L-R Gladstone player Ray Willis and Rockets Dominic Cheek in the Rockhampton Rockets v Gladstone basketball game at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
L-R Gladstone player Ray Willis and Rockets Dominic Cheek in the Rockhampton Rockets v Gladstone basketball game at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Ray of hope for Power

RAY WILLIS said his decision to return to the Gladstone Port City Power's basketball side was an easy one.

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Other than the warmth and autumn sunshine to be enjoyed; the classy playmaker returns from the cold of Sweden, where he played for Sundsvall Dragons.

"If you like to focus on something and have a purpose, then Gladstone is the perfect place," Willis said of his motivation.

He will enter the new season in terrific form where he averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists a game for the Dragons.

"We lost in the first round of play-offs," Willis said of a situation that also occurred at the Power last year.

As for the standard in Sweden, Willis said basketball stacks up well in a country that has massive sports participation in soccer, floorball and soccer.

"Overall the talent pool is a bit bigger and better over there," Willis added.

It's all about banking premiership points early in the season which tips off on Saturday week against Rockhampton at Hevgold Stadium.

"This year is to put ourselves in a good position," Willis said.

The Power side has been tipped to finish last by the so-called experts and Willis is determined to shun those critics.

"They got us picked last so there's no pressure," Willis said with a wry smile.



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