Light­ning sparks a new fire for Buckle

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

IF for­mer Townsville Fire coach Peter Buckle was look­ing for a new chal­lenge in the WNBL, he has found one of the big­gest at the Ade­laide Light­ning.

The Aus­tralian Opals as­sis­tant, who re­vealed to the Townsville Bul­letin on Mon­day that he would not ne­go­ti­ate to ex­tend his four-year stay in the North, has signed a three-year deal with the once competition pow­er­house team. Buckle re­places Steve Breheny, who be­came the sec­ond coach in as many years to be axed at the end of the cam­paign by the club.

Tak­ing the top job of a side that bot­tomed out, fin­ish­ing ninth in the 10-team com­pet- ition, is a post­ing looks for­ward to.

‘‘ It is a chal­lenge, but I’m ex­cited about it,’’ he said.

‘‘ It’s a very strong bas­ket­ball state and the Ade­laide Light­ning has both a very s t r o n g o wner a n d c o mmu­nity who are look­ing for­ward to re­cap­tur­ing their strength in the game.’’

Buckle

Hav­ing taken the job in Townsville as a rookie in A u s t r a l i a ’ s t o p - f l i g h t women’s competition, lead­ing the Fire to back-to-back fi­nals dur­ing his ten­ure, has been an ideal ap­pren­tice­ship for the fast-ris­ing tac­ti­cian.

‘‘ Now it’s time for me to move on and use those ex­pe­ri­ences,’’ he said.

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