Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Climbing Ladder Adds to Much-Needed Spirit

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Climbing Ladder Adds to Much-Needed Spirit

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Byline: Vince Habermann

FOOTBALL: After a strong finish to last season, Bundaberg Toyota Spirit captain Brett Kitching is buoyant about their prospects of a climb up the Queensland State League (QSL) ladder in the new year.

The Spirit collected their second straight wooden spoon, but they improved enormously after the recruitment of Central Coast Mariners young guns Nick Fitzgerald and Adam Ormsby and Sydney FC rising star Ray Miller in June.

They were too far back to force their way out of the cellar but a 3-3 draw with Sunshine Coast and a 2-1 victory over North Queensland Razorbacks showed their true potential.

Kitching said they had already done 10 weeks of pre-season training under coach Tony Roebuck, who has stepped up after being assistant to Richard Mitchell last season, and new assistant, Paul Fagan, who is another of the best coaches in the business.

C[pounds sterling]We have had a very good preparation so far with a bit of boxing, gym and runs, with training one day a week as a team but everyone has been encouraged to do another one or two sessions themselves,C[yen] Kitching said.

C[pounds sterling]We will have had a two-week break which is good, but will be back on the field next Thursday, weather permitting, but there is obviously a lot to work on.

C[pounds sterling]But we are definitely in good shape in the lead-up to our first game, which by the draft draw is against North Queensland at home on March 12 Co there are two rounds, so it is a short season which will finish and the end of July.

C[pounds sterling]We've got a few pre-season games against other State league clubs, the first being against Brisbane Strikers at the end of January, so it will all come up pretty quick.C[yen]

Kitching was a clear winner of the 2010 Spirit's Player of the Year award and also polled highly in the overall QSL count, and at the age of 28, like fine wine, he keeps getting better. …

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