Pressure is on

GIANTS Liquor Port City Power women's coach Shane Brown is counting on the pressure exerted by a batch of young hopefuls to push the side to higher achievements this year.

With the side travelling for its first trial match of the season against Hervey Bay this weekend, the new women's mentor is keen to see his charges in game play after weeks on the practice court.

'I think, with all the young players coming through, they will push our senior ones harder to get more court time,' Brown said.

'Our training has been very competitive and I think that's mainly due to this upcoming match against Hervey Bay.'

Brown will be missing several members of the squad for this weekend's encounter due to junior representative commitments, but believes there will still a lot to be gleaned from the match.

'We're not going there to win it. We just want to see what we have to work on to improve,' he said.

The squad has been boosted by the return to Gladstone of junior state representative Diana Neves who will link with Leonie Macks, Kasey Bowman and Tiffany Bates to provide experience to the Power whose season gets under way in April.

However, just as exciting for Brown is the potential of the juniors coming into the senior squad.

He said the senior players had trained the house down, aware that hungry youngsters were waiting to be in the starting-five should anyone above them lose intensity.

Brown said he had introduced more discipline to the women's ranks this year and was confident that would result in improved performances in the 2005 Queensland Amateur Basketball League Southern Cross Division premiership.

'This year we've got a lot more height and we're faster and fitter and more disciplined than last year,' Brown said.

'But I'm just looking forward to seeing what we do this weekend.'



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