Power training camp positive

PORT City Power prospects had their first official hit out for 2011 over the weekend.

Kev Broome Stadium became a training camp headquarters as players and possible recruits were put through their paces in skills sessions, plays and practice matches.

PortCityPower men’s coach Blair Smith cast his eye over the group which included up-and-coming players and possible recruits.

“We worked on our transition offence and half court offence and really concentrated on getting that right,” he said.

Smith was content to focus on the offensive side of the game, preferring to watch how the
players performed in the attacking structure.

“We’ve had Micheal Byrnes really step up and show he’s wanting minutes, and I’m hoping Tim Barnes is going to have a big year and is doing really well,” he said.

“Jack (Hunt) from Noosa, I’ve been really impressed with him, he’s come up to have a look. I
think he’s got a big future and hope he comes up.”

Edin Zunic, the lanky Bosnian from the Melbourne Tigers development squad, looked as though he’ll have no trouble filling Smith’s role, as he has ruled out playing this year.

Smith was thrilled with what he saw from Zunic, and believes he has what it takes to step into the centre position for the Power.

The development league competition starts this weekend in Rockhampton and is the ideal opportunity for younger players to shine.

“It’s a way they can compete against better players and gives them an extra step between local
and under-18s and QBL,” Smith said.

Excited with the roster for 2011, Smith said with Keith Borgan and Anthony Esparza returning and former Port City Power player Josh Gill also back in the fold.

“I think we’re going to be a lot better defensively than we have in the past,” Smith said.

Rylie Buntain has returned to Noosa, and big man Nicholas Andrew, who blossomed during
2010, is still recovering from a knee reconstruction.

“Hopefully by the end of the season, he’s ready for the finals,” Smith said.

A draft QBL draw has been prepared, with the season opener pencilled in for the first weekend
of May, and Gladstone hosts a development league round on February 19.