Yaralla Port City Power's player-coach Jessica Bibby.
Yaralla Port City Power's player-coach Jessica Bibby. The Gladstone Observer

Power stars hope for capital return

JESSICA Bibby and Natalie Hurst have returned to Canberra looking for back-to-back WNBL titles with the Canberra Capitals.

The women helped guide the Port City Power women to their first ever QBL premiership this year.

Relocating from Canberra to Gladstone both Bibby and Hurst helped the Gladstone team dominate the Queensland league in stellar fashion.

Back in the nation's capital the women are hoping to pick up after a shaky start to the season to grab back-to-back national titles before heading back to the sunshine state in 2010.

“We've struggled a little bit to start with...ideally we should have been three (wins) and zero (losses) we should have definitely been two and one but we let one slip against Townsville,” Bibby said.

Three rounds into the WNBL season, Canberra lost 73-88 to Bulleen in the first week before claiming a three point win against Logan, 63-60, and then narrowly lost to Townsville 78-79.

Bibby said despite their slow start, the Canberra team is still confident of another finals series.

“There's no panic, we're still very much looking forward to a successful season.”

Although Bibby admitted there is much room for improvement.

“A major area of concern for us has been our lack of possession, we're giving up to many offensive rebounds to the opposition and allowing them too many second looks at the basket.”

While nothing is set in stone, Bibby said if all goes to plan Hurst and herself will return to Gladstone for next year's QBL season.

“We are certainly looking forward to coming back early next year.”

The Power player/coach said her time in sunny Gladstone was symbolic of a six month holiday.

“Which I'm perfectly happy to do again,” Bibby said.



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