Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Western Spirit, Springfield Impress in Massive Night of Canale Cup Clashes

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Western Spirit, Springfield Impress in Massive Night of Canale Cup Clashes

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

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Canale Cup preliminary round results: Western Spirit def Bardon-Latrobe 4-1, Springfield 4 (Cameron Kleinhans 2, Madison Elrick, Jay Johnson) def North Lakes Mustangs 2, Annerley 2 def Ipswich City Bulls 1 (Surafale Teshager), Newmarket def Ripley Valley 7-0.

FOOTBALL: Having recently taken over as head coach, David Coles has seen plenty to like at Western Spirit.

Coles has assumed the main guidance role with former co-coach Matt Raub unable to commit to the side at this stage of the season.

While the football mates still keep in touch, Coles was happy to keep overseeing Spirit's progress, especially after a spate of recent successes.

Fresh from a hard-fought 1-0 win over Annerley in the Capital League 1 competition, Western Spirit has advanced to the next stage of the annual Canale Cup competition.

The Goodna-based team overpowered Bardon-Latrobe 4-1 in Wednesday night's match at Kippen Park.

That followed other recent victories over Moggill (4-1) and Virginia United (2-1), keeping Spirit in touch with the CL1 top four.

"We've just got to push on,'' Coles said.

The team has been boosted by having former Queensland Schoolboys representative Jack Fuller back to cover for the experienced Chris Morrall, who is injured.

"I made subs at halftime just to give guys 45 minutes each,'' Coles said.

"I think it was beneficial to the guys that had a run.''

Spirit's next premiership match is against Samford away on Saturday night.

Samford will back up after a 3-2 extra-time win over Moggill in their midweek Canale Cup duel.

Springfield was the only other regional team to progress to the next round of the Canale Cup, after beating the North Lakes Mustangs 4-2 at Woodcrest College.

Like Spirit, Springfield fielded a mix of top team and Reserve Grade players in an entertaining game. …

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