Business as usual for Power
MCDONALDS Gladstone Port City Power interim coach Yassine Ghomari jumped at the chance to put his hand up and coach after the shock resignation of Brian Waters.
Ghomari, who is recovering from a calf injury, said it was a different experience barking instructions from the sidelines as opposed to getting amongst it as a player.
"Just watching the game tape and the play and all the other things that comes with coaching was different," Ghomari said as the team prepares for today's home match against Ipswich from 8pm at Kev Broome Stadium. A coach will be announced before the bye which is in two weeks, by which time Ghomari is aiming to get back on the court. "I'm unsure if I'll be back next weekend, but definitely after the bye," Ghomari said.
Compounding his injury woe is the doubt clouding Marvin Williams who injured his knee in the warm-up before the game against Cairns.
Regardless of the outcome, Ghomari said that the Power's strength lies at home.
We play real well at home and so the focus will be more about ourselves," Ghomari said.
In-form Jake Allen said Ghomari has the same passion as Waters.
"We're still continuing on and it will be great to have Yassine as the coach and there is great chemistry with him as the coach," Allen said.
The possible loss of Williams and dynamic Ray Williams, who was in foul trouble in the same game, did not help the Power's cause last weekend.
"Ray was double-teamed against Cairns and he also got four fouls fairly early," Allen said. As for his own form, Allen has been pleased and said the leadership role has made him improve his game.
"My season has been alright, but looking for more wins and this year I have more responsibility," Allen said. Meanwhile the Power women tip off from 6pm in what is a season-defining clash also against Ipswich.
Gladstone v Ipswich women 6pm
Gladstone v Ipswich men 6pm