A Familiar Face Joins the JCU Fire

December 6, 2022 | Townsville Fire news

Kate Gaze started the season sideline commentating the WNBL but injuries to Morgan Yaeger and Zitina Aokuso will see her suit up in Fire colours once again. The 32 year old has signed a short term contract, a deal which ends her brief absence from the WNBL.  It’s the sharp shooter’s third stint with club.


She shouldn’t take too long to get up to speed with team tactics having previously spent 2 seasons playing under current coach Shannon Seebohm at Townsville. The second of first of those campaigns ended in a grand final appearance. Gaze developed strong combinations with the likes of Lauren Nicholson, Lara McSpadden Zitina Aokuso, and Steph Reid, which she hopes to rekindle quickly. The guard already knows the strengths of the new arrivals after covering the JCU Fire’s first four games, from the best seat in the house.

Gaze offers another deadly three-point shooting option alongside import Karlie Samuelson. She also brings bundles of energy, experience and professionalism.  JCU Fire General Manager Sam Pascoe knows fans will love seeing her in orange again.

“She definitely represents what our club culture is about. A committed player that always 100% on the court, but also a positive person off it. She’s a real role model in the community and we look forward to seeing her suit up again. I just don’t know how she’s going to commentate as she’s running down the floor for a lay up.”

Gaze began training with the team this week and will travel to Melbourne for Townsville’s double header in round five. The Fire will play the Boomers on Wednesday night and Southside on Saturday evening. You can catch the action on ESPN and the NINE NOW App.