Each week we catch up with four coaches in the league to get their take on the competition so far.
This week’s video interviews are with Jason Chainey – Coach of the Logan Thunder women’s team, and Joel Khalu – Coach of the Mackay Meteors.
Jamie Pearlman: Cairns Marlins Head Coach
“Bundaberg’s two dominant bigs in Willie Shackleford and Dwayne Radcliffeboth lived up to their reputation with Shackleford recording his usual double double and Radcliffe equaling the game high 20pts for the game. We got off to a great start with Matt Andronicos providing a great target in the post and Nathan Sobey and Corey Maynard controlling the tempo at the offensive end. It was very pleasing to see Aaron Bin Tahal have a significant influence over the game with his defensive pressure and quick first step getting him into the paint on numerous occasions. All 10 players were able to hit the court and contribute to the win which gave us confidence leading into Game 2 v Brisbane.
“We knew Brisbane would be tough on the back end of the double. Aaron Anderson was an unknown quantity but Curt Ahwang and Aaron Bin Tahal were able to somewhat restrict his output through their defensive pressure. Anthony Kopcikas came in off the bench and caused us problems with his aggressive push in transition and Dusty Rychart caused us issues with his cagey play and deadly mid range jumpshot. Brisbane’s restrictive defence forced us into turnovers and restricted our ball movement, forcing us into long periods without scoring. The closing minutes of the game where chaotic and somewhat bizzare which saw us just scrape over the line to record the win.
“Any time you go on the road at the start of the season and come home with 2 wins is very satisfying however we are more than aware that we have many aspects of our game to improve on if we are to be consider legitimate contenders for the title.
“The league has gone to another level this year with the talent that has been recruited. The south looks incredibly strong this year with danger teams at every turn. CJ Massingale to Northside with Nick Kay and Mitch McCarron looks like a championship squad. Erron Maxey in Toowoomba is very exciting for the league and Logan have put together a great squad with Mitch Young at the core. Ipswich has gotten off to a great start this season with James Legan, and lastly the north is sure to be tough again especially playing on the road. I am very excited about the season and looking forward to taking on the challenge each team presents.”
Brad George: Ipswich Force Women’s team Head Coach
“Our Round 1 performance was satisfying enough, considering an interrupted pre-season we have had due to my commitments coaching the Queensland South Under 18 Girls State Team.
“We were a little inconsistent throughout the game on both ends of the floor and it is an area of focus for this upcoming game against Toowoomba.
“I expect Toowoomba to be up for this game, after seemingly having an off night last weekend against South West Metro Pirates, so we need to sure up a few areas from our game against Gold Coast.
“The women’s league is getting tougher each year due to the quality players wanting to come back and play in the QBL. As we saw with some of the results from Round 1, any team on any given night can win. I am looking forward to the season with some exciting new challenges for myself and the playing group.”