Club hopes Light­ning strikes twice this sea­son

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

LAKE­SIDE Light­ning are gear­ing up for a big 2016.

Af­ter a less than ideal 2015, which had the women fin­ish bot­tom of the lad­der with just one win and the men 12th, the club has big plans for a surge up the lad­der when the sea­son kicks off this week­end.

A num­ber of re­tire­ments in the last three years will have both teams pro­mot­ing youth on the court, but two new coaches in Craig Mans­field for the women and Sam Oat­man for the men will be work­ing hard to en­sure fresh faces and fresh ideas help the club suc­ceed in 2016.

Lake­side Light­ning di­rec­tor Steve Bezant said both teams had great pre-sea­sons and were look­ing for­ward to the proper sea­son get­ting un­der­way.

“We are look­ing for­ward to a great year both on and off the court - for us, 'it's more than a game' and we are re­ally pleased with the peo­ple we have at Lake­side this year and look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the year brings,” he said.

“We have been work­ing re­ally hard dur­ing the off sea­son and have a re­ally ex­cit­ing SBL group who will rep­re­sent Lake­side well this year.

“Our women were hit hard by in­jury last year so pro­vid­ing we can keep our squad healthy it will be great to see some im­prove­ment from them and our guys had a re­ally tough end to the sea­son in 2015 and I know our new group is re­ally ex­cited to get out on the court and start again in 2016.

“It would be great to see the com­mu­nity come down and sup­port the Light­ning this sea­son.”

The Lake­side Light­ning kick off the sea­son with an away game against the Stir­ling Sen­a­tors on Fri­day.

Pic­ture: Erin Tuckey

Perth Lynx academy player Ash­leigh Grant will be back in ac­tion for Lake­side Light­ning in 2016.

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