Your local community newspaper in the northern suburbs, we caught up with Joondalup Wolves Head Coach Ben Ettridge following the Grand Final last Saturday night:
GG: Ben you made a quick exit behind the grandstand after the game, what was the reasoning behind that?
BE: Yeah look congratulationa to the Hawks first of all, they were the better team on the night and if we had our time again I'm sure the result would have been different. They hit some lucky baskets, we struggled with how the refs targeted Jaylen a bit we thought, alot of 50/50 calls against him which could have gone either way really played a huge role in determining the outcome of the game
GG: Ok but you haven't actually answered my question - why did you walk straight behind the grandstand after the customary shaking of opposition hands? There were mixed reports you were consoling a player, then other reports suggesting you were looking for where your coaching knowledge and skill set which appeared to have gone for the previous two hours
BE: Ok first of all we have created a strong sense of club and brotherhood within the wolfpack family and if one of our own is distraught, then I will do everything in my power to give them the support required. We are one of the most successful clubs in the state if not country since I took over this previously lacklustre program and we pride ourselves on ensuring that we look down on the rest of the League regardless of however many times we appear to have choked on the big stage in recent years. In regards to where my coaching knowledge and skill was on Saturday night, you will find it was attending his sister's wedding.
GG: Ok final question, being your third loss in a Grand Final in a row, do you accept any responsibility for the underperforming results or are there other factors to take into account
BE: Under no circumstances was the result this year or the previous two years, my fault. We have lobbied the League vigorously in that time to make the Grand Final a three game series, particularly when the opposition side in it's current format gets to essentially host the one-off Grand Final on their home court. It will also mean that being in a much more affluent area of the city, certain demographics won't make the journey up to our state of the art home stadium HBF Arena thus alleviating any potential crowd control issues or heckling from wives of opposition coaches or things of that nature. We ARE the destination of choice for Basketball in WA and the sooner we start getting some respect for all that I have done for this program and the sport in general in this state, the better off the game will be.
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