PORTLAND Coasters’ men’s MVP Dave Groten says he believes the talent is there for Portland to take the next step at rep level next summer.
Groten was speaking after claiming a two-vote win in Portland’s men’s MVP count on Sunday night following a season he said was both challenging and enjoyable, adding it had been a complete surprise to win the award.
“Being a little bit older I am taking a slightly different approach to playing, trying to incorporate the kids a bit more instead of worrying about what I was doing myself as much, so as far as that is concerned it really wasn’t expected (to win),” Groten said.
“It was a challenge for me this year.
“The kids didn’t have a lot of confidence this year to start with, and that was a little bit unusual to be out on the court with three or four other guys who weren’t really sure what they should be doing and weren’t really used to the structures that Rebel (coach Rebel Noter) was bringing in.
“It took a little bit to get used to but once we got under way we felt more comfortable each time we got out on the court and the more training we had, it was just a pity it ended so quick.”
Groten said he came back into the Coasters side this season after being approached by Noter and team captain Trenton Johnston, with the prospect of playing alongside some very young and promising players quite attractive.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.