Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fire Pushes Teen Brigade; Faith in Youth Expected to Pay Dividends

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fire Pushes Teen Brigade; Faith in Youth Expected to Pay Dividends

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Byline: STEVE ZEMEK

FOOTBALL: Age is no object -- that's the philosophy Sunshine Coast Fire coach Kevin A'Herne-Evans is attempting to instil in his teenage brigade.

The Fire has eight teenagers in its National Premier League squad this year as it looks look to build for the future.

A'Herne-Evans does not mince words. The club is in a rebuilding period, he says, but refuses to use that as an excuse.

To their credit the squad members have responded and not dropped their standards.

After losing its opening two matches, the Fire has won its past three and sits third on the NPL Queensland ladder.

Jacob Fulluck, 16, Jed Zanos and Brandon Lee, both 17, and 18-year-olds Jered Moore, Tosh Togatia, Kaine Varger, Brock Messenger and Bryce Cuschieri have all fought their way into the first side this year, and Bryce's brother, Jayke, is the old head of the group at 19.

"We're building a side for three or four years' time," A'Herne-Evans said.

"We're keeping it in mind and giving these guys a little taste of senior football.

"While they're here and they have this opportunity, we're giving them some exposure while we're in a comfortable position.

"While we've got (captain Paul) Arnison and our Japanese imports, we're giving them a chance to go out and learn with them, make sure we're bringing through the next generation. …

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