On target: Sammy Cooper has been one of the leading point scorers in 2010.
On target: Sammy Cooper has been one of the leading point scorers in 2010. Tarum Images

Suns face tough trip

AS coach of the Coffs Harbour Suns State league women’s team, Herb Haddon admits that there are a few tougher road trips for his girls to face than a trip to Tamworth to take on the Thunderbolts.

“Over there they’re normally hard to beat,” Haddon said.

“They don’t travel too well but at home they have a vocal home crowd and it’s pretty enclosed on the court.”

One advantage that the Suns women will hold over Tamworth tonight is the fact that one of the Thunderbolts’ best players in the past is now playing for Coffs Harbour.

Emily Staunton has already become a valued member of the Suns’ squad and Haddon agrees that having her on the Coffs Harbour team is a real plus.

“Having Emily is a bonus but across the board we should be reasonably strong,” he said.

Winning all three of their State league fixtures so far, the coach admits that confidence is high but the close bond that the squad shares is what Haddon believes is the secret of their success.

“There’s really good team spirit and morale this year,” he said.

“It’s probably the best that I’ve seen actually.

“Everyone is really clicking with each other and they’re looking for each other all the time, no-one in the team thinks that they have to score.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams are travelling to Tamworth today to try and keep their undefeated records in tact.

The women being so successful is nothing new as they’ve made it to the last four in the State in each of the last three years but for the men a string of wins is something they haven’t enjoyed in recent years.

Haddon says that there is no jealousy from his girls though that the men’s team are getting some of the spotlight.

“There’s no rivalry on our part but there’s probably a bit on theirs,” he said.

“I think the boys are trying to reach up to the bar that we’ve set.”



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