The Fire poised for opening road trip


JCU Townsville Fire coach Claudia Brassard believes her troops are primed ahead of this week’s opening road trip for the two-time reigning WNBL champions.

Having enjoyed back-to-back wins at Townsville Stadium to commence the season, the Fire face a gruelling double-header against Dandenong and Sydney.

The Rangers, complete with Fire championship winners Steph Cumming, Rosie Fadljevic and Nat Novosel, looked impressive last start as they dismantled Perth, while the Flames are desperate to open their account after two narrow losses.

While Brassard and her coaching staff are preparing for the Flames on Saturday, the team have their eyes solely set on the Rangers and tomorrow night’s WNBL blockbuster.

“It’s been a tradition now that the white team has beaten the starters every game (in the final training session),” Brassard said.

“I guess it has worked for us so far, so let’s see if we can keep (our unbeaten record) going on the weekend.

“It was short and sharp this morning before we get on a plane, but I was happy with that.”

The Rangers looked like two vastly different sides last weekend as they were restricted to just 44 points against Bendigo on Saturday night without a solitary player in double figures before exploding against Perth on Sunday to post 94 points.

Cumming (31 points) and Novosel (15 points) were two of the main protagonists, but it was Fadljevic who Brassard most enjoyed seeing on the floor.

“It’s great to see Rosie playing in the league and she should be playing in the league,” Brassard said.

“I know she played a few games last year and chose to take some time off, but she’s such a hard worker and a good person to have in your group.

“We’re looking forward to playing them all and it should be a good tussle.”

The Fire face the Rangers from 6.30pm tomorrow night before playing the Flames from 6pm on Saturday night.

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