Rookie a team veteran
MORGAN Munson’s QBL career might be only one game old, but she has been an integral member of the Hog’s Breath Cafe Cyclones team for years.
The daughter of the Rockets first import, Corey Munson, Morgan is emerging from the shadows of her famous father, and hopes to make her mark this year on the QBL women’s competition.
Munson, 20, suited up for the Cyclones when she was 14 years old, but it took six years for her to taste court time for the first time.
Just days after arriving in Rockhampton from the United States, where she helped Southern New Hampshire University to a play-offs berth in the NCAA Division two north-east 10 conference, Morgan was thrust into Cyclones coach Peter Trenerry’s line-up for last weekend’s away trip to Mackay.
In her first match of the season, and on the road, Munson was eager to get into the action, and she didn’t have to wait long.
“I just wanted to get out there and play against Mackay on the weekend,” she said.
“Mackay and Rocky have always had a fierce rivalry in junior teams and I just wanted to get out on court and put it to them.”
Munson spent 16 minutes on court, hitting four from four from the field, including one from one from outside the arc to finish with nine points in the Cyclones’ 99-87 loss to the Meteorettes.
It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the second-year Bachelor of Marketing student, who is enjoying her time at home with mum, Leanne.
“It’s great to be home with all the luxuries,” Munson said.
“I’m also happy to be back (at Hegvold Stadium). It’s like a second home for me.
“I’ve spent so much time over the years here and know so many people that come out to basketball.”
While she can’t wait to take to the court for the first time in front of her home crowd at the stadium in a fortnight, Munson is focused on the team’s tough road trip, which begins today.
The Cyclones meet a Gold Coast Rollers team today that will be out to resurrect its season following a 40-point drubbing at the hands of 2010 premier Gladstone last weekend, before facing Northside Wizards tomorrow afternoon.
It will be the Wizards’ fourth game in two weeks. They suffered back-to-back losses to Townsville and Cairns last weekend, but Munson said they wouldn’t take their opponents lightly.
“You can’t take any team lightly,” she said.
Cyclones Road Trip
Cyclones v Gold Coast Rollers
Today, 5pm at Carrara Stadium
Cyclones v Northside Wizards
Tomorrow, noon at The Sports Centre
Line-up: Naomi Clarke, Nicole Romeo, Morgan Munson, Tegan Cunningham, Katrina Clifford, Chloe Morrow, Amee Brown, Mikaela King.
Coach: Peter Trenerry