The Brisbane Roar Youth boys will have a different voice guiding them from the sideline this evening as Owen Baker steps up to lead the side during their NPL Queensland clash with Moreton Bay United.
Baker, the BRFC Academy’s U23s Head Coach, will oversee the Men’s team for the next few matches as Chris Grossmann spends time with his wife Emily and new baby daughter Georgia, who arrived on Saturday.
Coaching at NPL Men’s level is nothing out of the ordinary for former Brisbane Strikers boss Baker and he’s hoping to help continue the team’s fine form.
“Of course there is an element of excitement but where the boys sit on the ladder is testament to the work Chris and the boys have put in so far,” Baker said.
“Everybody knows their job and their role so my job today is to remind them of these things. There are some excellent young players and people within the program. I have loved every minute so far and been made very welcome to the club.”
Gold Coast Knights’ loss to Eastern Suburbs on Saturday means Young Roar have the chance to go five points clear in second spot.
Last weekend’s rollercoaster 2-2 draw with Olympic FC left the side with eight wins, two draws and a single defeat from their 11 matches this season and extended their unbeaten streak to six games.
Sunday’s opponents Moreton Bay are seven points behind in fifth but Baker expects an extremely tough contest.
“Playing at Wolter Park is one of the hardest and most intense games on the calendar,” he said.
“They have an outstanding work ethic and mentality to stop the opposition from getting settled and playing football, so we will need to be prepared to work extremely hard to get something from the game.
“Royce has some excellent senior NPL players who will enjoy the challenge of playing a Roar team, we know that much!”
NPL Queensland Men’s Matchweek 12
Moreton Bay United vs Brisbane Roar Youth
Sunday, 6 June
Wolter Park, Albany Creek