Romeo gives coach early present
HOG'S Breath Cyclones’ coach Peter Trenerry is beginning to tick off his wish list for the 2011 QBL season.
The rookie coach has secured the services of Canberra Capitals star Nicole Romeo for next season with the point guard expected to join the club following a short break at the end of the WNBL season.
In her first season of QBL in 2010, Romeo was a standout in the league before injury struck and since her return to the Capitals for the 2010-11 WNBL season she has been making valuable contributions.
“To be competitive in the league you need an excellent point guard and Nicole certainly has the skills and qualities to make her a standout,” Trenerry said.
“Her ability to shoot consistently from the new three-point line will be a great asset to the team next season.”
While only 21, Trenerry believes Romeo can have a big influence on the local juniors coming through the ranks.
“Along with her on court leadership she will continue to assist in the development of our local junior players,” he said.
A genuine point guard, Trenerry is hoping Romeo will give the Cyclones the opportunity to play a fast-paced attacking style.
Trenerry said the key to recruiting was to find players that worked well together.
“Nicole fits in well with the group and I think she will return to Rockhampton an even better player than we saw in the 2010 season,” he said.
“She’s playing a big part in what Canberra is doing this season; she’s playing good minutes for them at the moment.
“Nicole’s the first of several pieces of the puzzle that we will need to add to our local group to be competitive this year.”
Romeo takes the first of the Cyclones’ restricted spots for next season with a number of other current WNBL stars expected to be signed in coming weeks.
Tegan Cunningham and Bianca Abbott are currently in the final stages of negotiations, while Trenerry plans to meet with Alexandra Brady – who has made a number of appearances for the Townsville Fire in the WNBL – when she returns home to Rockhampton for Christmas.
Meanwhile, Republik Nightclub Rockhampton Rockets coach Neal Tweedy is awaiting the availability of a number of imports before finalising his roster.
“I’m just waiting to hear about the availability of Reggie (Golson) and Ryan (McDade),” he said. “We won’t be signing anyone until after the New Year.”
Nicole’s the first of several pieces of the puzzle that we will need to add to our local group to be competitive this year."