Options aplenty for Delaney-Hoshek with new-look team

29 August 2017

Silvermoon Tactix coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek is excited to get things underway for the 2018 ANZ Premiership.

Having announced her full roster 2 weeks ago, Delaney-Hoshek has had the chance to reflect on a busy recruitment period and start to put some plans in place.

“I think it’s fabulous that we’ve been able to keep the core of our team together. It’s a great indication of the culture, support and set-up we have in the Mainland region,” Delaney-Hoshek said.

“We’ve got a lot of variation that we can put out on court; we’ve got hard working players, some thinkers, some youth and some experience – it’s exciting.

“People who have different strengths tend to bring them out in each other, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what this team can do once they come together.”

The Tactix opted to bring in experienced Australian shooter Kate Beveridge as their import player for 2018, to complement Ellie Bird and Brooke Leaver in the circle.

“Ellie is still new to this level, and Brooke to a certain degree is too as 2017 was the first year she had consistent court time. Bringing in Kate was a chance for us to add some experience,” she said.

“Kate’s a tall player who can play both shooting positions; she’ll give us a lot of flexibility and is able to put up a lot of shots with high accuracy.”

At the other end of the court, the Tactix have one of the most versatile and exciting defensive line-ups with Silver Ferns Jane Watson and Temalisi Fakahokotau joining Zoe Walker and Jess Moulds.

“I have coached Jane at NZA before and she said she wouldn’t mind coming home at some stage so I just asked the question,” she said.

“To add Jane into the mix, obviously we have got some really good defenders already, but it adds that extra dimension.

“Within that group we have got some real versatility in what we can put out on court. For the first time, we can change things up tactically because we have that variety.”

With the promise of more goals, speed and vision in the midcourt, and a bolstered defensive unit, Delaney-Hoshek is hoping it will mean a move up the ladder.

“I'm not going to get too far ahead but I know we are going to lift our performance,” Delaney-Hoshek said.

“Looking at the other teams on paper, I think we match up pretty well so that’s a good start.

“We know we have a lot of work to do and it will be a new team, but I believe we’ve got the makings of a winning team who could give this league a real shake in the next couple of years.”