Bears, Bulls promising
Despite still missing a coach, the Bundaberg Radiology Bears notched victories against Rockhampton and Gladstone in their development league battles at Century 21 Stadium on Saturday.
Caretaker coach Adam Curran said plans were being made to sign a player-coach of high calibre to run the side this year. But even without her, they showed strong pre-season form.
The blossoming Caitlyn Clancy was an unlikely star, dominating on court and pressing claims for a spot in the Bears top side for the new season.
“She had two really good games, and is putting the pressure on the other girls above her,” Curran said.
“But the whole squad were all very impressive and will only get better.”
Once again, the Bulls recorded a win and a loss, this time losing to Gladstone but toppling Rockhampton.
The imposing figure of former NBL star Blair Smith was too much for the Bulls against Gladstone.
Lacking tall timber of their own, they simply could not keep up with him.
The Bulls were able to turn it around against Rockhampton, who boasted a full starting side of QBL-standard players.
Michael Jenkin found form, while Christian Kennedy was another to press his case in the development games.
Kyle and Jarred Keirnan once again impressed with their work ethic.
“Kyle put in for me on Saturday. He played the full 80 minutes and didn’t get a break,” Curran said.
The head coach said the younger Keirnan cousin was doing everything he could to secure a Bulls berth.
“Jarred will definitely be wearing the jersey and in the squad; he’s been playing very well,” Curran said.