Tweedy’s back with Rockets

BASKETBALL: As far as surprises go the re-appointment of Rockets coach Neal Tweedy would have to be at the lower end of the scale.

Yesterday Rockhampton Basketball (Inc) formally announced that the popular and highly successful Tweedy would take charge of the Stadium Nightclub Rockets for another season.

Operations manager Jamie Boon said the appointment of Tweedy was a priority for the organisation due to his fine coaching record and his experience.

“He has been around the league for quite a long period and is aware of what it takes to put together a competitive team,” Boon added.

Following another successful season Tweedy still looks at the coaching position as challenging.

“It is always a challenge every year. There is the turnover of players and the challenge of recruitment,” Tweedy said.

“I feel I’ve been around a long enough time to know what it takes to win.”

After the short break following the 2009 finals series, Tweedy sounds as enthusiastic as ever and keen to keep Rockhampton Basketball at the top through the Rockets.

“Consistency is what makes you successful,” he noted.

While Tweedy is a foundation on which the Rockets’ ambitions are built, another settling factor is the re-appointment of Darren Richardson as his assistant.

“Darren is a bit like myself,” Tweedy said commenting on the length of service Richardson enjoyed with the Rockets before moving into his coaching role last year.

For the pair, the season starts almost immediately as they take stock of the talent available locally.

The format of the QABL for 2010 is not expected to change dramatically.

“They are looking at that at the moment, it should be finalised in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

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