Northey to lead run-and-gun War­riors’ team in 2018-19

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By CAM POT­TER

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.”

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