Cloud lands in Townsville


JCU Townsville Fire import Natasha Cloud says she is ready to play her role as the club chases a WNBL three-peat.

Fresh off her sophomore campaign in the WNBA, the Washington Mystics star, who has established herself as one of the game’s premier permitter defenders, arrived in North Queensland yesterday and has already learnt some of the do’s and don’ts of the city.

“I was told not to go swimming in the water because of the sharks, jellyfish and crocodiles,” Cloud said.

“So I’ll be sure to stay away, I might just stay at the pool at the (Quest Townsville on Eyre) apartments.

“With the beach being just down the road I’m really excited whether I can swim or not. I’m a beach girl, so I love it.”

Having received the Fire’s plays remotely, Cloud said she didn’t think it would take long to adapt to the two-time reigning champions and was keen to join her new teammates on the floor.

“I’m excited to be here, excited to be in the gym and I’m looking forward to getting practice under my belt,” Cloud said.

“Australia’s always been a place I wanted to visit – being in Turkey last year didn’t work out that well – so deciding whether I was going to go overseas again as dependant on being comfortable (with where I was going).

“When Australia and Townsville came up, it was like a dream come true.”

Cloud will become the 95th player to represent the Fire when she makes her WNBL debut on Sunday against the Perth Lynx at Townsville Stadium.

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