Thursday, January 19, 2017

Former Maxol WIT Wildcats Head Coach, Michael Evans. Photo: Noel Browne.

Maxol WIT Wildcats are back in action this Saturday after a six week break. The last game they played was December 10th. Last weekend’s fixture away to NUIG Galway was postponed as the league’s western representative’s home court was not available,
Over the Christmas break, Wildcats coach Mick Evans and his assistant Jim Dudley stepped down for personal reasons as the Super League coaches. Both men played a major part in keeping Wildcats in Ireland’s top league over the past two seasons and huge thanks is owed to them for their wonderful contribution.
This Saturday’s game at home to reigning champions Glanmire of Cork will see Jillian Hayes and her former team-mate Trish Nolan take charge of the Wildcats. Both ladies were magnificent players in the glory years when Wildcats dominated both league and cup for over a decade. Hopefully some of their skill and passion will spill over through their coaching to the present squad of players as it’s been some time since Wildcats’ wonderful supporters saw silverware paraded around the Mercy sports hall which is home to the club since it was formed some 30 years ago.
Expectations are always high in the Wildcats camp. However both coaches have to be given time to stamp their influence on the team. A six week break before they meet Glanmire is hardly perfect preparation but if one checks this season’s records, it shows Wildcats came closest to toppling the champions when they went down by a couple of points in that pulsating cup semi-final in early December. Wildcats’ supporters were magnificent that night and who knows, with similar support and an all out effort from the players, this Saturday’s game might be the one that indicates the future is bright. Tip off at the Mercy Sports Hall this Saturday 21st January is at 7pm.


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