Sunday evening's National Premier Leagues fixture will cap off a ‘Super Sunday’ at Logan Metro Sports Complex, with all six of the BRFC Academy in action.
The Young Roar will face eighth place Gold Coast United FC in their first clash at Logan Metro Sports Complex since mid-April (6:30pm KO), following a busy mid-season schedule away from home.
Young Roar Head Coach James Robinson says that the opportunity for his players to put their best foot forward with Hyundai A-League pre-season on the horizon, as well as cap off a jam-packed day for the Academy, will give his side added momentum.
“You see the whole process in action, the younger players get to see the older players and the older players are striving every week to make an impact for our NPL Queensland Senior Men's side,” Robinson said.
Having already travelled south earlier in the season to pick up an important 2-0 victory against Sunday's opponents, Coach Robinson is confident that Youth side can adapt to physical challenges.
“We know it’s going to be another physical encounter this week - the last time we met they had two players sent off. It doesn’t concern the boys though, it was one of our strongest games for our improvement during the season so far, we put our own stamp on the game and came out on the other side stronger for the experience,” Robinson added.
“We’ll give Gold Coast [United] the respect they deserve, they have plenty of good individual talent that can hurt you and it’s important for the boys to attack this opportunity with their best foot forward.”
The Young Roar have enjoyed a strong first half of this year’s National Premier Leagues season, which Robinson attributes to the club’s strong pathways for youth improvement.
“The big positive from this whole club and this whole environment we have built here is that the young boys get a chance to come through all the way from under 13’s to the top team,” Robinson continued.
“It’s a fantastic system from top to bottom and it’s a credit to everybody involved in the club who keeps that feeling strong.”
BRFC Academy fixtures – Sunday, 27 May
U14 NPL: BRFC U13 v Gold Coast United
U15 NPL: BRFC U14 v Gold Coast United
U16 NPL: BRFC U15 v Gold Coast United
U18 NPL: BRFC U16 v Gold Coast United
U20 NPL: BRFC U18 v Gold Coast United
NPL Men's: Young Roar v Gold Coast United