JCU Townsville Fire forward Cherie Gallagher will become just the eight player to 100 games on Sunday when she lines up against the University of Canberra Capitals.
Recruited from the Adelaide Lightning in 2007/08, Gallagher is now in her third stint with the Fire after taking two separate breaks following the birth of her children, Bohdi and Edee.
The veteran forward’s savvy play has always endeared her to head coach Chris Lucas, who had no hesitation upon calling on her to assist with the Fire’s championship defence.
“I’m very proud of Chez,” Lucas said.
“She’s done a great job – I coached her first in Adelaide – she then came up here and made a life for herself up here and she’s a special person and a special athlete.
“It’s a great achievement for her and she’s enjoying her basketball as a mother and I think it’s fantastic.”
Following in the footsteps on the club’s biggest names, Gallagher is also poised to chalk up 200 career Wattle Valley WNBL games later this season but is taking it all in her stride.
“My 100 games for the Fire have been in and out – two kids in between – so it’s a very good honour to be able to reach that milestone for the club,” Gallagher said.
“Obviously my kids and family come first for me, which was the main thing when I signed back with the Fire, but it’s actually fitting in really well.
“The kids are great, they love coming out to training, and the coaching staff and all the players are so supportive.”
The Fire play the SEQ Stars on Friday night before backing up against the Capitals in Gallagher’s milestone game from midday on Sunday.
Most games played for the Fire
Rachael McCully 228
Tania Baxter 131
Aneka Davis 122
Micaela Cocks 109*
Claudia Brassard 106
Rohanee Cox 103
Mia Murray 101*
Cherie Gallagher 98*