Mia Murray reaches Fire milestone

October 12, 2017 | Townsville Fire news

Dual championship winner Mia Murray is poised to become just the third player in club history to reach 150 games tomorrow night when the JCU Townsville Fire host the UC Capitals in their season opener.

Having been prized away from Adelaide in 2011 when the Fire were rebuilding, the 29-year-old has played a pivotal role in the North Queensland dynasty, failing to miss the post-season since her arrival including four successive Grand Final appearances and back-to-back championships.

Murray’s reputation as a big-game player was further enhanced in the finals, with the Rachael Sporn Medal in the 2014/15 Grand Final the crowning achievement in her career to date.

“I’m really proud to play 150 games for the Fire,” Murray said.

“I’m just as exited to play in front of our fans on Friday night as I was for game one.

“Anytime we play in front of our home fans is exciting – and this game is a little bit special – so it will be nice to acknowledge it with them.”

Murray joins championship-winning teammates Rachael McCully (228) and Micaela Cocks (158*) as the sole members of the 150 club, with the latter by her side for all seven seasons with the Fire.

During her time in Townsville, Murray has climbed into the top-10 in a raft of categories including three-point makes (first), assists (second), points (fourth), blocks (fourth), steals (fifth) and rebounds (ninth).

“I just love the club,” Murray said.

“It means so much to me. We’ve had so much success and I feel really proud to be part of that and I’ve played with some amazing Australian players and some brilliant imports.

“It’s not only on the work on the court, it’s the work off the court that I feel proud of.

“We’re recognised in the community – we do a lot of stuff with schools and children – so yeah, I’m really proud to wear the singlet and continue to do so.”

Her ascension to the leadership group was an easy decision for the Fire, with Murray revered amongst the playing group for being the ultimate teammate.

Her standing within the club has been recognised with a host of accomplishments including the past three Players’ Player Award, as well as the Coach’s Award in 2016/17.

“Mia is a special player and a special person,” Fire head coach Claudia Brassard.

“You can’t measure her impact by the box scores alone.

“She is the glue of our team – she’s always pulling the group together – and she continues to take her game to new levels.

“Any club would be lucky to have her.”

The Fire host the Capitals from 7pm on Friday night.

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