New Marjon coach Matt builds Hatchell dynasty
PLYMOUTH Marjon opened their season with all guns blazing as they dismantled men's National Cup rookies Swindon Shock 92-51.
Marjon, under new management since former head coach George Hatchell decided to step down in favour of son Matt, never looked in danger against the visitors.
They shot into a 25-11 first-quarter lead, then crushed Division Four outfit Shock 30-8 in the second.
The game was practically a formality from then on, coach Matt Hatchell getting the chance to blood new players as Marjon won the final two quarters 16-15 and 21-17.
Hatchell, whose team start their Division Three South campaign in a fortnight against Oxford, said he was pleased with Marjon's opening game.
Hatchell said: "It wasn't a very competitive game, but they (Swindon) are a new team and you never know quite what to expect.
"Swindon's inexperience showed and although we were without key players, we were able to blood new players.
"When you're at home, you want to put on a good display and you can only play what's in front of you.
"It was good that we did make Swindon look inexperienced. It could have been a scrappy game, but it wasn't – we executed very well."
Hatchell has re-recruited some of Marjon's most effective players.
One of them, guard Mark Gillbard, top-scored for Marjon with 23 points.
Also back in the Marjon fold are Shane Hennessey, Jamie Davies and Dan Taylor.
Hatchell said: "It's good having them back, because they know how I work.
"I'm keeping the fundamentals the same and I'll be doing things my dad's instilled into the team over the years.
"But I'll also be bringing in some new ideas, some new plays and new offences, which should appeal to the younger guys.
"They're well educated and intelligent and the guys are picking up what I'm trying to do."
Hatchell revealed that he still wants to strengthen his squad.
He said: "I'm waiting on another player who would improve us dramatically, but we'll have to wait and see on that one."