Western club sides play with pride and dedication
WESTERN Spirit Football Club players, supporters and officials are celebrating another successful junior season.
The under 13 Division 4 boys side led the way by winning the grand final 6-0 over Logan last weekend.
The Spirit team were premiers and champions.
Shafi Amza, 11, was named player of the year for the team, a great achievement given it was his first year playing.
Shafi was also playing up two age groups.
"This team has achieved something special,'' club secretary Wendy Spencer said.
"To finish 2013 last with just one win, and turn the season around with only four new players, to then finish as premiers and champions is an incredible achievement.
"Coach Stratos has done something amazing with these young boys.''
The team finished in first place with a goal difference of 52.
Western Spirit's under 13 Division 1 South side also won their grand final.
They beat Rochedale 1-0 at Eric Evans Oval.
The team won last year's Under 12 Division 2 grand final, moving up a division to claim back-to-back finals.
Spirit finished the season fourth and had to overcome the premiers and third placed teams to take the title of champions for the season.
"They relished the tougher competition and finished a respectable fourth in a tough group,'' Spencer said.
In their semi-final, the Spirit boys worked hard against premiers UQ to win 2-1, having previously lost both games to them.
Spirit's under 15 BJL team lost the grand final 3-1 to Park Ridge.
"To finish fourth and make the grand final is amazing and we are very proud of the boys and coach Darren Hillier,'' Spencer said.
Spirit's under 16 BJL combination won their grand final 4-2 over Souths United.
Western Spirit became premiers and champions for the year.
The team has been together for many years, making last year's grand final where they only lost 4-3.
"It is great that they end their junior football on a grand final win after last year ending up as runners up in the under 15 BJL final 2013,'' Spencer said.
Western Spirit had six junior teams qualify for semi-finals.
The under 14 Division 2 girls came third and the club's under 12 BJL team came fourth.
"The boys and girls have been amazing this year, and to have so many qualify for finals and then four teams into the grand final is an amazing result for the club,'' Spencer said.
"With such talent coming through, the future of the club and the region is looking bright.''