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Friday, March 17, 2017

The Kilsyth Cobra Men have rounded out their final 12 for the 2017 SEABL season with four key signings.

Desmond Owili joins Kilsyth for what will be his rookie SEABL season, having spent 2016 with the Diamond Valley Eagles in the Big-V. A native of Rachuonyo, Kenya, the 6’7 Owili gives the Cobras a big paint presence; one who excels at both protecting the rim and finish with force above it.

Cobras Head Coach Justin Schueller is excited to have the high-flying Kenyan on board, with Owili and fellow big men Auryn Macmillan and Chris Patton set to form a formidable frontcourt trio for the season ahead.

“Des is a great rim protector and rebounder,” Schueller said.

“His skill set will give us vital boost off the bench." 

Joining Owili in the frontcourt is young prospect Josh Kunen. At just 16 years of age, Kunen has shown that he can hold his own in the SEABL, and at 6’8” tall, he brings a unique perimeter skill set and versatility that should serve the Cobras well moving forward. Kunen is also a member of the U18/1 Cobra Boys team and the Victorian Country U18 State Team, and will compete at the U18 National Championships in April.

“Although he’s the youngest member of our team, Josh plays above his years at both ends of the floor,” Schueller said.

“He is explosive and versatile which makes him a valuable asset to our group.”

Rounding out the Cobras backcourt is the sharpshooting duo of Jamie Ahale and Gabe Hadley.

Following an impressive 2016 which saw him named as the Cobras VYC MVP, Ahale has earned the call-up to the SEABL team for the year ahead. The 6’4 guard/forward gives Kilsyth a dangerous perimeter shooter, while his length makes him a versatile, disruptive presence the defensive end. The 18-year-old’s rapid ascension saw him named to the U20 Victorian State Team, where Ahale helped Victoria to a bronze medal at the U20 National Championships last month. 2017 will be a busy year for Ahale, as he will continue to play with the Cobras VYC Men’s team for the duration of the season.

“Jamie is an elite shooter who has a high IQ for the game,” Schueller said.

“He is able to come in and assert himself on both ends instantly.”

Hadley will join Kilsyth for his first season with the Cobras, giving Coach Schueller another exciting, up-and-coming talent for the 2017 season. A teammate of Ahale on the Victorian State Team, Hadley led Victoria - and finished seventh in the country - in scoring (17.7ppg) at last month’s championships. The 19-year-old is a lights out shooter from deep, with Schueller confident he will make an immediate impact for the Cobras.

“Gabe is one of the best players in the country for his age; he’s an elite scorer who will play a vital role for us this season,” Schueller said.

The Cobras now turn their attention towards the start of the 2017 regular season, which tips-off next Friday on the road against NW Tasmania. A challenging, road heavy start to their schedule will see Kilsyth play its first five games on the road, with their home opener slated for Saturday April 8 against Ballarat.

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