Kevin Jones urges Geraldton Buccaneers coach Dayle Joseph to join the State Basketball League championship club

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Dayle Joseph and Kevin Jones.
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Kevin Jones has called time-out on being the only member of his club, urging Dayle Joseph to join him.

“Mate, I’m hanging out to have dinner with another coach of a Buccs championship team. Win it,” Jones said.

The pair have a special link — September 1, 2000.

That’s when head coach Jones and assistant boss Joseph led the Geraldton Buccaneers to their first and only SBL championship. “Yes, of course, it was so special,” they said in unison when asked if they remembered the night at Perth’s Perry Lakes stadium.

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They recalled the slow start — Lakeside Lightning had eight points on the board before the Buccs awoke — and how the match unfolded. Jones knew everywhere they “kicked on” at, Joseph was not as certain.

“We used to car pool in those days and spent a lot of time driving and talking. We got on very well,” Jones said. Joseph had crossed over to basketball from football and wasn’t sure if he was “ready and qualified” to coach.

He’s more than ready and qualified now, and has united a team.

“Yes, the boys are in a good spot, the players have shown in the last six weeks how desperate they are,” he said.

Nearly as desperate as Jones is to have a partner at a dinner date for Buccs championship coaches.

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