North East secure 2019 Big V coaches

The WHB North East Bushrangers are excited to announce Jacqui Henry and Emma Henry as the head coaches of the Women and Men’s programs for 2019.

Following a successful 2018 season for the Lady Bushrangers, which saw the side make a maiden appearance in the Division 2 finals, Mick Hales has made the difficult decision to step aside. This has opened the door for Jacqui Henry to return to the sidelines after having the 2018 season off. Henry was the inaugural coach of the NE Bushrangers Men’s program from 2014 to the end of the 2017 season, along with being the NE Bushrangers Coaching Director and brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the program.

Jacqui is excited to offer the female athletes of the North East an opportunity to play basketball at a high level an as a stepping stone to greater success through the development of skills and mental attitudes. Reflecting on the success the Lady Bushrangers had last season, Henry admits the bar has been set high and that they will be aiming to repeat this performance.

Jacqui will be looking to work with the playing group from last season and any other welcome additions that put their hand up throughout the season while developing a strong culture of hard work and commitment to their basketball pursuits and a desire to achieve the team’s goals and philosophy.

Returning for a second season in charge of the North East Bushrangers, Emma Henry will be looking to build on the team development that a number of players experienced during a trying 2018 season. Acknowledging that results were lacking in the win column, Emma sighted the growth of young players Austin Wickes and Lachlan Kego as significant positives that the side will be looking to build on going into 2019.

Season 2019 will also see the Bushrangers look to bolster their depth as they seek out players to compliment dynamo, Liam Wright. A strong focus has been securing the services of local Australian players to give them an opportunity to further pursue their basketball aspirations.

These appointments are all but the final building blocks for the NE Bushrangers program that has now expanded to include sides in the Victorian Junior Basketball League.

Stay tuned for an announcement on when both the Men and Women will be holding ope try-outs. For any players interested in early discussions with the club, please contact us on nebushrangers@gmail.com and this will be forwarded on to the respective coaches. Further information will be added to the NE Bushrangers Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nebushrangers/.

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