Paul O’Brien – Brisbane Capitals Women’s team Coach.
“We travelled to South Pine stadium last weekend to take on Northside in a cross-pool game that had serious implications for both clubs. Northside had not won a game to this point and we were sitting at 1 and 3, so a loss would make it extremely difficult for playoff considerations, even at this early stage of the season. After taking a 14 point lead during the 3rd quarter, Northside came back at us strongly, and I was extremely proud of our your group to hold on for a 4 point win, our second win in a row. After previous close losses to Carins by 6 and 3 to Suncoast, where we were in similar situations, it was great to see our players had learned from this and was not prepared to drop this one.
In one of the more unusual twists to the draw, we come up against Northside again this weekend, however, this time at our home court, Auchenflower. I would expect a similar game to last week, but will be looking at greater input from D’Lesha Lloyd, who is over a niggling ankle injury and from Skye Rees, who is trying to adjust to the Australian referees’ calling of the game.
In general, the league is much stronger this season. Most clubs are running with two quality import players and are supported by good Australian players. In the central pool all five teams seem to all be capable of worrying the strong northern teams, if they play to their potential.”
Mick Conlon – Ipswich Force men’s team Coach
“We were very happy to get back on winning ways last weekend and we played more our style of ball. We managed to keep Bundy to 33 at the first half and that is something we have been focusing a lot of energy on. We just need to close out games with aggression.
We have worked really hard and the boys have been competing with practice on Tuesday and we will watch video and get a lot of technical stuff covered tonight along with shooting so a lighter session. With preparing for Suncoast they are tough with quality wing scorers and have a bunch of bigs that can really play , they play an up tempo style so should be a good match up.
I think the league is much improved and tighter this year. There is 4 more dominant teams in Mackay, Rocky, Cairns and Brisbane but they are all beatable along with other teams getting stronger down south. Toowoomba has two of the best imports in the league and their role players all do their jobs very well . I am happy apart from the Toowoomba game with the style we are playing and think we might surprise some teams if we get hot from the perimeter and find that killer instinct.”