QSN: Well it was a successful year down Redcliffe way as Peninsula Power clinched both the Canale Cup and Brisbane Premier League Grand Final. We spoke to co-coach Warren Moon about what we can expect from the Power in 2014.
Well Warren, BPL Grand Final and Canale Cup winners in 2013, the obvious target for this year, is it to be top of the league after round 22.
WM: That’s certainly our goal. We were really happy with how last season we finished. Obviously going into every season, I’m sure most teams have a goal to finish first and become Champions.
QSN: Well you’ve lost a couple of quality players, Todd Gava’s gone to Rochedale, Luke Gauci, I think he’s out for the season but you’ve been able to retain players like Michael Butters and Ally Graham who’s already been in fine scoring form in the pre-season. What other changes have you made to your squad?
WM: We’re going OK. Not only have we lost the boys you’ve mentioned but also Jordan Lowdon who was a massive part of our team last year and Shaun Feuerriegel who’s retired as well so we’ve had some pretty key outs in the off-season and we’ve brought in a couple of players at the back and also a lot of young boys as well to strengthen the youth of the club so we’re going OK. Quietly confident we’re going to be competitive again but you never know until the season kicks off where everyone else is at, so we’ll see how we go.
QSN: You mentioned the signing of Greig Henslee who’s come down from the Sunshine Coast Fire, was that an important part to try and improve your backline this season?
WM: Yeah it was. Todd Gava is a massive loss and probably losing Luke Gauci for pretty much the whole of the season, we needed extra cover. We were very fortunate enough with the developments at the Fire that Greig was even available, we just happened to take advantage of the situation and we’re delighted to have him because since he’s been here, already he’s been tremendous for us and we’re very happy with that one.
QSN: You’ve obviously been bandied about as title contenders, who do you see as your biggest threats in 2014?
WM: We’re contenders definitely. For me, you can’t go past Lions and Wolves. I watched Wolves a few weeks back in the Silver Boot and I was very impressed and add in a couple of extra players that will come into that squad and once again, they’ll be one of the teams to beat. And the Lions as well under Rossy who for me was the best coach in the BPL last year. He’s gotten his side so well organised and they were the most consistent team, deserved Champions last year. I think he’s strengthened his squad and probably can’t go past those two, I think. They would be the two favourites in my eyes going forward.
QSN: And round one, you’re up against Rochedale, Peninsula’s bogey team. How do you think round one against Rochedale might go?
WM: Well we’ve beaten them once in the last five years so you go on that record, Rochedale has three points in the bag, we’ll see if it one of those ones. We’re aware of it, our record’s not great so we need to start well because we haven’t started well in the last couple of years. The Power, for whatever reason, have got off to a slow start so it’s important this year we make a fast start and we’ll be hoping to get three points at home in round one against Rochedale.
QSN: Well Warren, best of luck for the season and hopefully you can go one better in claiming the treble this year.
WM: We’ll see how we go. Cheers.
QSN: Peninsula Power co-coach Warren Moon and Peninsula open their Trophy Superstore Premier League this season taking on Rochedale, Saturday night, 5pm, AJ Kelly Field, Kippa-Ring.