Contract could be cut short
TOWNSVILLEBasketball manager Mark McGregor has not ruled out cutting coach David Herbert’s contract short if the Fire’s disappointing 2006/07 Women’s National Basketball League season continued.
Herbert, Townsville’s foundation coach, was resigned until the end of the 2007/08 season in February.
While McGregor wouldn’t eliminate the possibility, he said halving Herbert’s two-year deal had not been brought up.
‘‘At this stage there has been no movement either way,’’ he said.
‘‘Obviously we expected to be doing a little better at this stage.
‘‘It’s been disappoitning.’’
McGregor said, like player and staff contracts, Herbert’s would be evaluated at season’s end.
Townsville’s premiership stocks soared when the club landed the league’s most sought after signature, Renae Camino, in April.
Camino was stepping into a roster almost unchanged since the club won eight of their last nine to finish the 2005/06 season.
Rivals clubs tipped the Fire as championship favourites in the preseason and Herbert was confident he had built a team whcih could go all the way.
Now, with five rounds remaining, a finals berth is a long shot with the Fire in sixth place with a 7-8 winloss record.
McGregor, who has recently returned from court announcing duties at the Asian Games, said he had not given up hope of a last-ditch run at the finals.
‘‘I’ve just got back from overseas and all I’ve seen is the results to date,’’ he said.
‘‘They haven’t been blowout results, we haven’t been losing by big margins.
‘‘Luck has played a part as well.
‘‘At the moment, we have to focus on this week and then the next five games.
‘‘Let’s face it, within four weeks the team and Herbie could be the biggest heroes in Townsville.’’
Townsville meet the Australian Insitute of Sport tonight in a game they should win despite the absence of up to five players.