New focus for Stawell Wildcats

New blood has taken charge of Stawell Wildcats Basketball Association senior teams, for their Country Basketball League assault this season.

Stawell WIldcats will have new coaches and a new focus this season.

Stawell WIldcats will have new coaches and a new focus this season.

Rhi Davis has been appointed coach of the women's Stawell Wildcats team for season 2014/15.

Davis was appointed with very little experience from the sidelines, but huge amounts of enthusiasm and an expectation of leading the Lady Wildcats to some success.

"I'm really excited to have been selected as coach this season," Davis said.

"We have a lot of potential in Stawell, but some players underestimate their own skills."

Last year Davis was a late inclusion into the team that was coached by Trevor Holmes.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats they are yet to record a win as an association at the senior level and that will be a big goal again this year.

The Lady Wildcats had a large playing roster last year, which Davis intends to work with again this year.

For the meantime she will stick to local player development rather than brining anyone else in.

"I'm looking to our senior competition, but I'll also be looking to our juniors to fill the ranks after a few departures from last season's team," Davis said.

Davis will look to have a strong preseason so her new team is ready to go for round one.

"I think I'll be looking to get our fitness to the level it needs to be, then concentrating on fundamentals and making sure everyone is on the same page," Davis said.

"Then we will start working on game plans and the like."

For the men's side Ben Leslie will retain his position with the committee happy with the development of the players under his guidance last season.

Leslie has been involved in basketball for a number of years and is excited he has been given another year in the position.

Leslie is hopeful that most of his players from last year will return and continue to improve their individual and team games.

"We will have lost a couple of strong players in Jarred (O'Hayon), Toby (Smith), and Blake (Dunstan), but we also have a couple of potential recruits," Leslie said.

The focus will mainly be on defence this year with Leslie expecting the offence to pick up as the year progresses.

Both Davis and Leslie agree that there is a new found positive vibe around the association as a whole.

The Wildcats will start training later in year.


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