Friday 31 July – Cougars v Redbacks @ Belmont Oasis
Saturday 1 August – Cougars v Joondalup @ Wally Hagan Stadium
WSBL Preview – Tyrone Thwaites
Welcome back after what has been the longest time between home games in possibly, ever.
After 9 long months and a never ending pre-season, we got underway last weekend in the West Coast Classic.
Firstly, I couldn’t be more proud of our men’s and women’s teams in the way they started this competition. The resilience they’ve shown as athletes after having the rug
pulled out from them so close to the season is something we are very respectful of.
Andrew Cooper has done a great job with the men, and is very lucky to have a great blend of youth and experience in his group.
Our Cougar ladies fought very hard against the defending champions last weekend, taking a five point lead at the four minute mark of the third quarter, only to fall down in the final quarter.
We’ve got a young group the coaching group is very excited to be working with, and a coaching staff I’m very privileged to have working alongside me.
Assistant coach Alek Horenko is new to the Cougar Family and brings more experience than I could have asked for in women’s basketball, and Chelsea Evans is coach who gets
better every year and reads the dynamics of the group better than anyone.
We move to a big challenge this weekend with a double header, taking on the Perth Redbacks on
Friday, before moving to the talented Joondalup Wolves on Saturday.
Craig Allen and his Perth Redbacks team are a young group (much like us) with Sarah Allen, Brooke Malone, Shenae Hartree and Ella Thornton-Elliot with very bright futures in front of them. They’re lead form the front by the Perth Lynx’s Maddie Allen and the reliable Jess Jakens and Del Lipscombe.
Nixy (head coach Charles Nix) is blessed with talent at every spot on the Joondalup Wolves roster, which is a wonderful challenge for our young group. Giving Tia Morgan the chance to test herself against former WNBL level talent like Miki Pirini and Georgia Denehey is a great experience.
We are excited to play in front of our home crowd (although slightly reduced due to Covid), and hope we can make you proud as we begin a new era in our women’s program at the
Tyrone Thwaites – WSBL Head Coach
MSBL Preview – Andrew Cooper
It’s been a long time coming but after the longest pre season ever we finally got under way last week against Rockingham.
We are really happy with the entire structure of our group and I’m lucky to have great coaches in Claydo and Fleur. Our up and coming assistant Jeremy Fletcher is doing a great job for us in all aspects and has been a great addition to the staff. And of course Pete Stanley, our super stud team manager has been as productive as ever keeping the boys in line.
So whilst the outcome on the scoreboard wasn’t what we had hoped for, there were definitely some positives to come out of the game
We got minutes into our entire playing group and will try to continue to do that throughout the duration of the competition. This showed on the scoreboard with us being able to out score the opposition bench 23-2.
LT showed some glimpses of what he can offer and Seva Chan was solid throughout.
Joondalup are a quality outfit with some high level vets and now, with the addition of Cummings and Roberts, pose another big challenge for us. They are definitely one of the favourites of the competition. We will be determined to put on a good display in our house for the home opener.
Noah Stewart also makes his debut against the Perth Redbacks tonight. He’s a Cougar kid that has worked incredibly hard to earn his opportunity. He’s athletic, hard nosed and an outstanding defender. We are looking forward to the start of a great career in the blue and gold.
Andrew Cooper – MSBL Head Coach