February 27, 2024 | Townsville Fire news

Ask any Fire player past or present and they’ll tell you Townsville’s supporters are the best in the WNBL. Zitina Aokuso thrives in the electric atmosphere created at home games, even though it can get a little tricky talking team tactics.

“Oh yeah absolutely its loud! Sometimes in time outs we can’t even hear what our coach Shannon is saying because the crowd’s just getting amongst it. But that’s why I love Townsville and why I have stayed here so long. The community gets behind us a lot and especially in the finals, and it’s exciting.”

The orange army secured extra troops for last year’s finals series. Reinforcements which helped the club set a new attendance record at the Fire Pit. And the Players did their bit by winning with authority. Impressive displays which persuaded casual fans to become regulars this season, and Aokuso’s excited to see more first-time spectators turn up and get hooked.

“Yeah we’ve got some fresh faces for sure, obviously winning the championship helped a lot Hopefully we can do it again.”

Z’s family members have been following the Fire since she donned the singlet as a teenager, travelling from Brisbane to Townsville as much as possible to watch her play in the flesh. Their presence provides the centre extra inspiration, with the big immediately motivated by unbridled passion projected from the stands, which only increases in the playoffs.

“Absolutely they’ll be wearing matching t shirts with their signs and yeah, it’ll be cool.

Yeah they come up a lot, my family have been a very good support system for me and I’m really grateful that they are so close and can come and see me play.

Bring on a capacity crowd for Thursday night’s first semi final against Perth at the Fire Pit.

Corporate areas and boxes are all but sold out, while most members have now snapped up their seats. Tickets to the clash are still available but they’re going fast. Be sure to purchase yours and help play your part in the reigning champions bid for back-to-back titles.

Tickets are on sale now for game 1 of the Semi Finals at the Fire Pit, get your ticket today