Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bulls Brace for Duel with Rivals; Tradition Gives Home Side Vital Edge

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bulls Brace for Duel with Rivals; Tradition Gives Home Side Vital Edge

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Building derby Spirit

ALL going to plan, the next generation of regional footballers will tonight discover why local derbies often bring out the best in players.

Western Spirit goalkeeper and assistant coach Chris Morrall has been in the proverbial firing line enough times to know exactly what can happen.

So with a young playing group around him this season, Morrall joined with captain Mauricio Arena and another seasoned campaigner Jarred Hancock to drive home the message this week.

"We all spoke to the boys on how important the game is and all that,'' Morrall said.

"We tried to fire them all up and get them excited.''

Morrall hopes promising under-18 players like Brendan Ashcroft, Jamie Livingstone, Alex Varkevisser and Mitchell Spencer embrace the added intensity of a local derby.

He was confident Spirit would field a competitive combination despite winger Lukas Kljajic being monitored with a sore back.

"We're just taking it easy with him,'' Morrall said.

Spirit head into tonight's game after beating Oxley United 3-1 last weekend, their second win from three CL2 games this season.

DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

AS someone who loves football, Norbert Duga appreciates what local derbies mean.

He's played in plenty between Ipswich City and Western Spirit on his way to coaching the Bulls top side.

While retaining a healthy regard for Western Spirit, Duga is backing his players to rise to the occasion again when the cross-town rivals clash in tonight's Capital League 2 showdown at Brassall.

"Given the history of the derbies, I think we probably have more players in the side with that history,'' Duga said.

"They (Spirit) seem to have a lot of new guys and some young kids that may not (be familiar with the added intensity).

"Hopefully that gives us a bit of an extra lift.''

Despite major changes in Spirit personnel this season, Duga is preparing his side for an ambush in the 6pm game at Sutton Park.

"I'm expecting a tough game,'' he said.

"They'll work hard and they'll be hard to break down.

"I think people wrote them off a little bit earlier in the year. …

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