Batkovic burns for further success

August 18, 2017 | Townsville Fire news
JCU Townsville Fire captain Suzy Batkovic remains unapologetic about her desire to taste further championship success. On the eve of her 16th WNBL season, the league’s most dominant force, who won a record-breaking fifth MVP title last season, is intent on bringing the trophy back to North Queensland. Having maintained her touch by playing for Newcastle over the off-season, Batkovic has already been putting in the hard yards at the JCUSA Gym, working closely with the Fire’s strength and conditioning coach, Brent Goriss, ahead of the official start of pre-season. “When it comes to winning, I’m the first to put my hand up in the air and say that I’m greedy,” Batkovic said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to win four WNBL championships – and another four in Europe – but I want more. “We’ve become accustomed to success at the Fire and it was a strange feeling bowing out in the semi-finals last season. “Make no mistake, we want that trophy back in Townsville.” Having fallen short in their bid for a three-peat, the Fire have been active in the free agency, turning over a handful of players and re-signing Cayla George. The dual championship winner, who spent last season playing in Hungary, looms as a pivotal recruit, providing the Fire with a formidable front court that includes Batkovic and rising star, Darcee Garbin. “Cayla’s return makes a huge difference to our line-up,” Batkovic said. “She’s a proven winner and she seems to compliment the other pieces that we have, but I’m also excited by the new additions we have recruited. “It’s a strong looking squad on paper.” The Fire commence their WNBL campaign against Melbourne on October 5 before hosting the UC Capitals on October 13. They hope to announce two pre-season fixtures in the near future. Click here to become a member of the JCU Townsville Fire.