Time to weather the storm


JCU Townsville Fire coach Claudia Brassard believes her side must weather the storm following the latest injury to the two-time reigning WNBL champions.

During their back-to-back championship wins, the Fire suffered little disruption to their playing group, with Tamara Tatham’s season ending shin injury last year as the only one of any consequence.

Since the start of this season, however, there have been a spate of injuries, with star point guard Kelly Wilson the latest after being ruled out until post-Christmas with a fractured ankle.

“It’s not ideal (to be covering Kelly),” Brassard said.

“We’re pretty happy to be playing Micaela Cocks in the two spot rather than the one spot – she’s such a good shooter and scorer for us – but now she’s going to have to play back-up one for us when Natasha (Cloud) is off the floor.

“That’s ok, she can do that, it just takes away from some of our scoring ability.”

During the Fire’s opening road trip of the season, skipper Suzy Batkovic severely injured her ankle against Dandenong and the four-time WNBL MVP has been nursing the injury in recent weeks.

Front court partner Darcee Garbin has also been also limited with a foot injury, but has been given the green light to increase her work load ahead of this week’s games against Bendigo and Melbourne.

“It’s not an ideal situation to be losing your starting point guard, particularly in this crunch period where we have a lot of games in a short space of time,” Brassard said.

“Look it is a loss – it’s going to hurt there is no doubt – but at the same time it is an opportunity for Natasha to step up in that spot and make it her own.”

The Fire face the Spirit at Bendigo Stadium from 6.30pm on Saturday before meeting the Melbourne Boomers at 2pm on Sunday.

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