Historical Flyers showdown excites Gorman’s Flames

February 1, 2023 | Sydney Flames news

The last time the Sydney Flames squared off with the Southside Flyers, it was a historical occasion – with a record 2,089 fans attending the Quaycentre clash.

Now this Saturday, the two rivals will again etch their names into the record books once again, being the first-ever WNBL game played at John Cain Arena.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our girls – who doesn’t love to play in front of a big crowd,” Flames coach Shelley Gorman said.


“The atmosphere will be electric and the energy [in the building] will lift the players.

“I know our girls are going to embrace every second of it – I’m really excited for them.”

In terms of the game itself on the court, the Hoops Capital side will head into the round 13 fixture looking to bounce back after losing a nail-biter to Townsville on Sunday.

“The Flyers are a great team, with a lot of depth,” former Australian Opal Gorman said.

“We only played a few weeks ago and despite the circumstances, we only lost by five points – showing we can stick with them.

“I was really proud of the way they played and represented the club that day.

“Since then, we’ve had some time to work on some adjustments and I’m confident we’re going to come out fighting on Saturday.”

The fixture, tipping off at 6.30pm AEDT will also give fans the opportunity to celebrate Australia’s greatest-ever basketballer and current Flyers star Lauren Jackson – with the game being broadcast on 9Now.

After this fixture, the harbour city side returns home, following the FIBA break, to take on the Melbourne Boomers on Sunday, February 19 at Quaycentre – with tickets still available here.