Madgen shifts focus to WNBL

October 4, 2018 | Townsville Fire news

World Cup silver medallist Tess Madgen has returned to Townsville vowing to do everything she can to bring more hardware to the reigning Chemist Warehouse WNBL champions.

Having stood on the dais in Spain at the weekend, Madgen, who was the Fire’s marquee signing during the off-season, is ready to make her WNBL return after a two-year hiatus from the competition.

Prior to her departure, the 28-year-old was widely regarded as one of the competition’s premier combo guards, earning selection in the WNBL All*Star Five and being a consistent scoring threat for the Melbourne Boomers.

Having spent just one week in Townsville before departing to the World Cup, Madgen is ready to make up for lost time and is hoping her arrival in North Queensland can bring further championship success.

“It is quite surreal to have even gone to the World Cup and then to win the silver medal is just the icing on the cake,” Madgen said.

“It gives me huge confidence in my knee knowing that I’m still physically able to compete against the best players in the world.

“You couldn’t ask for a better preparation individually and so now I just need to put that all into place for the Fire.”

Madgen is expected to take part in the Fire’s final pre-season game on Sunday against the under-23 Townsville Heat before making her official debut one week later when the club unveils their 2017/18 championship banner against Dandenong at Townsville Stadium.

“I’ll just see how my body’s recovering and I’ll talk to Claudia (Brassard, head coach), but that’s the plan to play a little bit in that game,” Madgen said.

“I’ll get nice and recovered mentally and physically and then I’ll be raring to go for Townsville.”

The Fire and the Heat face off at Star FM Stadium on Sunday from 3pm.

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