Flames to contest inaugural River City Rebound pre-season tournament

October 5, 2023 | Sydney Flames news

The stage is set for an exciting basketball showdown as four Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) teams, including the Sydney Flsmes, gear up for the inaugural River City Rebound – taking place from Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, October 15 .

The tournament will see the Flames, JCU Townsville Fire, Perth Lynx, and Adelaide Lightning take to the Northside Indoor Sports Centre for a thrilling preseason competition.

“Basketball Queensland is excited to be able to support this showcase of talent from one of the world’s top women’s professional leagues – the WNBL,” Basketball Queensland CEO, Josh Pascoe said

“With female participation in basketball growing at exponential rates and women’s sport garnering increased media attention, we feel that this event is critical in highlighting that the basketballers within the WNBL are not just some of the best athletes within in Australia, but around the world too.”


The choice of Brisbane for this event reflects the city’s growing passion for basketball and need for their own WNBL team to support, and who better to host than the Northside Wizards; home to the current NBL1 North Women’s Champions and League MVP Courtney Woods, who is one of the top local SEQ talents plying her trade within the WNBL.

This event is supported by the Queensland Government, who have continued to be a strong advocate of basketball within the state.

Queensland Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the River City Rebound Series is a terrific opportunity to see some of the nation’s best female basketballers in action.

“The Palaszczuk Government has worked closely with Basketball Queensland and the Northside Wizards to bring the River City Rebound Series to life and inspire more women to get involved in the game,” Hincliffe said.

“It’s part of the Government’s commitment to supporting more opportunities for female sport and the infrastructure we know is crucial to encouraging more women to reach their playing potential.”

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The tournament will unfold over four action-packed days, with games scheduled for Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday – with the Flames taking on Perth (8pm AEST), Adelaide (5pm AEST) and Townsville (3pm AEST) on those three respective days.

Basketball enthusiasts nationwide can join in the excitement, as all the games will be live-streamed on Basketball Queensland’s YouTube channel.

Tickets for the River City Rebound are on sale now via INTIX.