WELL, as ever, its been a roller coaster ride at the Cheshire Jets in 2010/2011.
The season started for me in April 2010 with the decision to break up the existing team. I believed age was against us plus we were too small, getting bullied in the bigger games so our recruitment focused on youth and size.
First to sign was Colin O’Reilly. I could see with his high basketball IQ he would make a great captain.
Matt Schneck - the embodiment of our new policy - followed as did Calvin and Steve.
We signed a superstar guard, Jeremy Bell, who turned out to be a sensation and finally we brought in NBA Development League star Quement Greer and foe-turned-friend Gareth Murray from Glasgow Rocks.
Our average age dropped six years and our average height was up by four inches!
After overcoming early injuries we were rolling until disaster struck as Matt, who was leading in scoring and rebounding, tested positive for MHA and was banned.
The team battled on well without him but semi-final defeat to Sheffield Sharks ended our BBL Cup dreams.
In February Matt returned and five quick wins with our original unit put us back in the title race until back-to-back losses to Newcastle and Mersey ended that dream too.
We lacked a bit of experience down the stretch, and the fine line between success and failure smacked us in the face again.
A top four finish and two semi-finals was short of our ambitions for the season but I believe we have a young, hungry nucleus of top talent and we will be doing our best to keep them together over the coming seasons.
It’s a fine line between success and failure at the top level and I’m convinced we will cross that line very soon.