Athletic teens to fly high for Saints
By JUSTIN JENVEY
AN exciting group of youngsters are set to lead Myrtleford in the club’s second foray in the CBL men’s competition.
The Saints have lost leading scorer and MVP Jalen Barker but might be stronger than a year ago with some talented teenagers joining several young stars who are ready to step up.
“We lost smaller guys and added players that are three or four inches taller so we’re more even across the board now,” coach Michelle Barker said.
“We’ve got 10 really good players so picking a starting five is going to be tough and won’t just be our best five players but our best combination.”
Barker said a large focus had been spent on defence while on offense the team will look to play an up-tempo style.
“We’ve worked a lot on not just guarding the ball but making sure guys are in a position to help out if a teammate is beaten one-on-one,” she said.
“I think our strength is going to be our speed and an ability to really push the ball down the court.”
With Jalen Barker’s departure another player from Bright, Austin Wickes, and Jack Woodall who was part of last year’s team, are expected to lead the offense.
“They’re both different players, Austin reads the game really well and is more a playmaker whereas Jack is more a scorer and looks for gaps in the defence to attack the rim,” Barker said.
The first-year coach said she was excited to see how Charlie Crisp progresses after blossoming in the second half of last season and will also give more playing time to Will McKerral who will share minutes at center with experienced big man Ben McIntyre and the super athletic Ryan Crisp.
“I’m really happy with the way we’ve been training, and how the guys are shooting the ball,” Barker said.
“For us the goal is to double last year’s three wins and with a minimum of six wins we should be in contention for a spot in finals.”
YOUNG GUNS: Jackson Townsend, Austin Wickes and Jack Woodall are some of the talented teenagers in the men’s squad.