Birthday Girl’s Gift is a WNBL Debut

December 18, 2021 | Townsville Fire news

Birthday Girl’s Gift is a WNBL Debut

Fire import Sug Sutton turned twenty-three yesterday and she couldn’t be happier with her belated birthday present. The point guard has been cleared to make her WNBL debut in the club’s first home game of the season tonight, after overcoming a knee injury she suffered last week, in the lead up to Townsville’s win over Adelaide.

Fire Co-captain Mia Murray can’t wait to see the facilitator in action.

“She looks really hungry, which is exciting, she brings her own style, she can create for herself and others.”

Townsville coach Shannon Seebohm expects the American to have a big impact against Sydney, even if it’s from the bench.

“We haven’t deiced whether she’ll start or not but she’s definitely going to be playing and we’re excited for our fans to see her play.”

Shyla Heal played a major part in Townsville’s charge to the grand final last year but our women will look to limit her influence tonight’s contest, when she lines up for the Flames. The host’s coach concedes that’s easier said than done.

“It’s one thing to know how to stop her it’s another thing to actually do it. And she’ll certainly be coming out with a point to prove against us and she’ll want to put on a show and its it’s our job to try and stop that.”

Mia Murray doubts trash talking her former teammate is the right tactics.

“She’s an absolute baller and she can go off. I think Shyla would actually get motivated by that I know her dad used to.”

Fire fans will try to do their best to put all of Sydney’s shooters off as they look to turn Townsville’s new home at the Entertainment Centre into a graveyard for travelling teams.

A crowd of around 2,000 is anticipated at the Fire Pit.

Tickets for the game are still available.

Tip-off is at six-thirty.