Cooper and Walmsley find plusses
BASKETBALL: It has been a difficult season for the Ray Cooper-coached Gladstone Port City Power Central Apartment Breakers.
But the coach is optimistic that most of the players will remain at the club next season.
The Power completed the season in the Queensland state competition with a fighting 91-75 loss against Logan Thunder on Sunday to finish 14th on the QBL ladder with just one win and 17 losses.
"I think that they have all learnt and have grown this season," Cooper said in what he deemed as a development year.
Players such as Amanda Frost, Milomilo Nanai and Ashleigh Kelman-Poto were the 'big three' throughout the season, but Briana Bailey stepped up in the second half of the tear.
Cooper will re-asses the team's and his own performance during the off-season and he said his players have shown no inkling other than to re-commit next season.
"They have all shown indications that they want to be here and they enjoy the crowd and enjoy the people here and that they have great support from everyone," he said.
"It'll be crazy for anyone for not to want to come back to a program like this."
Gladstone Port City Power Capricorn Surge men's mentor Brady Walmsley was heartened to see his charges challenge final-bound Logan.
And he believes the core group can be a platform of a Power renaissance moving forward.
"I thought the standards throughout the course of the year were Taylor Young and Cirkook Riak and thought those guys had pretty consistent years," Walmsley said.
"I was really impressed with Nathaniel Musters' work at the back end of the season and he was tremendous last Saturday night and good again on Sunday."
The coach said to build on from some competitive outings against some of the best teams in the QBL, is something he will hope to do next season.
"The mark of a good team is some continuity and consistency and we had moments where we showed we can compete with the best teams in the competition," he said.