Queensland Firebirds

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Queensland Firebirds
Queensland Firebirds Logo.svg
Founded1997
Based inBrisbane
RegionsQueensland
Home venueQueensland State Netball Centre
CaptainGabi Simpson
Premierships3 (2011, 2015, 2016) [1]
LeagueSuncorp Super Netball
ANZ Championship
Commonwealth Bank Trophy
2020 placing5th
Websitewww.firebirds.net.au
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Queensland Firebirds are an Australian netball team based in Brisbane, Queensland. Since 2017 they have played in Suncorp Super Netball. Between 2008 and 2016, they played in the ANZ Championship and between 1997 and 2007, they played in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy league. Firebirds were the most successful team during the ANZ Championship era. Between 2011 and 2016 they played in five grand finals, winning three premierships in 2011, 2015 and 2016. They were the only team to win back to back ANZ Championship titles.

History[edit]

Commonwealth Bank Trophy[edit]

Between 1997 and 2007, Queensland Firebirds represented Netball Queensland in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy league. Together with Adelaide Ravens, Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Kestrels, Melbourne Phoenix, Perth Orioles, Sydney Sandpipers and Sydney Swifts, Firebirds were one of the founding members of the league. [2][3] Between 2005 and 2009, Vicki Wilson, a former Australia netball international, served as Firebirds head coach. [4][5][6][7] In 2006 Firebirds reached their first play-off series, losing 58–56 in the semi-finals to Melbourne Phoenix. [8]

Regular season statistics
Season Position Won Drawn Lost
1997 7th 4 0 10
1998 7th 2 0 12
1999 8th 2 0 12
2000 7th 2 1 11
2001 8th 1 1 12
2002 6th 4 0 10
2003 7th 3 0 11
2004 [9][10] 7th 3 0 11
2005 [9][11] 8th 0 0 14
2006 4th 7 0 7
2007 5th 8 0 6

ANZ Championship[edit]

Between 2008 and 2016, Firebirds played in the ANZ Championship. [12][13] In 2009, Roselee Jencke was appointed head coach. [7] In 2011 Firebirds finished the season undefeated. This marked the beginning of a golden age for the team. Between 2011 and 2016, Jencke guided Firebirds to five grand finals and three premierships. They were the most successful team during the ANZ Championship era and the only team to win back to back titles. [13][14][15][16][17] Romelda Aiken, Laura Geitz and Clare McMeniman formed the nucleus of the Firebirds squad and featured in all three Championship winning squads. [18][19][20][21][22]

Regular season statistics
Season Position Won Drawn Lost
2008 [12] 5th 7 0 6
2009 [23] 5th 8 0 5
2010 [24] 5th 7 0 6
2011 [25][26][27] 1st 13 0 0
2012 [28] 6th 7 0 6
2013 4th 9 0 4
2014 [29] 2nd 9 0 4
2015 [30] 1st 11 1 1
2016 [13] 2nd 11 0 2

  Premierships
  Runners Up

Suncorp Super Netball[edit]

Since 2017, Firebirds have played in Suncorp Super Netball. [1]

Regular season statistics
Season Position Won Drawn Lost
2017 5th 7 1 6
2018 [31] 3rd 9 0 5
2019 [32] 8th 1 2 11
2020 5th 6 1 7

Grand finals[edit]

Season Winners Score Runners Up Venue
2011 ANZ [26][33][34] Queensland Firebirds 57–44 Northern Mystics Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
2013 ANZ [35][36] Adelaide Thunderbirds 50–48 Queensland Firebirds Adelaide Entertainment Centre
2014 ANZ [29][37] Melbourne Vixens 53–42 Queensland Firebirds Hisense Arena
2015 ANZ [30][38][39] Queensland Firebirds 57–56 New South Wales Swifts Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
2016 ANZ [13][18] Queensland Firebirds 69–67 New South Wales Swifts Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Home venues[edit]

Firebirds have played their home games at various venues throughout Brisbane and Queensland. In February 2019 moved into a new permanent home, the Queensland State Netball Centre. [32][40]

Years
Chandler Arena [10][11][41] 1997–2008
Brisbane Entertainment Centre [31][42] 2008–2018
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre [11][28] 2005, 2008–2017
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre [28] 2008–2017
Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre [43] 2018
Queensland State Netball Centre [32][40] 2019–

Notable players[edit]

2020 squad[edit]

2020 Queensland Firebirds roster
Players Coaching staff
Nat. Name Position(s) DoB Height
Jamaica Romelda Aiken GS, GK 09 November 1988 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Australia Mahalia Cassidy C, WA 09 October 1995 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Australia Lara Dunkley (TRP) C, WA, WD 31 May 1995 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Australia Tippah Dwan GA, GS 30 October 1999 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Australia Rudi Ellis GK, GD 13 August 1997 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Australia Macy Gardner C, WA 07 June 2000 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Australia Tara Hinchliffe GK, GD 25 May 1998 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Australia Kim Jenner GD, GK 27 February 1998 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Australia Jemma Mi Mi C, WA, WD 04 March 1996 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Australia Gabi Simpson (c) WD, GD, C 17 October 1992 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
South Africa Ine-Mari Venter GS, GA 21 April 1995 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach



Notes
  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  • Injured or on maternity leave – Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) – Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 15/10/2019

Internationals[edit]

 Australia
 England
 Jamaica
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 Fiji

Captains[edit]

Years
Carla Dziwoki [9] 2005
Melanie McKenzie [9] 2005
Lauren Nourse [44][45] 2010–2012
Laura Geitz [45] 2012–2016
Gabi Simpson [31][32][46] 2017–

Head Coaches[edit]

Coach Years
Patti Farrell 1997–1999
Sue Hawkins [47] 1999–2003
Brenda Scherian [4][5][9] 2004–2005
Vicki Wilson [4][5][6][7] 2005–2009
Roselee Jencke [7][14][15][16][17] 2009–2020

Sponsorship[edit]

Sponsors Seasons
Firestone [3] c. 1997–1999
Mission Foods [48][49][28][30] 2010–2015
Lorna Jane [50][31] 2016–

Queensland Fusion[edit]

Queensland Fusion are the reserve team of Queensland Firebirds. They play in the Australian Netball League. [51]

Premierships[edit]

References[edit]

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