Historic fixture at Quaycentre excites Froling’s Flames
It may have taken nine games into the WNBL23 season but the Sydney Flames will finally play their first home game at the Quaycentre on Friday.
After playing six of their first seven on the road, including Wednesday’s tight defeat to league-leaders Bendigo, Flames skipper Keely Froling and her side are excited to finally hit the hardwood at their new arena.
“Friday is a game we’ve all been looking forward to since the schedule came out,” Froling said.
“We’re really excited to make a winning start to our new home court, in front of our loyal fans and create a legacy of success for all future Flames sides.”
To achieve that winning start, the Hoops Capital outfit will need to take down the reigning champions, the Melbourne Boomers, who currently sits in second with a 5-1 record.
“There were plenty of positives to take from our loss against Bendigo, including our defence and ability to create open looks for one another, which we will look to build on against Melbourne,” the Townsville product said.
“The Boomers are a talented team though and in second place for a reason, so we know we’ll have to come ready to play and shut down their weapons on the offensive end.”
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Join us for some fun while watching elite women’s basketball with good music from our resident DJ GRAACE, prizes, and meet the players after the game!
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Those weapons Froling alludes to include Australian Opals Cayla George and Kristy Wallace.
A victory against a side of this calibre would give the harbour city side’s finals chances a huge boost.
“Obviously we’ve had a tough start to the season thus far but it’s made us more resilient as a group,” said the 25-year-old.
“We know wins are just around the corner, as we’ve been working hard and improving each and every day on the training court.
“A win on Friday would be a huge boost for the group and prove to everyone that we can compete with the top teams in this competition.”