The Queensland Under-18 Scorpions leave for Townsville tomorrow, in the lead up to their clash with the North Queensland Under-25s.
Queensland Under-18 Scorpions coach,Ray Windsor, has backed his side to rebound from last weekend’s loss, in their match against the North Queensland Under-25s on Saturday.
The Scorpions leave for Townsville tomorrow for a three-day camp in the lead up to the match, and Windsor said he had faith in his charges to improve from their first outing against the Calder Cannons.
“I believe wholeheartedly that that match was a anomaly,” he said.
“Every single player on the ground played nowhere near their own ability.
“The output will be better than the output in the first match.”
The camp will be the first of its kind for the Under-18 squad, and Windsor said he hoped it would help to strengthen the team bonds ahead of June’s national championships.
“We get to spend a bit of time together and get acquainted with and comfortable with each other,” Windsor said.
As well as strengthening team cohesion, Windsor said the camp would give coaching staff an opportunity to clearly set down the expectations for the side in matches.
“We’re taking up quite a bit of footage to show how we want to play how and how we don’t want to play,” he said.
“We’ll break down the game from the weekend going to be a full game review.
“We hope the learning component is clear makes it very clear and what they’re supposed to and not supposed to do and where they’re meant to be and not meant to be.”
The camp will also act to prepare the players for interstate games in Tasmania and Victoria later in the year.
It’s a big weekend for football in Queensland, with a combined North Queensland side playing against the Scorpions for the first time.
Windsor said it was a big occasion for Queensland footy, with the match seen as a potential trial run for a NEAFL team from the region in future years.
“It’s not just all about us,” he said.
“It’s the first time an under-25s group has come together in NQ, so it will be an interesting match from that point of view.”
The Queensland Under-18 Scorpions leave for Townsville tomorrow for the camp, which runs until Sunday May 12.