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The Townsville Fire are an Australian professional female basketball team competing in the 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 in 2001 by Townsville Basketball Inc. In 2014, James Cook University became the team's principal partner and naming rights sponsor.[1]

Townsville Fire
Townsville Fire logo
LeaguesWNBL
Founded2001
HistoryTownsville Fire
2001–present
ArenaTownsville RSL Stadium
Capacity2,200
LocationTownsville, Queensland
Main sponsorJames Cook University
PresidentRichard Goodbody
Head coachClaudia Brassard
Team captainSuzy Batkovic
Championships3 (2015, 2016, 2018)

Following the 2010/11 season, the Fire were seemingly doomed, folding under the weight of financial pressures before an 11th hour resurrection.[1] Prior to the 2011/12 season, the team became a not-for-profit, community owned entity. The Fire reached four straight WNBL Grand Finals between 2012/13 and 2015/16, winning back-to-back championships in 2015 and 2016. Their victory in March 2015 was the city's maiden national premiership.[2] The Fire returned to the WNBL Grand Final in 2017/18 and won their third title in four years.[3]

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Season-by-season recordsEdit

RosterEdit

2017–18 Townsville Fire roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
SG 1   Mincy, Laurin 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
SG 3   Goodchild, Miela 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
PG 6   Donnelly, Mikhaela 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
SG 7   Andrews, Haylee 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
C 8   Batkovic, Suzy (C) 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
SF 10   Murray, Mia 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
PF 14   Garbin, Darcee 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
C 15   Aokuso, Zitina 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
SF 21   Whittle, Marena 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
PG 22   Wilson, Kelly 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
PF 23   George, Cayla 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
SG 24   Wiese, Sydney 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
PG 32   Cocks, Micaela 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Updated: 4 October 2017

Former playersEdit

Team officialsEdit

OwnersEdit

  • Townsville Fire Limited (2011–present)

Head coachesEdit

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 DirectorsEdit

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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