Tiger ambush to represent WA at National Championships
Representing the state will be a proud moment for Tigers, Carla Drennan and Sophie Maines when they pull on the black and gold jumper to play in the U20 National Championships in February.
Drennan and Maines were selected to play in the womens team coached by fellow Tiger Craig Allen. Lara Napier has been selected as the assistant coach, while Amy Rawlings is the team physio for both the mens and womens teams.
Maines will represent her state as the vice captain for WA.
“It’s very exciting to be given the opportunity to play at a higher level than what we’ve been playing in and to develop our skill set is great,” Maines said.
“I’ve played for Willetton for a long time now, and to be able to say I am now representing my club and the state is something I am really proud of.”
Drennan said the strong Tigers contingent was a reflection of the quality of those involved with the club.
“It’s a great privilege to represent our club, we have five representatives in the womens team from Willetton which reflects our commitment to our club and basketball,” Drennan said.
“I will be wearing the state jumper with great pride.”
Heading into his third year as coach of the under 20’s team Craig Allen said he was excited to be flying the Willetton flag.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be doing this for a number of years and it’s a really exciting opportunity,” Allen said.
“It’s great to have Sophie and Carla in the team, both girls will also be playing some SBL minutes for the Tigers this year.
“Lara joins us as an assistant coach, it’s great to have her back involved with basketball and contributing to the group.”
Allen said his role as head coach is to give the girls every opportunity to succeed and wants his team to grab every opportunity that arises.
“Preparation plus opportunity equals success and the focus at the moment is the preparation phase and the girls putting in all the effort to prepare,” Allen said.
“As a coach I create opportunities and reward that effort and loyalty to preparation and work ethic.”
Although playing in the national championships will be a moment for pride for the girls representing their states, Allen stressed the importance of realising it’s more about just winning and losing.
“Success is bigger than winning a game of basketball, nationals shouldn’t be looked at in isolation, it should be looked at as an opportunity to create something that is bigger than one week,” Allen said.
“Representing your state and going to nationals is a huge privilege and but if we can create that focus and the girls know what’s required then they can continue to develop from there.”
Ben Counsel and Hamish Cummings have been selected as Reserves in the Under 20's Mens WA State Team.