JCU Townsville Fire vice-captain Mia Murray will play her 250th WNBL game on Saturday night when she lines up against the Adelaide Lightning.
Having grown up idolising the Lightning, the dual championship winner, who has made her mark in North Queensland, will bring up her milestone game in front of her family and friends – just like her WNBL debut in 2006 – in a serendipitous occasion.
“I’ll always remember my first game” Murray said.
“It was for the AIS and it was actually in Adelaide, against the Adelaide Lightning, and growing up it was against the club I always wanted to play for.
“And being able to play against some of those girls there – in front of my family – was pretty exciting but I just can’t go past the two championships that I have been a part of up here.”
Having spent two seasons at the AIS, Murray returned to the Lightning before following Chris Lucas north when he was appointed coach of the Fire in 2011/12.
During Lucas’ time at the helm, Murray played in five consecutive finals campaigns, including four straight Grand Finals and back-to-back championships.
The small forward proving instrumental in the Fire’s maiden championship win en route to being named the Rachael Sporn Medalist for the Grand Final MVP.
“I’m very proud to have played in the league this long.”
“Especially with all the success that I have been a part of with the Townsville Fire.
“Each game I still get nervous and excited for and the fire is still in the belly.”
Murray and the Fire will need to tackle Perth first on Friday night before turning their attention to the Lightning on Saturday with a short turn around.