Fire enlist the Army for gruelling boot camp

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The JCU Townsville Fire will tackle their hardest pre-season obstacle to date when they are put through their paces by 3rd Brigade.

Having won back-to-back WNBL titles, the two-time reigning champions will be well and truly out of their comfort zone at Lavarack Barracks on Saturday as they are tested – physical and mentally – with a range of activities including a gruelling obstacle course.

Head coach Claudia Brassard said she hoped the day would fast-track the bonding process for the team and was looking forward to what the troops had in store for her players.

“I think it will be a great weekend for them and it’s all about building that team culture,” Brassard said.

“Finding out everyone’s leadership style and how they are going to respond in pressure situations, not only as an individual, but as a team as well.

“Having the ability to do these sort of activities together is a big step towards bringing everyone together.”

Despite last week’s loss to the Sydney Uni Flames, the Fire remain confident that they are on track for their opening round clash with four-time WNBL MVP Suzy Batkovic to return to the line-up, alongside star guards Natasha Cloud and Kelly Wilson.

Batkovic was quick to assure reporters today that she would be 100% fit for the season opener and would take part in the weekend’s activities at Lavarack.

“I’ll be on my hands and knees doing the army crawl,” Batkovic said.

“I think the girls are pretty pumped but I don’t think they really understand what we’re actually doing, so it’s going to be interesting come Saturday.

“It’s going to be fun to get out there in cammos.”

The Fire commence their title defence on Sunday, October 9 with a Grand Final replay against Perth from 1pm.

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