AGL Cobras head coach Pete Godfrey Coach has been named the Victorian Youth Championship Men’s Coach of the Month for March. Godfrey led the Cobras to a perfect 5-0 month, and their record now sits at 6-0 after a victory over the Nunawading Spectres. What Godfrey has been able to do over the first six games is nothing short of remarkable. The Cobras have lost Kyle Adnam, Jackson Brazier, and Arjen Smit to SEABL; and Steven O’Brien, Michael Knoll, Zach Taulien, and Corey Jeffs to college basketball in the US. Despite last years core moving on, Godfrey has his team playing with the same intensity and unselfishness as they displayed a year ago.

Even after last weekend’s thrilling two-point victory over Nunawading, the Cobras boast an average winning margin of 31 points per game, holding their opponents to under 60 points per contest. The Cobras have bought into Godfrey’s defensive minded system; the same system which he employed en-route to an undefeated season and State Championship with the Under 20’s Cobra men last year.

With all of last year’s big names gone, Godfrey has not had the luxury of being able to rely on a proven VYC star. This year’s team goes 10-deep; with no-one averaging over 27 minutes-per-game. Despite the even minutes distribution, Godfrey’s team has six players averaging over nine points-per-game, with four averaging over 10 per contest. The team’s field goal percentage is high, and no one gives the ball up even twice a game. On statistics alone, it is clear this team plays an unselfish, disciplined brand of basketball, and those assumptions are confirmed when seen in person – the AGL Cobras are young, exciting, and incredibly fun to watch.

For the second year in a row, the Cobras are the team to beat in VYC. If Godfrey can continue to build on the outstanding 12-months of results he has just produced, the Cobra men could be looking at back-to-back VYC Championships.

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