Flames’ schedule for WNBL23 season revealed

September 2, 2022 | Sydney Flames news

A bumper WNBL season awaits Sydney Flames fans following the 2022-23 schedule release. 

Your Sydney Flames have been reinvigorated with a new look, new logo and a new home at the Quaycentre. 

The Quaycentre is a 4500-seat multi-purpose indoor sport and entertainment venue located within Australia’s sporting capital, Sydney Olympic Park. It will be one of the venues for the FIBA Women’s World Cup. 


Aside from the home games at the Quaycentre, the Flames’ schedule also features four home double-headers with the Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena on December 4 (Bendigo), December 30 (Canberra), January 15 (Townsville) and January 29 (Townsville). 

This quartet of blockbusters will be complemented the six exciting clashes at the Quaycentre, including games against Melbourne (December 16), Canberra (December 23), Southside (January 18), Perth (January 21), Melbourne (February 19) and Adelaide (February 24) – with the majority of them falling in the summer school holidays. 


All this and an exciting new squad have Flames head coach Shane Heal pumped for the season ahead. 

 “I can’t wait to get things rolling for the WNBL 2022-23 season,” Heal said. 

“We have a young, rebuilding team, with the majority of the squad aged between 20-27 years.” 

Spearheading that group will be returning stars Keely Froling, Shyla Heal, Kalani Purcell and Kiera Rowe, as well as new imports Jocelyn Willoughby and Hannah Sjerven.

Willoughby recently wrapped up a WNBA finals campaign with the New York Liberty and Sjerven spent time with the Minnesota Lynx. 

 “The foundations were laid last year with Keely, Shyla, Kalani and Kiera having to carry the team through an injury-ravaged season,” said Heal, who is entering his second season with the Flames. 

“I’m excited to have two young American stars added to our team, both will have long WNBA careers, and both will play valuable roles for the Flames.  

“On top of that, the addition of young Perth wing Emma Clarke, Tiana Mangakahia and Sydney local Vanessa Panousis ensure we have some depth and firepower from the perimeter.  

 “Our team will be fit and defensively minded as we look to make the playoffs for the first time in seven years.” 

Rounding out the Flames’ schedule will be road games against Bendigo (November 12), Perth (November 16), Adelaide (November 19), Southside (December 1), Canberra (December 10), Bendigo (December 14), Perth (January 7), Adelaide (January 12), Southside (February 4), Townsville (February 26) and Melbourne (March 5). 

Before the campaign tips off, Heal’s squad will into their pre-season training at their new practice facility, Auburn PCYC, from mid-September. 

“Having a great pre-season will be critical as we play six of our first seven games on the road,” Heal said. 

“It’s a challenge we have been working for and will be ready to face head-on. 

“I can’t wait to get the entire team together at our new training facility as we take the entire program to a different level than seen in the past.” 

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