Eagles flying towards a new season

The team recently started pre-season training and coach Adam Forde said they were preparing for a big year with names including Sydney Kings guard Kyle Armour, Sunday Dech and big-man Tom Jervis all set to hit the court.

Forde said the team was concentrating on improving cardio, including doing more running and conditioning work and in a few weeks would start doing more on-court training.

He hopes the preparation will provide the side with a win come game day on March 14 against the team that knocked them out of the semi-finals last season, the Lakeside Lightning.

‘We lost Jarrod Balcombe to a real bad knee injury and he won’t be able to step on the court until June so that’s a big loss for us,’ he said.

‘So we had to find another guard who can score 20-plus points and we found that with Kyle Armour who is currently with the Sydney Kings.

‘He’s a dynamic point guard who fits perfectly into our pick-and-roll style offence. Along with Kyle, Sunday Dech returns to us after a season with the Wildcats, so with those two, Drew Williamson and Joe Tupaea returning, we’ll be looking for more points production in our backcourt.’

A year in the National Basketball League for Tom Jervis, who was announced co-captain along with Drew Williamson last week, means the team’s line-up hasn’t changed dramatically.

However, according to Forde, everyone returning has become better and for the coach that means hopefully winning a championship.

‘Our style of play will be much of the same as the last two years as we were able to produce a lot of points, and people find that type of basketball exciting to play and watch,’ he said.