New coach to power up the women
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
NEW Port City Power women's coach Ben Claughton is excited at the prospect of lifting the team in 2006.
An experienced coach with a fine junior coaching record, Claughton has been pinpointed by Gladstone Basketball as the right man to lead the Power up the Southern Cross table next season.
'This job is going to be a great challenge, I can't wait to get started,'' Claughton said.
'Next year will be the third year the club is in the Southern Cross league and really shapes as a big year.
'The team was playing pretty well towards the end of last year and I am keen for us to continue to improve.'
Like all coaches, Claughton has his philosophy on how he likes his team's playing and has promised those loyal Power fans an up-tempo game in 2006.
"I like my teams to play an uptempo attacking game and be tight defensively, with plenty of intensity.
'The girls will need to work hard over the summer, but I am confident we can achieve results playing that way,' he said.
Claughton wasn't drawn on the make-up of the Power lineup at this early stage, but is hopeful that star guard Diana Neves suits up.
He added that there were a few fires in the iron regarding new players, but will welcome anyone who wants to participate when the Open try-outs are held in December.
But they have to realise one thing.
'I am looking for a serious commitment from the girls next season.
'We are here to win and play hard, because we are playing in the second best competition in the state. If we work hard, I believe the results will be there.'