Garbin chalks up latest milestone

November 7, 2017 | Townsville Fire news

A lot has transpired for Darcee Garbin since arriving at the JCU Townsville Fire.

Widely regarded as one of the nation’s most promising young forwards, Garbin debuted in the WNBL as a teenager in 2011/12 with the AIS.

In their final season in the competition, the AIS registered just two wins and things only marginally improved upon her return ‘home’, with the West Coast Waves tallying a mere nine more over the next three seasons.

An offer to challenge herself in Townsville proved appealing for the power forward, and during her first season in North Queensland, Garbin tasted the ultimate team success as the Fire captured the 2015/16 crown by clean sweeping the Perth Lynx in the Grand Final series.

Fast-forward two seasons and the 23-year-old has established herself as a key pillar on the Fire’s line-up, re-signing over winter until the 2020 season and captaining the Emerging Opals to a gold medal at the World Uni Games.

Lining up against Adelaide at the weekend, Garbin demonstrated her maturity in the competition, registering 14 points and five rebounds in her 150th game in the competition.

“Darcee has really developed into a quality player,” Fire coach Claudia Brassard said.

“She’s always been a great rebounder – particularly on the offensive end – but she has improved her play in the post and her outside shot keeps on getting better and better.

“She brings a lot of intangibles to our team as well. She’s a great teammate, a real sparkplug when it comes to providing energy and her leadership qualities are starting to shine through.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the best of her yet.”

In her past four games, Garbin has recorded double digits against Melbourne, the UC Capitals and Adelaide, reinforcing her reputation as a player on the rise.

The JCU Townsville Fire would like to congratulate Darcee Garbin on her 150th WNBL game.

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