Slowly But Surely

by CHRIS VERNUCCIO CONSISTENCY is a benchmark Maccabi coach Mike Slusher will always stand by. Slusher can see an improvement in the work rate of his young players since taking

CONSISTENCY is a benchmark Maccabi coach Mike Slusher will always stand by.

Slusher can see an improvement in the work rate of his young players since taking charge at the Hawthorn East-based club last year.

The Warriors won just two games in the Big V Division 3 men’s competition last year but Slusher said they were a team in transition.

“It wasn’t that the players lacked effort or lacked desire but there were times I had players on the court who were 19 years of age or younger and they’re playing in an adult league,” Slusher said.

“They had to learn an enormous amount in order to compete. This year we’ve built on the foundation we established last year.

“We’ve been competitive in more games and have won more games, and we’ve had games we could have won if we were more experienced.”

Experienced campaigners Rhett Tauber-Lewis, Luke Goldstein and Eric Witschel have the led way for Maccabi, which has won four games from 19 so far this year.

“I’m more than pleased with the progress they’re making. The biggest improvement has been consistency,” Slusher said.

“To be successful, and I don’t care whatever sport you’re in, you require consistency, the ability to bring your best performance to every contest. The teams that are successful are the ones that come closest to doing that.”

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