Following the first round of the #QBL16 we caught up with Head Coach of the Gold Coast Rollers men, Pero Cameron.
With an enviable wealth of experience as both a player and a coach at NBL and National level we wanted to hear Pero’s thoughts on his team’s effort and his opinion on the talent in the league overall.
After your first game as Head Coach in the QBL how have you found the standard of the league compared to the leagues around the world you have coached and played in?
I’ve found the level to be very competitive, it caters for players that are at different stages of their playing careers, e.g. a great place for upcoming juniors to start, also a great place for NBL veterans to play once their careers have wound down but they are still wanting that competition and obviously those players that are currently competing wanting to get to the next level and onto Australian NBL teams, the same goes for imports that are trying to get their name out there for the NBL.
You have a very good blend of veterans and young athletic players this year are you happy with the balance of the team and what are your expectations for the team moving forward this year?
I’ve got a great mix of young and experienced players on the team this season; obviously having the veterans on the team is only going to help develop our younger talent. I am happy that the vets were keen to be a part of the program this season as their experience is invaluable. The fact that they are predominantly from the Gold Coast or have been living here for an extended period of time is a bonus as well. Many of our juniors recognise them and this only encourages local support for our team. As far as expectations go, we are aiming for the playoffs and anything short of that would be a disappointment for everyone involved.
You’re facing Gladstone, one of the semi-final teams from last year do you know much about them and the Northern teams yet?
Gladstone have a talented roster, notably Gold Coast Juniors Tyler and Jake Allen, they have always been tough competition in this league. In regards to the other Northern Teams, I’ll be keeping an eye on games as we go, Rockhampton will be tough with Shaun Gleeson and Tom Garlepp as will Townsville and Cairns.
With being the assistant coach for the Tall Blacks are you going to miss much of the QBL season in preparation for the Olympics qualifiers?
I’ll be with the National Team from in preparation for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament between the 5th-10th of July, obviously our results in Manilla will determine my availability. I have great Assistant Coaches in Steve Weiland and Brendan LeGassick who are more than capable of stepping in to cover the team in my absence.