I suppose that this highlights the simple fact that the Mount doesn't develop talent and that coach Hill and those before him bought $$ talent to the area. The Pioneers vision 30 years ago was to find a vehicle to showcase their local Junior/Senior talent and that was the SEBL as it was in those days. Slowly overtime the two good imports with the rest local 20 somethings and an abundance of State Country junior reps faded and it was who you could bring in and for what price. Sure the now locals who weren't from the Mount but stayed should be considered locals like De Witt, Russell, Mason and Joynes,Burdon, Sutton who were or still are long term residents. But the once great vision of a pathway for the Mount juniors is long gone. The last was David Bowden (who would have finished playing before most of the current list picked up a ball)!
Yes Coach Hill has had success, Can he coach - YES, can he recruit - HELL YES, can he or the Pioneers club develop talent - UNFORTUNATELY NO.
Female programs at any level in the Blue lake city has been in rapid decay for many decades and the male side is a "buy in" rather than a develop fix. The Pioneers and the feeder association in MTGBA have a long history of mistrust and not getting along even though it was MTGBA that was in control and nominated the Pioneers for the National competition 30 years ago. Both the Pioneers and the MTGBA are guilty of sitting on their hands for way to long.
So put this all into perspective when you consider the current PL rosters do have a connection with their junior programs and do attempt to have a pathway program in place. The Mount will finish 4th at best in the Men (collecting home wins) and the women will finish no higher than 8th with a rookie coach, no juniors and a "johnny come lately" philosophy to put together a team.
Its great they are now in the PL, but don't feel sorry for a club that never cared about its future in Juniors or Women's programs. I hope the Norths, Southern, Forestville and Wests of the competition show them what a real club can put on the floor.