Claughton moves upto games? senior ranks
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
NEW head coach Ben Claughton turns on the Power for the first time when his Port City women's team kick off their Southern Cross Basketball season preparations tonight.
Claughton, who has been a highly-successful junior coach in the harbour city, takes the first step of his transition to senior ranks tonight.
It is a step he is excited to be taking and is counting down the days until the season tips off.
"I am looking forward to the start of the season, it really starts for all of us with the first night of practice,'' Claughton said.
"It is still early days for us, with the season still 12 weeks away, but we are looking to build into it gradually.''
Claughton said the purpose of tonight's session was to get the squad together and offer a chance for any players who would like to be part of this year's squad to attend.
"We are looking to establish a development group like the boys team did last year,'' he said. "So any players (new or old) who are aspiring to play at this level are very welcome to come down,'' he said. One player keen for a big season is 2005 skipper Kasey Bowman who will be a key player with the loss of Leonie Macks (Sydney) and Diana Neves (injury).
"I am very excited about this year, to have a senior coach with Ben's experience is great for the team,'' Bowman said.
"Even though there is not a lot of senior players around, I think there are a lot of talented young girls like Nicole (Just) and Paige (Wharton) who will be better this year after tasting what the league is like last year.''
Training starts from 7pm at the PCYC.