WODONGA Wolves have suffered a blow on the eve of the CBL season, with new coach Matt Asquith standing aside because of injury.
Asquith, 24, had been appointed to coach the Wolves with Troy Crawford and Broady Mills but the latter pair will do it together after a troublesome knee complaint got the better of Asquith.
He’ll sit out the season.
“Unfortunately he’s not going to be up to it,” Crawford said.
“He needs to have a break and focus on his rehab.
“He’s only 24 and needs to get it right.
“So he will take this as a bit of a chance to have a bit of a break.
“It’s unfortunate but the right thing for him to do at this stage of his career.”
The Wolves, meanwhile, are gearing up for weekend one of the summer season that starts on Saturday.
Wodonga will kick off its campaign with a double-header, hosting Maryborough on Saturday before Castlemaine visits the Wodonga Leisure Centre on Sunday.
Crawford said the Wolves were keen to avenge their loss in last year’s conference final, however, were fully aware this season would be an entirely different kettle of fish.
There’s been slight changes to the conference structure, with Albury’s return
“It’s all pretty exciting,” Crawford said.
“We can’t afford to rest on our laurels.
“The changes should make the league a little stronger and we’re really looking forward to re-igniting that cross-Border rivalry.”
The Lady Wolves, meanwhile, are also looking to bounce back from a conference final loss.
Phil Brown has stepped into the coaching role and the club will boast a mix of experience and youth when it takes the court on Sunday.
“It’s vital we get consistency across all areas of our game this year to ensure that we provide ourselves the best opportunity to take the next step from last year,” Brown explained.
“The importance of a strong team approach, along with consistent input from all players, will be the key to our success this year.”