WSBL – The Left Bank Head Coach Tyrone Thwaites
Well we are now officially at the half-way point of the West Coast Classic – and how good is it to be back out on the floor! We are very privileged in WA to continue playing, coaching, volunteering, spectating and enjoying the sport we all love.
Our Cougar ladies took a really positive step last weekend. It wasn’t just the two wins (over East Perth and Goldfields) that were pleasing, it was the fact our group made some positive adjustments from Friday to Sunday that resulted in a big stride forward.
As a coaching group we continually demand the group (including ourselves) to ‘be better’, and try to reinforce positive habits and decision making. Having the improvement last weekend was really pleasing for our staff and a confidence boost to the girls.
Importantly, our improvement has come at a time where we are faced with a big challenge as we take on the undefeated Warwick Senators on Friday, and the Kalamunda Eastern Suns on Saturday.
Warwick boast the reigning league MVP Stacey Barr who is just an offensive menace, while she is backed up very solidly by two very talented and exciting juniors in Chloe Forster and Jayda Clark. They are undefeated for a reason, and we look forward to the challenge.
Kalamunda boast a young group, and having watched them last weekend against Lakeside, the Cougar Family’s heart goes out to young Emma Strelein who suffered a season ending knee injury in the first quarter. A talented junior with a very bright future, we wish her all the best in her recovery.
The Suns have a super talent with the best ‘hesitate and crossover’ in the league in Jewel Williams, and the Perth Lynx’s Jesse Edwards.
It’s a big weekend for our ladies, and we can’t wait to do our Cougar Fam proud
MSBL – MJ Walker Head Coach Andrew Cooper
We knew it was going to be a tough weekend last week with us missing two of our starters in Chan and Holmes. But our group showed a lot of heart to get the wins, away against East Perth and home against a tough Goldfields group.
This week presents a huge challenge, starting Friday against a very tough Warwick unit that boast a stacked starting 5 including a Wildcat, 2 ex NBL players and an American. Then we face the always energetic and gritty Kalamunda Suns Saturday night on there home court.
Our depth will be tested for sure with players missing and injuries hitting a few guys, but it gives us another opportunity to see if our young athletes can step up to the next level.
It should be a great weekend of basketball and we look forward to the continued support from our passionate and loyal fans.