WITH only four games to go in the Queensland State league competition it is now do or die time for the Bundaberg Spirit if the team is to rid itself of the wooden spoon.
Captain Brett Kitching said winning this weekend's match against Capricorn Cougars would be vital if the team is to escape the QSL cellar.
“We don't want to be last-placed again and a win this weekend was important if we want to climb up the ladder,” he said.
The absence of fullbacks Adam Ormsby and Corey Haack, due to suspension will mean the Spirit backline will be a little understaffed, but Kitching is confident the team can keep the notorious Capricorn Cougar strikers at bay.
“We've got a bit of talent to draw upon and, if we ensure defence is tight across the park, then we'll be in good stead,” he said.
Kitching hoped the game's home location advantage at Marten's Oval would help his team take the first step in the journey up from the bottom of the ladder.
“We want to see as many people in the stands as possible – because we're going to need all the cheers and support we can get,” he said.
Kitching said all players had been fully briefed about the importance of this weekend's match and he expected players to bring plenty of passion and vigour.
“It's something we've talked about as a team and it's something we've committed to, so we'll be out there focused and with a resolve to win,” he said.
“Ditching the wooden spoon won't be easy and neither will winning this game.
“But it's something we're determined to do,” Kitching said.