The Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association is on the lookout for coaches. The GABA is searching for good-quality coaches to jump on board club teams, believing it will increase interest and improve the quality of players and competition locally. Though the signature side of the Mid West, the Geraldton Buccaneers, the kings of the SBL have started the stand-in West Coast Classic competition sluggishly, with a 1-5 record. Some are viewing it as a developmental season, but basketball hierarchy do not want the sport to slip in quality. And on the agenda is a plan for a women’s side eventually to re-enter WA’s top competition. The Buccaneers once had a ladies side. Jasmin Bowley has joined the coaching staff of the Buccaneers at the invitation of head coach Dayle Joseph. Bowley, who coaches Chapman Valley in the women’s competition, made her debut on the Buccs bench when they were thrashed 56-104 by the Warwick Senators last weekend. “I really enjoyed the experience and want to stay ... but that’s up to Dayle,” Bowley said. “I want to develop myself, but I want to help develop (female) basketball in Geraldton. The more I know, the more I will be able to help others. “We want to improve the level of female basketballers and get a pathway for them. We would like to keep players here rather than lose them to Perth.” Meanwhile, it’s anything but a “kid-free” zone at Activewest Stadium as Buccaneers coach Dayle Joseph will continue blooding teenagers at the top level. Harry Evans, 15, played a couple of minutes in the opening home game last Saturday, while 16-year-old Tom Dobson and Kyle Wennekes are likely to have court time on Saturday night when the Buccs play Mandurah Magic. Dobson is the grandson of club legend Bernard Brown, and his uncles, Greg and Peter, are a former star player and president of Geraldton Amateur Basketball. Evans had a couple of minutes on court, and found the basket in a photo finish with the buzzer. A son of former Buccs player and coach Ray Evans and GABA figure and journalist Natasha Harradine, Evans was rewarded for doing solo training sessions after the national under-16 titles were called off due to COVID-19.