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 Larry Daniels from the Bundaberg Bulls and Megan Thompson from the Gold Coast Rollers women’s team.
Geoff Tarrant – Brisbane Capitals Men’s Team
We travelled to Toowoomba last weekend to play the Mountaineers in their first home game of the season in front of a terrific crowd with high expectations of another win to follow on from their 2-0 start to the season. I am very pleased to have come away with a win especially after Toowoomba’s strong comeback through the middle third of the game which saw them take the lead with 7 minutes to go. While our shot selection, shot preparation and discipline in offence are still very much work in progress, I was ecstatic with our discipline at the defensive end down the stretch that led to a 22-4 run to finish the game. We are getting solid performances from 1 through to 10 each week and last weekend was no different. This allows us to build and maintain pressure on our opposition which is something we have worked extremely hard at over the preseason.
Our preparations this week have and will continue to be disrupted due to illness and injury. Fortunately we have had an extremely long preseason where we have played nine games since mid-March leading into the regular season so our grounding has been solid and the disruptions shouldn’t affect us too much. Every game is vital with the competition being so evenly matched so we need to be switched on this weekend against a very strong Northside outfit boosted by the return of the Metro State boys Kaye and McCarron. The hard part for us is the scouting because we haven’t seen the full group playing together.
The league in general just keeps getting stronger with all clubs fielding imports or NBL players. Cairns are a completely different and more athletic unit than what they have been the last few years and look very strong playing a more fluent brand of basketball. Rocky and Mackay look typically strong and the central pool just gets harder and harder each year so we are now getting a taste for how difficult it’s been for teams in the north to qualify in such a strong pool. Toowoomba are very strong and Ipswich and South West look very competitive in the south. I was not in the least bit surprised that Sunshine Coast bounced back with a good win on the weekend after their strong second half showing against us the week before. That’s the way the league is now and you just have to be up and ready for every game if you want to be competitive. The upside being that the more tight contests we play in the better prepared we are for finals basketball which is an edge that the north have had pretty much exclusively in the past due to the depth in their pool.
Mick Virgo – Mackay Meteorettes
The Global Product Search Meteorettes had a pleasing win over a committed Northside Wizards in Round 3. After a slow first quarter we produced a solid effort for the remaining three quarters. We are yet to display a four quarter effort, which is something we are striving to achieve this weekend.
With a tough road trip ahead we have been working on our defensive intensity in order to limit the number of easy looks we have given up in the first three rounds. We are also trying to refine our offensive transition as we have lacked consistency thus far.
I believe the league has a lot more depth this year and as a result the level and quality of basketball is higher across the board. Teams cannot afford to have lapses and will need to be on their game each night as the competition for final places will be very tight. There are a number of genuine contenders for the title, making for an exciting year ahead.