JCU Townsville Fire championship winner Kate Gaze is relishing her expanded role with the club following the season-ending injury to Tamara Tatham.
With Tatham returning to Canada to continue rehabilitation on her injured left shin, Fire coach Chris Lucas has been forced to shuffle his line-up, with Mia Murray returning to the small forward’s role which has allowed Gaze to spend more time in the back court.
The 25-year-old has made the most of her increased court time with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists at the weekend, hot on the heels of a season-high 12 points against Perth two rounds earlier.
“From around November through to now Gazey has been training the house down and that road trip we did to Perth and Adelaide was a real shining light where she played the way she has been training,” Fire assistant coach Mark Wrobel said.
“There’s no question us as coaches have had the confidence in her to go in there and do that job and now she’s been able to go out and demonstrate that.
“Hopefully that just becomes more consistent and she can be a major factor towards getting us a home final and keeping that trophy in Townsville for another year.”
The Fire will be looking to lean on the combo guard tomorrow night when they host the Sydney Uni Flames in a must-win match at Townsville RSL Stadium from 7pm.
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