Grand final flag raising an honour
FLAG waving takes on new meaning Saturday night, when the Kev Broome Stadium rafters are graced with another symbol of success.
The 2010 QBL premiership flag is being raised tomorrow night in recognition of the Port City Power women’s team taking out the grand final last year in fine style after dominating the competition.
Port City Power coach Jessica Bibby said the flag-raising ceremony was acknowledgement for the team’s effort last year, but the 2011 season was whole new ball game and the three-peat wouldn’t just eventuate.
“It’s always nice (raising the flag) and especially for our second year in a row,” she said.
“I’ll probably mention it briefly in our pre-game chat to the players, but I’ve already spoken to the girls about last year being last year.
“It’s a big night for the club and the association and then it will be definitely business as usual on our home court.
“Hopefully there’s a big crowd and it’s reasonably intimidating for the opposition lining up there to raise the premiership banner before tip off.”
Bibby has played in stadiums housing 15-20,000 spectators and she believes the Kev Broome faithful punches well above their weight in volume and support.
“Nothing beats that small town, close feel with fans sitting close to the court,” she said.
“When you’re in the Gladstone stadium it’s hard to tell the difference between the larger stadiums because they (supporters) are so passionate and noisy.
“Hopefully we can close to capacity tomorrow night sending out a message to the rest of the league.”
Bibby said the fact fans show up to watch the women play is testament to the standard of basketball the girls display.
“It’s a proud moment for all of us because we’ve generated that (support), it hasn’t been promoted to get people to attend,” she said.
“To put bums on seats, you’ve got to put on an entertaining product and I think we are entertaining.
“It’s great people come back, week in, week out and we’re the envy of the league.”
The Power literally blew Mackay off the court in the first quarter last week and took the game out of their reach; the coach pleased with how the team gelled and performed.
“We didn’t expect the result to be as lop-sided as it was and having two new members and three hours of practice,” she said.
“Hannah fitted in nicely to the structures and Michelle did what I knew she was capable off.”
Nat Hurst is a possibility to play tomorrow night after returning from Europe and if this eventuates, Bibby will coach from the sidelines and sit out the match.
“Missing one Gold Coast for me won’t matter, but saying that I’m ready to go,” she said.
“If I’m not playing I’ll be a full on coach for one evening and it would be nice to have a look at our structures and set up from the sidelines.
“It’ll be something positive I’ll use in my development as a coach. I’ll enjoy it if it happens.”
Gold Coast have WNBL rookie of the year Gretel Tippett and an international import for the Power to contend with tomorrow night, and
“Our strength will be in the guard positions and Gold Coast certainly aren’t going to be a walkover for us.”
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