Willis off to Sweden still thinking of Power's loss
RAY Willis knows the importance of what he helped the Port City Power do this year, making the play-offs for the first time.
But thinking about the journey ending still brings a cringed look to his face.
Willis was not in Gladstone with the aim of doing better than ever, he was playing to win.
"From day one, we were here to try and win, that was what the goal was," he said.
It does not mean he will look back on his experience at the Power with bad feelings. Willis knows he has made a monumental difference to the program.
He thinks the difference off the court is the fondest memory and the highlight of his stay. "I think that it is viewed differently, between when I first got here and now there has been a culture change," he said.
"People have to respect the program now. Before, they just thought of Gladstone as easybeats."
Willis is headed home to Atlanta, Georgia, for as long as he can before moving on to his next job.
He will be headed back to Europe and the Swedish league for at least seven months. He knows coming back to Gladstone is unlikely but would look into the opportunity if it presented itself.
Willis is flying out today or tomorrow, which is when he will have the time to properly contemplate what he did with Port City.
Upon landing, he will be keenly checking up on the progress of the Port City Power women.
He predicts the Power will be able to beat Rockhampton in the best of three series.
Either way, he says both programs have tried to make the fans proud, and can't wait to be on the next part of his journey.
"I thank everyone who supported us, the fans and sponsors as well," he said.
"We have done our best and try to make them proud."