Squad stocked with local talent
TWELVE Bundaberg juniors are among the 17-man Bundaberg Spirit youth team that kicks off its inaugural Queensland State League (QSL) campaign in April.
Jack Hambrecht, Michael Coleman and Luke Leggett will return to the under-19 side this season after tasting the top-flight QSL last year.
“It’s fantastic to have the likes of them in the squad with the experience they have,” head coach Steve Bates said.
“What we have are 17 really keen lads that are looking forward to the season.”
Three Hervey Bay and two Maryborough juniors make up the numbers, while Childers’ Thomas Head is knocking on the door after returning from injury.
Head broke his arm last year and missed six months of football.
But the young gun has impressed coach Bates.
“He’s not far away from forcing himself into the side,” Bates said.
The under-19s play a trial game this weekend and two more before their first game against Logan on April 3.
Bates said word was spreading about Bundaberg’s injection into the Queensland-wide competition.
“I was down on the Sunshine Coast last weekend and people were asking me who we were playing and when we had home games,” he said.
“Outsiders are interested in our progress and are excited to see us do well.”
Spirit Youth Squad
Tim Merrick (Hervey Bay), Daniel Smith (Bundaberg), Jacob Miles (Maryborough), Rohan Killer (Bundaberg), Aaron Mackie (Maryborough), John Cullen (Hervey Bay), Luke Leggett (Bundaberg) Hayden Lobegeier (Bundaberg), Grady Martin (Bundaberg), Michael Coleman (Bundaberg), Tyson Long (Bundaberg), Jack Hambrecht (Bundaberg), Josh Medcalf (Bundaberg), Ben Owen (Bundaberg), Brady Watt (Hervey Bay), Brendan Davis (Bundaberg) and Lynton Seary (Bundaberg).