Spirit coach keen to stick with club
IN his first year as a head coach, Nick Paterson concedes he would have taken finishing third and making a grand final if offered that at the start of the season.
So he was disappointed but far from dejected after Western Spirit lost yesterday's season decider 3-0 to premiers Souths.
After an enjoyable year at the club, Paterson is keen to return next season to continue his work with a promising group of Capital League 2 footballers.
"I made mistakes throughout the season,'' Paterson said after yesterday's grand final at Richlands.
"We're always learning, as you are as a player. I'll be better for it next season as well.
"I can't wait to get back into it next year, after a break.''
And so will the group of young players the club is developing.
"If we get all those boys back and build on that, we've got to be thereabouts again next year,'' Paterson said.
Spirit trailed 1-0 in the grand final against a team that only lost twice all season.
Spirit's hopes suffered a setback when 2015 season Players' Player Damian Andison withdrew during the warm-up. The centre midfielder was struggling with osteitis pubis.
"That's the team player as he is always,'' Paterson said of his unselfish decision.
Andison received his award at the team's grand final breakfast yesterday morning.
The other CL2 presentation winner was goalkeeper Jack Fuller, who received the Coach's Player of the Year accolade.
"For a keeper at such a young age, that was an absolute huge effort from him,'' Paterson said.
Despite a heavy injury toll, Spirit felt they were still in the game at halftime yesterday.
"We were doing a lot of right things,'' Paterson said.
"They (Souths) are the premiers and rightfully the premiers. We were always going to be up against it.''
Paterson was overall happy with Spirit's season after building a new squad and watching them gel and develop new friendships.
"Looking back on it, it's not a bad achievement,'' he said.
"I would have liked a bit more but we really hold ourselves in good stead for next season.''
Meanwhile, Western Pride trio Jesse Rigby, Joe Duckworth and Harry Sawyer were given a first-hand insight into A-League football on Saturday night.
The National Premier League state players were part of the Queensland Under 23 All-Stars team, which was outclassed 8-0 by a rampant Brisbane Roar side at Nathan.
Roar were at the dazzling best against the All-Stars team.
State of Play
- Capital League 2 grand final: Souths 3 d Western Spirit 0.
- NPL exhibition game: Brisbane Roar 8 (Steve Lustica 3, Jean Carlos Solorzano, Brandon Borello, Jerome Polenz, Dimitri Petratos, Jack Hingert) def Queensland Under 23 All-Stars 0.