Fraser leaves it to the young guns
NERIMBERA Magpies captain Tristan Fraser is confident in his side's ability to overcome competition dark horses Berserker despite his omission this weekend.
Ruled out through suspension, Fraser isn't the only driving force behind Nerimbera's emergence as one of the genuine contenders in the 2011 CQ Premier League.
In his return season to the CQ Premier League, Fraser joins forces with rookie coach Tony Zanda and a host of experienced players with his sights firmly on the elusive Wesley Hall Cup after six seasons with the Capricorn Cougars in the QSL.
With Fraser unavailable due to suspension, the reins will be left in the hands of former CQ Premier League coach Adam Wratten, Wesley Hall Cup winner Chris Clarke and 21-year-old Jade Dilleen, who, despite his age, has a wealth of experience.
After starting the season with back-to-back wins, Nerimbera suffered its first loss of the season on the weekend, 4-3 to reigning premiers Capricorn Coast.
The Magpies face Berserker, who salvaged a 1-1 draw after a late goal from Michael Cay during last weekend's encounter with Bluebirds, in round six football this weekend.
Clarke, Fraser and the team's “older blokes” are keen to develop the younger players coming through the ranks to help the club remain strong.
“I'm nowhere near as old as the other blokes,” Fraser joked.
“But I believe it's important that we do our part to help out the younger guys in the team and help them come through.”
In his 20th season in the top grade, Clarke is impressed with Zanda's approach this season and his drive to continually improve the side and his own coaching.
“He's always asking what we think about things,” Clarke said.
“He's bringing in new drills, and it's sharpening our skills up for sure,” Clarke said.
He is confident in his side's ability this weekend.