Cocks climbs to number two on games list

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Reigning Rachael Sporn Medallist Micaela Cocks will become the second most capped player in club history on Sunday when she pulls on the JCU Townsville Fire singlet for the 132nd time.

Having drawn level with former star Tania Baxter last week, Cocks will move past her fellow guard into outright second – still close to 100 games behind record holder Rachael McCully (228) – when the Fire host Adelaide at Townsville Stadium.

Despite having never heard of Townsville when she was recruited to the club in 2011/12, the New Zealand Olympian, who enjoyed a decorated college career with Oregon, has been one of the cornerstones of the Fire’s dynasty, blossoming into one of the WNBL’s most lethal outside threats.

“It’s very exciting,” Cocks said.

“I love being in Townsville and playing for the Fire and I’m glad that I get to move up that games list.

“I’m a pretty loyal person, and the club has been great to me, so I’m glad that I can be on that list.”

Since arriving in Townsville, Cocks is yet to miss the post-season, with the Tall Ferns captain just one of two players alongside Mia Murray to have participated in the past four WNBL Grand Finals.

Having missed a handful of games through injury, Murray sits fourth on the list and will also overtake Baxter later in the season.

Head Coach Claudia Brassard, who now sits seventh on the list, said it was testament to Cocks’ hard work and believed she had the capability to overhaul McCully if she wanted to prolong her playing career.

“It’s amazing,” Brassard said.

“She probably ends up as the most successful player here when you like at how many games she has played, with championships and Grand Finals.

“She’s a great player that has represented our club well – in the community as well – so I’m really proud and really happy for her.”

Cocks will come up against her former coach, Chris Lucas, who has returned to the Lightning after spending five years with the Fire.

While the 30-year-old stated she had not enjoyed contact with her former mentor, Brassard conceded she had been trading barbs with Lucas ahead of the game.

“I’ve enjoyed just a bit of fun banter with him,” Brassard said.

“He and I have a great relationship and I’m sure he is looking forward to coming up here and just giving each other a bit of a hard time.”

The Fire host the Lightning at Townsville Stadium from 1pm on Sunday.

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JCU Townsville Fire All-Time Games

  • Rachael McCully (228)
  • Micaela Cocks (131*)
  • Tania Baxter (131)
  • Mia Murray (123*)
  • Aneka Davis (122)
  • Cherie Gallagher (119)
  • Claudia Brassard (106)
  • Rohanee Cox (103)
  • Suzy Batkovic (101*)
  • Jennifer Crouse (90)

* Indicates still actively playing for the Fire.

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