Teen tyro to pre­mier­ship prospect

Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Justin Fris

Dy­lan My­ers was a skinny 15-year-old when he first donned the Buc­ca­neers’ blue and gold five years ago. Now his side are two wins away from break­ing a 17-year SBL pre­mier­ship drought. But they aren’t get­ting ahead of them­selves.

S&K Elec­tri­cal Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers guard Dy­lan My­ers is rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop his basketball ca­reer at a fam­ily-ori­ented sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Orig­i­nally from South­port on the Gold Coast, the 191cm ris­ing star moved to Ger­ald­ton in 2006, where he started play­ing club basketball in the Ger­ald­ton Ama­teur Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion.

“I ac­tu­ally started my ca­reer with Pu­mas and then Olympians,” he said. “(And then) when I was about 15 years old (five years) ago, the Buccs coaches asked me to train with them a lot more.”

My­ers re­calls those first few ses­sions with fond­ness — a skinny 15year-old match­ing it with sea­soned im­ports dur­ing a rig­or­ous SBL pre­sea­son.

Since his ini­ti­a­tion, My­ers has steadily pro­gressed as a player, ply­ing his trade with Chap­man Val­ley over Sum­mer in the Ger­ald­ton com­pe­ti­tion and with the Buccs at SBL level in winter.

This sea­son has ar­guably been one of his tough­est — aside from pick­ing up nag­ging an­kle and shoul­der in­juries, My­ers re­cently re­turned to the court af­ter bat­tling measles last month.

“It was def­i­nitely a pain not to be there or to be able to go there to watch and sup­port,” he said. “It hurt hav­ing to have a sec­ond week off and miss four games.

“It’s a big strug­gle to have — sit­ting there watch­ing stats from a web­site or your Face­book page and not be­ing able to be there.

“But coach (Ray Evans) said to me ‘This is still the reg­u­lar sea­son and we need you for the fi­nals’.

“And then to come out as I did on Satur­day (Au­gust 12, where he scored 14 points from 13 min­utes on court) — that just shows how easy it was to get back into it.”

Since his re­turn, My­ers has barely skipped a beat and ap­pears op­ti­mistic about his side’s chances in the post-sea­son.

Along with his en­joy­ment at learn­ing and bond­ing with team­mates Jack­son Hussey, Mat Wun­den­berg, Mau­rice Bar­row and Dwayne Ben­jamin, My­ers said he has ben­e­fited a lot from his time play­ing un­der coach Evans.

“Ray’s def­i­nitely one of the bet­ter Buccs coaches I’ve had,” he said. “He’s awe­some to feed off — es­pe­cially be­ing an ex-Buccs player him­self.

“He’s one of those peo­ple who has been able to come out of the SBL as a player and then a great coach. He knows how to talk to the boys and he ob­vi­ously de­vel­ops that fam­ily role within the Buccs group.

“He’s been an as­sis­tant and just been amaz­ing; he knows what to do and has been in all of those clutch mo­ments him­self, so it is awe­some to feed off that.”

Should the Buccs ad­vance this week­end and sub­se­quently win the grand fi­nal on Septem­ber 2, they would break a 17-year pre­mier­ship drought — win­ning their sec­ond grand fi­nal from seven ap­pear­ances. Out­side of his Buccs com­mit­ments, My­ers is com­plet­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship as an elec­tri­cian. In his down­time, he loves watch­ing a good film. “I love to chill out and watch a bit of Net­flix, or my­self and team­mate Matt Han­cock will head out to the cin­ema and catch a newly re­leased movie if there is a good one on,” he said.

My­ers hopes to fur­ther his basketball in com­ing years, with a goal of tak­ing it as far as possible. How­ever, his love for the blue and gold re­mains top pri­or­ity.

“Grow­ing up as a young fella, it’s al­ways been about the Buccs — es­pe­cially within this great com­mu­nity,” he said.

“It’s a whole fam­ily and just to be a part of that is spe­cial . . . to be a Buc­ca­neer is spe­cial. You’ve got to be proud to put on that sin­glet and be proud to call your­self a Buc­ca­neer if you get there.

“I’m def­i­nitely proud to call my­self a Buc­ca­neer and be a part of the Buc­ca­neer fam­ily.”

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon

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