Gunners veteran Daniel Joyce has been using his vast experience to coach local up-and-comers and he believes teaching others has taught himself some new things too.
The Canberra guard is the ACT Under 20’s assistant coach alongside good mate and Gunners teammate Ben Allen. The duo have been teaching some of ACT’s finest young basketballers what it takes to make it to the top of their game.
The Wollongong native believes that teaching the under 20’s has helped an old dog like himself learn new tricks.
“Allen and I were already in a leadership role with Gunners so it was an easy transition to go to under 20’s,” he said.
“Seeing things from a different angle on the sideline made me a better player.”
Now in his sixth season with Canberra Gunners, Joyce is a veteran in the squad and is aiming to use his leadership skills to drive the side to the SEABL playoffs.
“The last couple of years, I have taken more of a leadership role and this is my ninth season, so I am getting on in years, so I am just trying to give some of that leadership for the young guys to help them through,” he said.
“We had some good rookies last year that did pretty well, Broderick Doran and Glenn Morison, so they are coming into their second year and I think they can step up and I am just going to help them along the way.”
The former NBL player believes the Gunners squad has improved with the inclusion of Marshell Nelson from Perth which will help the Canberra side contend with the top teams.
“I think we will be a lot better this year. We have a lot more stability with Shaun [McEachin] being appointed for this season early last year so we had an early pre-season,” he said.
“We also signed Marshell Nelson, and he is injured this week, but once he comes in, we will be contending with the top teams for sure.”
“We have been training since December last year, which is a long time so we are ready to go.”
Canberra Gunners will face Ballarat at Belconnen Basketball Stadium on Saturday 14 April, 5:30 pm.