The Maryborough Lady Blazers have welcomed a new coach and a wealth of local talent ahead of the opening round of the Country Basketball League’s women’s season.
Last season’s co-coach and Blazers star Matt Johnston has stepped into the coaching role for the 2018-19 season.
Johnston said sourcing local talent has been a priority for the side, who were a surprise addition to finals last year after an up-and- down season.
“It’s a good mix of talent, mostly local girls,” he said.
“We’ve got Keely Hare, Maggie Tranter, Tori Chandler and Jordan Macilwain. We’ve also got some new girls and some returning as well. Brandy Santon and Quetta Holloway-Jinks have come back this year alongside a couple of girls from Ballarat who are going to be really strong. It should be a really good year.
“The side is a mix of players who did really well last season and we added in what we needed. We’ve got a few taller girls and some physical players so we are really just filling in some gaps that we noticed.
“Preseason has been fairly limited so the last two or three weeks we have been trying pretty hard.”
The Lady Blazers play the Shepparton Lady Gators at the Matthew Dellavedova Stadium at 6 pm this Saturday.
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