Congratulations to Brady Walmsley, Townsville Flames and Jamie Pearlman, Cairns Marlins for taking out the Coach of the Month honours for the last regular season round of QBL 2016!
Men: Jamie Pearlman – Cairns Marlins
Entering the final weeks of the QBL season, the Marlins were 4-5 and looked unlikely to secure a postseason position, with their pool rivals the Rockets and the Meteors flying. However with the return of some key players, the Marlins Head Coach Jamie Pearlman showed his ability to adapt to different game-styles with his personnel chopping and changing and lead his team to win after win at the pointy end of the season.
It wasn’t an easy stretch by any means for Pearlman and his team, with a desperate Rocky side at Hegvold headlining the importance of winning upcoming games. Although the Marlins fell short, it proved to be their only loss in this pivotal stretch as they went 7-1. No victory nevertheless was as important as the Round 13 clash against the ladder-leaders in Townsville. A win was needed for the Marlins to hope for a post-season position, and Pearlman had his group ready as they jumped the red-hot Heat and ran out 21 point victors. With the struggling Rip and Bulls to follow, the Marlins took care of business and locked in a home qualifying final.
Pearlman’s NBL coaching experience is no doubt a contributing factor to the Marlins successful season. An Assistant Coach with the Cairns Taipans since 2012 as well as Head Coach of the CQUniversity Taipans Academy he is one of the leagues’ more experienced coaches. Pearlman last won a coach of the month award in 2014 when he also took out the coveted QBL Men’s Coach of the Year Award after leading his men through to post-season play in his second year at the helm.
The Marlins hit the road this weekend to face Townsville Heat in what is set to be a semi-final thriller.
Women: Brady Walmsley – Townsville Flames
At the start of the season, Townsville Flames Head Coach Brady Walmsley would have known that July would be his team’s biggest month, with the ability to make or break his talented squad’s playoff aspirations. Walmsley proved he was up for the challenge however, leading his side to an 8-1 record which set them up to go 13-4 on the season, a slight improvement from last year’s standing as they narrowly missed out on the playoffs.
Round 11 was a real test for the Flames, with the Gold Coast, South West and Logan to play, two of which are playoff teams and were keen to get a big scalp. July certainly featured a few trap games for the Flames with the unpredictable Power on the road and a desperate Dolphins outfit in Cairns to follow. The Flames didn’t falter however, winning all of these crucial matchups with the only loss coming at the hands of the Cyclone’s in Rockhampton.
Brady has been the Head Coach of the U18 North Boys State Team since 2013 and enjoyed success in 2015 when the team took home Bronze at the U18 AJCs. This is Brady’s second season as Head Coach of the Flames and his first season making the finals. The Flames bowed out of the competition in the Quarter finals last weekend losing to a formidable Meteorettes outfit on the road 82-67.