Yowies James Lee stepped up over the weekend in two close losses. Photo: Steph Konatar.TWO losses and a single win does not look on paper to be the perfect start, but Yowies Mens coach Garry Ball said momentum is building for the side.
The Yowies were knocked out of the finals in the first round last season, but Ball said the experience will be used to further achieve in 2015.
“We won in Wagga to get into the finals, which is always a tough venue and were unfortunately knocked out by Sutherland at home,” he said.
“It was a very close game and we’re building towards the right thing, so I’m expecting bigger and better things this year.”
The Yowies started the season with a strong 15 point win in Wollongong against the Illawarra Hawks.
“Talor Goodall top scored with 24 points and captain Jeff Dowdell (19) guided the boys on the court with his exceptional leadership qualities and solid work ethic fouling out with 30 seconds left in the game,” Ball said.
Last weekend, Yowies efforts came painfully close to a win, with losses to Canberra Gunners by one point in Queanbeyan on Saturday night and eight points to the Lazers in Lithgow.
Big man Dowdell (9) was once again handy in the Queanbeyan attack, Jonathon Miller top scored with 17 points and James Lee proved his worth after returning from an ankle injury.
“Jeff Dowdell has leadership values, is very level-headed and brings the players together well,” Ball said.
“James Lee has definitely showed his value after coming back from a broken ankle from around this time last year.
“Overall they were both great games, they were quite positive.
“We’re going to have to adjust, but I was very proud of the boys efforts.”
The Yowies lost Aaron Gorman due to work commitments this season, but Canberra Gunners import Jonathon Miller has proved to be a handy addition in the first few rounds.
“At 6.5 he’s a strong rebounder and has great leadership qualities, so the boys look up to him for his abilities on court and his leadership qualities off court,” Ball said.
Coach Ball said the squad is still trying to iron out the creases and bring everything together, but he is confident the Yowies will be finals contenders again this year.
“We’re still in a position where we’re working out combinations and mixes with our plays, but we’re still in an upward motion,” he said.
“Queanbeyan has always been known as a tough mob to play and we want to maintain that.
“We’ll work on the boys being confident with their roles on court and knowing what they can bring to the team when they come off the bench.
“We’ve got 12 excellent players and depth, we just need the belief in ourselves, but we’re a good chance this season- we’re known as a team to beat.”
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