Haynes’ instils confidence in side
THE numbers speak for themselves, but even before Rebecca Haynes' season-best showing on Sunday afternoon there was no mistaking the confidence of her play.
The 30-year-old finished with a Cyclones-best 13 rebounds in Rockhampton's 102-62 win over Northside Wizards.
Her 28-minute effort included two free throws, three three-pointers and a total 21 point haul to add to her rebound tally.
"It was a good game all round, we had no problems in attack which allowed us to focus on our defence," Haynes said.
"It's really good to be back with a strong start to the season."
Haynes returns to the Cyclones this season after five years with Gladstone's QBL side the Port City Power.
"There was a change in management in Gladstone and I therefore put the call back out to return to the Cyclones," she said.
"I travel up each week with Sam Norwood to play and train."
The 188cm guard brings a wealth of experience to the Rockhampton outfit having played at a collegiate and WNBL level.
"I've been playing since I was 12 and did four years with Jacksonville State in Alabama," Haynes said.
"I played for Logan and Canberra at a high level which saw me grow drastically as a player."
Aside from her QBL commitments, Haynes is a mother to two-year-old twins Maddison and Parker.
"I still take my basketball seriously but playing at a WNBL level is probably done for me," she said.
"I have a young family and my partner has a good job which keeps us fairly busy."
Haynes' will line up for the Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones at Hegvold Stadium tonight in Round 4 against the Townsville Flames.
"The Townsville team changes every year so it's hard to know what to expect," Haynes said.
"They have two big scorers, so our goal will be to try and limit them as much as possible."
The Gladstone product said defence would spark the difference in their clash against the Flames, a challenge she welcomed.
"I like to rebound. My favourite moment in a game is securing offensive rebounds because no-one really expects them," Haynes said.
"I'll be doing everything in my power to give my team another chance to score.
"If I have to rebound the whole game that's fine with me."
Cyclones coach Chris Muggeridge said Queensland North top-scorer Briana Bailey would return against Townsville to replace of Sarah Anderson.
"We have worked hard to ensure our defence is sharper this weekend and that we can control quicker transitions," he said.
QBL ROUND 4
Cyclones (Tai Wakelin-Gray, Anna Dyer, Alex Brady (vc), Nicole Michael, Shannan Muggeridge, Chandrea Jones (c), Chloe Morrow, Amee Brown, Briana Bailey, Rebecca Haynes, Samantha Norwood, Katrina Clifford) vs Townsville Flames at Hegvold Stadium tonight, 6.30pm.