Spirit prepares for QT Cup
DESPITE losing two of their stars from last season, the Western Spirit claim they have a better list this year and will try to prove it tomorrow night when opening the QT Cup competition against Oxley.
The Spirit will field an undermanned side against Oxley at Sutton Park at 7pm tomorrow with the majority of the first team recovering from a Silver Boot Cup match.
The Spirit, under new coach Paul Milne, who takes over from Troy Wickstein, are trialling a new formation.
Last season the Spirit employed a 4-4-2 formation but have changed it to 3-5-2 this year.
Milne said both the Silver Boot Cup side and the team contesting the QT Cup will use the tactic.
“We are just trying some new things this year,” Milne said.
“With the squad we have, there are a number of guys who can play a variety of positions so we can trial a different formation and see if it works and if it doesn't, we will trial something else.
“That's what these pre-season games are for.”
Milne said they had several additions this year to cover for losing Shaun Kitching and Wickstein from the first grade team.
“We have a couple of guys who have come from the Lions (Queensland Lions Premier League team) and also some players who used to play for us, but have come back after being overseas for a few years.
“The guys we have got in will cover for Troy and Shaun.
“We will have some first grade players in the team contesting the QT Cup but it will mainly be a reserve grade team.”