Since the conclusion of their season, The Northern Star Resources Goldfields Giants have headed into their off-season without taking a backward step.
On-court, the local squads have continued to train since the end of their respective seasons back in July, whilst off-court, the Giants’ hierarchy have been working diligently to put the groundwork in place to help them make the Giants a success for season 2019 and beyond.
The biggest talking point for the off-season was the head coaching position and the future of incumbent coach Scott Rubery.
Rubery moved back to Geraldton for family reasons at the conclusion of the season and there were indications he was keen to continue on as coach next season.
However he confirmed this week with Giants’ operations manager Brad French that he would not be looking to return in 2019.
“I’d like to thank Scott for his hard work and dedication to the Giants since joining the organisation last December.” French said
“He was in a tough situation working away from home last season and we fully respect his decision to put family first.”
“Going forward, we’ll be formally advertising for a new SBL head coach in the coming days and we’re excited about what they can bring to our organisation for 2019.”
Whilst the 2018 season didn’t live up to expectations, there were plenty of positive glimpses on-court to provide some encouraging signs for the upcoming 2019 season.
The blooding of new exciting teenage rookies Riley Duncan and Justyn Beattie were two of the highlights.
Duncan (16) played all 26 games in his first season and was 7th in the team in total minutes played whilst Beattie (17) who made his SBL debut after representing WA Country at the Under 18’s National Championships, providing some much needed size and enthusiasm off the bench before his season was ended by injury.
Also amongst the highlights were the Division 1 women, who narrowly missed out on a finals berth in their maiden season. It was a major learning curve for them and they are looking to improve and take the next step with the help of some returning injured players and potential new recruits.
Along with the recruitment of a new coach, the Giants’ hierarchy have already started the player management process for next season, talking with local players and recruits from last season, as well as earmarking potential new players.
Despite the poor placing from last season, it’s an exciting time to be a Giants’ fan and we’re working hard to make them a success going forward.