McCully returns for Mackay Pride


The JCU Townsville Fire’s games record holder, Rachael McCully, is coming out of retirement for Saturday night’s Mackay Pride WNBL Spectacular.

During a decorated playing career, McCully, who retired after leading the Fire to their inaugural WNBL championship in her 228th and final game for the club, will suit-up against the Sydney Uni Flames at McDonald’s Mackay Stadium.

With former Opals teammate Kelly Wilson still recovering from a shoulder injury and Natasha Cloud concluding her WNBA commitments with Washington, McCully has been coaxed out of retirement for the pre-season clash and is looking forward to returning to the floor.

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“I can assure you that this is a one-off return but I’m genuinely looking forward to the game,” McCully said.

“I really enjoyed my time playing in Mackay and it’s great that the Fire is able to bring the WNBL to the city.

“It should be a great weekend and hopefully we have a full-house for the encounter including plenty of travelling Fire fans.”

With the Fire still integrating personnel into their program, McCully has been a regular on the floor for head coach Claudia Brassard and has looked impressive after a year out of the game.

During that time, the two-time WNBL Defensive Player of the Year has given birth to a daughter, Mila, but has lost none of her touch.

Brassard said she was grateful to be able to call upon a player of McCully’s experience.

“She’s a class act,” Brassard said.

“While she may have sat out last season, she looks as sharp as ever and hasn’t missed a beat at training.

“I’m looking forward to seeing her in a Fire singlet again.”

The Fire host the Flames from 7pm on Saturday night in their one and only official pre-season game.

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