A LEARNING background for the club’s more youthful players and a tidying off of pre-season spider webs for the group’s prepared campaigners is the way Bendigo Braves mentor Ben Harvey saw Friday night’s misfortune to the Nunawading Specters.
The Symes Motors-upheld Braves took only three standard players – Chris Novak, Kevin Probert and Chris Hogan – into the club’s first pre-season coordinate, which it lost 74-109 at Bendigo Stadium.
The Braves have been back in preparing for a month, and the group’s absence of match hone appeared against a Specters agree with seven experienced SEABL players.
Adam Tanner was a late oversight for the Braves with a sore elbow, while Warren Randall missed with hamstring damage.
Matthew Bartlett was the other experienced player unfit to play, while the club is anticipating the landing of American imports Deilvez Yearby and Daniel Horton on February 17.
Gold Coast Blaze star Tom Garlepp is booked to arrive two weeks into the SEABL season, once his NBL duties are finished.
Harvey said there was one spot still accessible on the Braves’ program for season 2012 and Friday night’s amusement was a chance to observe a portion of the club’s rising stars.
“It gives our folks the chance to see where they’re at and where they should be to contend at this level,” Harvey said.
“We submitted 10 turnovers in the primary quarter, we normally just have around 13 a diversion.
“It was somewhat of a reminder for a portion of the children.”
Harvey said David Hogan, Daniel Hansen, Tom Kenyon and Jarrod Kerwin inspired on occasion amid the match.
The Braves’ next hit out will be on February 25 at home against Ballarat, yet until the point that then Harvey will have the players preparing hard, especially on their wellness.
In the wake of winning consecutive gathering titles, Harvey said the club would look after anything not as much as national title accomplishment as a disappointment this season.
“It’s a huge year for us this year, our point is to win the title,” Harvey said.
“Anything less and we’ve essentially underachieved.”