Cheshire Jets have made quite a few changes for the start of the 2011/12 season with new head coach John Lavery and his young revitalised roster. They re-signed Captain Colin O’Reilly along with one of the leading points scorers Matt Schneck, whop averaged nearly 20 points per game in his debut season.
The Jets finished an impressive fourth last season and one of the key players that contributed to that excellent performance was last seasons MVP Jeremy Bell. Unfortunately, Bell has moved onto pastures new but coach Lavery was quick to snap up an ideal replacement. He sealed the signing of 6”4 point guard Adam Brown, who has played in the American NCAA top flight College Division for the last two years.
The Northgate Arena will welcome back a familiar face this year with Shawn Myers returning for his fourth stint at the club. Myers is a notable figure in jets history after being part of the ‘Jet Wash’ team that collected all English basketball honours back in 2002.
Lavery has certainly produced a good balance of valuable experience and energetic youth so lets see where the Jets will land this season.
Coach: John Lavery
One to watch
New signing Bill Cole – graduating from one of the best basketball colleges in America, the University of Illinois, 6”9 forward Bill Cole is definitely one to keep a close eye on. He was in the starting five for the famous ‘Fighting Illini’ throughout his college career. Cole is a versatile player who can play at either forward position but is best known for his outstanding defensive game. His coach at Illinois used him to mark the opposition’s best players regardless of their role on court. He has impressively brought some of the NCAA division one’s top scorers to all time season low performances.
Rest of the roster:
Adam Brown – Point Guard
Matt Schneck – Forward
Colin O’Reilly – Captain, Forward
Shawn Myers – Forward
Keith Page – Guard
Phil Brandreth – Forward
Ryan Gallagher – Forward
Lewis Halpin – Guard
Joe Wilson – Forward
Jason Helsby – Forward
Key team information
Home venue: Northgate Arena, Victoria Road, Chester, CH2 2AU
Club website: http://www.jetsbasketball.org.uk/
Tickets: available on club website or on game day at reception.
Tel No: 01244 302010
Fax: 01244 378582