Suns men will shine brightly
WHEN the first tip-off greets the start of Coffs Harbour’s State League campaign this evening at Sportz Central, it will be the beginning of a season that has many locals buzzing with excitement.
Pardon the pun but 2010 is set to become the year that the Suns are set to shine.
Many know of the exploits of the Suns women’s team that has finished in the top four in the State for the last three years including grand final losses in 2007 and last year but this could be the year that the men’s team stand up to be counted.
Strong displays in Yamba last week during their final pre-season matches showed that one of the strengths of the Coffs Harbour team this year will be their fitness.
Twice last week the Suns turned a close match into a comfortable victory with big last quarter performances.
No doubt new coach Brad Sibraa is happy with the team’s fitness levels but he’s also thrilled that a major Achilles heel of the team in the past has been rectified to a certain extent.
Size around the boards has been an issue for the men over recent years but the return of Mitchell Cole as well as the addition of former NBL player Matt Shanahan will help in this regard, particularly when they combine with six foot eight inch centre Jake Wittleton.
The rebounding ability of the women has also been improved over the summer with the return of Amy Durbidge.
The return of former players Nicky Baade, Rikki Shipman and Kate Harland will also strengthen the women’s team as they look to go one step further than last year.