A Townsville Tradition Returns For The Fire v Canberra Clash

December 31, 2021 | Townsville Fire news

Most of us will set some goals or announce spur of the moment resolutions when the clock strikes midnight but the Fire’s fresh approach started when the team returned to training on Monday.  Preparation for tonight’s home game began with Townsville reviewing its first loss of the season. WNBL veteran Micaela Cocks conceded it wasn’t easy watching an 18 point lead evaporate.

“It was just one of those games that you kind of kick yourself afterwards because there were lots of little things that we didn’t do, that kind of led them to get the win.”

The guard acknowledged an hour-long video session showed lackluster defence ultimately led to the visitors downfall against Southside, despite shooting their highest score through the first four rounds.

“It was from the start of the game. We were making some shots and they weren’t, but we were doing the same defensive errors at the beginning of the game that we were doing in the second half. They just made shots in the second half.”

Townsville has spent this week focusing on getting more stops

“The sessions that we’ve had on court have solely been on us and what we need to do.”

Canberra claimed a win under acting coach Kennedy Kereama last week and Townsville coach Shannon Seebohm is wary what that victory would have done for the side’s morale and confidence.

“They’ve got a very good coach in Kennedy and he’s very experienced. He’s coached in the league before and also coached the New Zealand national team for a number of years, so they’re in very good hands.”

Basketball on New Year’s Eve, at the Entertainment Centre, was a Townsville tradition when the Crocs were playing in the NBL and our women want it to return with a bang. In fact, they’re ready to produce some fireworks before the official countdown kicks off and the sky lights up. Seebohm hopes to hear an army of orange supporters shouting their lungs out.

“I think it’s great we get a chance to play here on New Year’s Eve and hopefully we get a really big crowd here.”

Tip-off is at 7pm. Tickets are available.