Small-world vibes get foreigner to Port City
YASSINE Ghomari is versatile on court; his game an all-round style that allows him to score or help his teammates get baskets.
Born in Germany, this 25-year-old's dad is Algerian and his mum Australian. He moved from Germany to Canada when he was young, and spent the next few years in Vancouver, four hours' drive to college.
Having finished his five-year Human Kinetics degree, Ghomari moved to Australia, phoned Derek Rucker and flew to Gladstone for a trial with the Port City Power.
"I got his number from some
one and he was interested when he saw my tape," Ghomari said.
"I came for a visit a couple of months ago and worked out."
Ghomari returned to his family in Brisbane and even went to metropolitan teams for more workout sessions.
Ultimately, he signed up with the Port City Power, and now looks like being an integral part of the team.
He's got plenty of time on his hands, so his main focus at the moment is self-improvement.
"I like Gladstone because it is a good spot to get better on your own. It is not a city, there are not as many distractions," he laughed.
But the small town creates its own problems, one of which Ghomari is trying to put to rest.
He wants to prove right away what he has to offer the team.
His philosophy begins on the defensive side of the ball and hard work to break down the opposition.
"I like being the defensive anchor and it is one of the parts of the game I love," he said.