Derrick McDonald.
Derrick McDonald. Derrick Den Hollander

Power coach aims for play-offs

MEN’S Port City Power player-coach Blair Smith is looking to new heights for the 2010 season.

The squad is almost complete with the addition of new recruits – Derrick McDonald (Melbourne), Keith Borgan (Denmark) and Ryley Buntain (Noosa) – all of whom would be training with the squad by Wednesday.

“We’ll have everybody bar Anthoney Esparza by next week,” Smith said.

“But he played with us last year and he knows how we play and where we want to go,” the player-coach said.

The QBL season does not get underway until April 3 this year, so Esparza will still arrive in Gladstone two to three weeks before the first bounce.

“It’s a good six or seven weeks preparation with most of our group,” Smith said.

“We’ve had a lot of disruptive problems over the last two or three seasons.

“It’ll be nice to start the season with the team we want to end the season with.”

Already deep into their training schedule, Smith is expecting bigger and better things from his 2010 team.

“We definitely want to make the play-offs,” he said.

The Power finished ninth last year.

“Our first game is away, then we have four at home so ideally we’ll make it five (wins) and zero (losses),” the coach said yesterday.

“We’ve been working hard on fitness and hopefully that’ll pay off for us.”

Smith said they had been training for two-and-a-half hours every Wednesday and Thursday for a month and would step it up again this week when they introduce an additional training session.

“And then the guys do extra on top of that,” Smith said.

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