Northey to lead run-and-gun Warriors’ team in 2018-19
PATRICK Northey is in charge of his first senior team and you can tell from the determination in his voice that he is ready for everything a head coach goes through.
Northey has been an assistant under his father and current Lady Warriors coach, Craig Northey, for the past two seasons, but when last year’s men’s coach Rho Fry said that he was stepping away from the men’s role, Patrick knew he wanted that position.
It came down to a twohorse race with Trevor Trimble and Northey battling it out.
Northey was given the nod and Trimble will be his assistant for the 2018-19 season.
“Trevor has forgotten more about basketball than some people will ever know,” Patrick Northey said.
“It’s awesome to have him on board; he’s an ex-Bandits coach from the 1980s.
“I was stoked to get the job; it’s my first senior coaching gig.
“I had been biding my time for a while and once Rho (Fry) said he wasn’t coming back I made sure I jumped at the chance.”
With a squad with a strong focus on speed, the Warriors are lacking height, but Northey isn’t worried.
“At the moment I still have two former players waiting in the wings, but I have the Bowen brothers, Isaac and Jake, Sam Waite, Liam Wright, and two junior boys in Sam Maher and Daniel Honey,” he said.
“Hayden Johnston has trained and hopefully he plays as well.
“We will need to focus on our speed; Isaac Bowen is our tallest player and he is only six foot two.
“Our focuses at training have been on defence, while that run and gun style of play will catch a few teams off guard.”
With father Craig to bounce ideas off, Patrick Northey said he has already drawn on some experiences from last year.
“We have held joint trainings with the ladies and that has helped some of the younger and new guys to the team,” he said.
“Just seeing how some of the girls fulfil their role for the team and the importance of that.”