Champs hope to notch up hat-trick

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Defending ABA premiers, Knights' Keanu Weeden and Henry Alforque.
Camera IconDefending ABA premiers, Knights' Keanu Weeden and Henry Alforque. Credit: Laurie Benson

Knights will enter the 2019-20 ABA season as favourites after winning the last two men’s A-grade titles.

Knights will again be the benchmark of the competition but they will have a hungry pack hoping to chase them down.

Captain Keanu Weeden said he would love his side to secure a hat-trick of titles.

“Hopefully we can finish off this season with another one but competition is tight so it will be a close season,” he said.

“We hope to make it three in a row.

“Our goal as a team is to make the grand final at the end of the season but with the loss of Henrick Alforque and Tom Edwards, we know it’s going to be tough.”

Weeden said using their big players would be a major focus in 2019-20.

“With Tyler Willmore and Kye Griffiths coming back from last year and an addition of Ezra Marques, we hope to have a strong big man team to help with the rebounds which we struggled with last year,” he said.

“Our team as a whole will work together to make an impact.

Defending ABA premiers, Knights' Keanu Weeden and Henry Alforque.
Camera IconDefending ABA premiers, Knights' Keanu Weeden and Henry Alforque. Credit: Laurie Benson

“As Tyler Willmore is growing stronger every day, and with the likes of Henry Alforque, Luke Maguire and Ben Brown at the guard spots, we think they'll have a major impact on the floor.”

Weeden said his side was expecting a more even competition this time around.

“With the introduction of Railways and Blazers and the old teams staying in the competition, we know this season is going to be the most competitive between teams,” he said.

“We know it’s going to be a close season with the standings.

“Overall we hope to compete with these teams and make it to the finals.”

Knights have lost silky guards Henrick Alforque and Edwards but have gained big men Flynn Wauters and Marques, with Brown also new to their squad.

The reigning champs start their season against Tigers tonight.

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