The JCU Townsville Fire have been nominated as a finalist at the 2016 Queensland Sport Awards.
For a successive year, the Fire – the two-time reigning WNBL champions – were short-listed in the Team of the Year category.
Having missed out to the North Queensland Cowboys in 2015, the Fire were upstaged by the 4 x 100m Olympic women’s freestyle team.
After completing the home-and-away season in first place, the Fire suffered a setback in the major semi-final when they coughed up home court advantage to the Perth Lynx.
Needing to qualify through a cut-throat Preliminary Final against SEQ, the Fire delivered in front of their home fans to return to their fourth straight championship decider.
With the WNBL staging a best-of-three Grand Final format for the first time, the Fire were forced to travel to Perth for the series opener and upset the Lynx 73-57.
They then successfully defended their crown in front of a sell-out home crowd, 80-70.
“We’re extremely proud of our ongoing success,” Fire General Manager Richard Goodbody.
“To play in four straight Grand Finals – including back-to-back titles – is exceptional in any league across the world let alone one that is as competitive as the WNBL.
“We are doing everything we can to gun for a third straight title this year.”
The Team of the Year finalists were: