Townsville Fire

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Townsville Fire
Townsville Fire logo
Leagues WNBL
Founded 2001
History Townsville Fire
2001–present
Arena Townsville RSL Stadium
Arena Capacity 2,200
Location Townsville, Queensland
Main sponsor James Cook University
Head coach Claudia Brassard
Team captain Suzy Batkovic
Championships 2 (2015, 2016)

The Townsville Fire are a professional female basketball team competing in the Australian Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). They are the only female professional sporting team of any discipline in the northern half of Australia. The team was established for the 2001–02 WNBL season by Townsville Basketball Inc.

The team folded at the end of the 2010–11 season, however a steering committee was established to re-form the team.[1] By the 2011/12 season the Fire had been reformed as a not-for-profit, community owned entity and successfully returned to the league, achieving finals contention. The Fire reached the Grand Finals in 2012/13 and 2013/14. The Fire won the Wattle Valley WNBL premiership in the 2014/2015 season, beating the Bendigo Spirit 75-65 at the Townsville RSL Stadium. This represented the first national premiership for a Townsville-based sporting team.[2]

Off field, the Fire is focused on providing strong and healthy role models for girls and women.[3]

In 2014 the Townsville Fire announced that James Cook University would be a principal partner for three years, and that the team will be known as the JCU Townsville Fire for this period.[4]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Roster[edit]

2016–17 Townsville Fire roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
G 4 United States Cloud, Natasha 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
G 6 Australia Walsh, Ainsley 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
G 7 Australia Andrews, Haylee 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
C 8 Australia Batkovic, Suzy (C) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
G/F 10 Australia Murray, Mia 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
F 12 Australia Zelenka, Jacqui 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
F 14 Australia Garbin, Darcee 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G/F 15 United States Kame, Amy 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
G/F 20 New Zealand Paalvast, Chevannah 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
G 22 Australia Wilson, Kelly 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
G 32 New Zealand Cocks, Micaela 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
F 35 United States Standish, Kayla 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Australia Mark Wrobel

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 27 November 2016

Former players[edit]

Team officials[edit]

Owners[edit]

  • Townsville Fire Limited (2011–present)

Head coaches[edit]

Townsville Fire head coaches
Name Start End Seasons Regular season Finals
W L PCT G W L PCT G
David Herbert 2001 2007 6 59 69 46.09 128 0 2 0.00 2
Peter Buckle 2007 2011 4 50 40 55.55 90 2 2 50.00 4
Chris Lucas 2011 2016 5 76 40 65.51 116 9 4 69.23 13

Board of Directors[edit]

Position Name
Chair Michelle Morton
Deputy Chair Glenys Schuntner
Director Warwick Cann
Director Cath Rule
Director Stephen Motti
Director George Milford
Director Suzy Wilson

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