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WNBL Standings
 1. Perth 15-6 
 2. Sydney 14-7 
 3. Townsville 14-7 
 4. Melbourne 12-9 
 5. Adelaide 11-10 
 6. UC Capitals 7-14 
 7. Dandenong 7-14 
 8. Bendigo 4-17 
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Cambage, Melbourne23.1 
 2. Williams, Perth21.3 
 3. Batkovic-B., Towns.20.5 
 4. Taylor, Sydney19.0 
 5. Whitcomb, Perth17.2 
 6. Bishop, Adelaide15.7 
 7. Cumming-B., Dande.15.2 
 8. Laney, Bendigo14.7 
 9. Kunek, Perth14.0 
 10. Seekamp, Adelaide13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Batkovic-B., Towns.10.4 
 2. Cambage, Melbourne10.4 
 3. George, Townsville9.7 
 4. Hamson, Sydney9.7 
 5. Bishop, Adelaide9.2 
 6. Pederson, Dandenong8.2 
 7. Taylor, Sydney7.6 
 8. Purcell, Melbourne7.6 
 9. Richards, Bendigo6.9 
 10. Williams, Perth6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Natalie HURST
  UC Capitals
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Hurst, UC Capitals6.5 
 2. Snell, Sydney5.3 
 3. Ebzery, Sydney5.1 
 4. Seekamp, Adelaide5.0 
 5. Novosel, Adelaide4.7 
 6. OHea, Melbourne4.5 
 7. Wilson, Townsville4.5 
 8. Palau, Dandenong4.5 
 9. Whitcomb, Perth4.3 
 10. Williams, Perth3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Samantha WHITCOMB
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Whitcomb, Perth2.6 
 2. Williams, Perth2.5 
 3. Novosel, Adelaide2.4 
 4. Seekamp, Adelaide2.2 
 5. OHea, Melbourne1.7 
 6. Laney, Bendigo1.6 
 7. Ebzery, Sydney1.6 
 8. Snell, Sydney1.5 
 9. Batkovic-B., Towns.1.5 
 10. Cumming-B., Dande.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jennifer HAMSON
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hamson, Sydney2.5 
 2. Cambage, Melbourne1.4 
 3. Tomlinson, Melbourne1.4 
 4. Mijovic, Dandenong1.2 
 5. Magbegor, UC Capit.1.1 
 6. Batkovic-B., Towns.1.1 
 7. Hamblin, Adelaide1.0 
 8. Planeta, Adelaide1.0 
 9. George, Townsville1.0 
 10. Bishop, Adelaide0.9 
Player of the week

     Suzy Batkovic-Brown
    Season 2017-2018
    All Games
    List of Players
    List of Imports

    Batkovic masterclass clinches Townsvilles third title in four years (Photo: WNBL)

    Townsville Fire 2017-18
    Cayla George
    Laurin Mincy
    Sydney Wiese
    Micaela Cocks
    Suzy Batkovic-Brown
    # Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
    23  George Cayla 192 (6'4'') C 89 Australia
    1  Mincy Laurin 183 (6'0'') SG 92 USA
    24  Wiese Sydney 185 (6'1'') G 95 USA
    32  Cocks Micaela 174 (5'9'') G 86 New Zealand
    8  Batkovic-Brown Suzy 195 (6'5'') C 80 Croatia Australia
    22  Wilson Kelly 170 (5'7'') G 84 Australia
    14  Garbin Darcee 187 (6'2'') F 94 Australia
    21  Whittle Marena 180 (5'11'') G 94 Australia
    10  Murray Mia 184 (6'1'') G 88 Australia
    6  Donnelly Mikhaela 177 (5'10'') F/G 94 Australia
    3  Goodchild Miela 175 (5'9'') G/F 0 Australia
    7  Andrews Haylee 0 (0'0'') 0 Australia
    15  Aokuso Zitina 192 (6'4'') F 98 Australia
    Head Coach: Claudia Brassard
    Coach Assistant: Peter Crawford
    Coach Assistant: Mark Wrobel All-Australian WNBL Awards 2018 - Jan 29, 2018 All-Australian WNBL 1st Team 2018
    Courtney Williams
    Samantha Whitcomb
    Asia Taylor
    Elizabeth Cambage
    Suzy Batkovic-Brown

    Finals MVP: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) of Townsville
    Player of the Year: Courtney Williams (173-G-94) of Perth
    Guard of the Year: Courtney Williams (173-G-94) of Perth
    Forward of the Year: Asia Taylor (188-F-91) of Sydney
    Center of the Year: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) of Townsville
    Domestic Player of the Year: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) of Townsville
    Import Player of the Year: Courtney Williams (173-G-94) of Perth
    Defensive Player of the Year: Kayla Pederson (193-F-89) of Dandenong
    Coach of the Year: Andy Stewart of Perth

    1st Team
    G: Courtney Williams (173-G-94) of Perth
    G/F: Samantha Whitcomb (178-G/F-88) of Perth
    F: Asia Taylor (188-F-91) of Sydney
    C: Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) of Melbourne
    C: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) of Townsville

    2nd Team
    G: Stephanie Cumming-Blicavs (178-G-90) of Dandenong
    G: Nicole Seekamp (178-G-92) of Adelaide
    G/F: Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) of Tarbes
    F: Betnijah Laney (183-F-93) of Bendigo
    C: Abby Bishop (189-C-88) of Adelaide

    Honorable Mention
    Kayla Standish (187-F-89) of Perth
    Belinda Snell (180-SF-81) of Sydney
    Carley Mijovic (196-F/C-94) of Dandenong
    Kayla Pederson (193-F-89) of Dandenong
    Katie-Rae Ebzery (177-SF-90) of Sydney
    Rachel Banham (175-G-93) of Bendigo

    Batkovic masterclass clinches Townsville's third title in four years - Jan 21, 2018

    The JCU Townsville Fire have earned their third Championship in four years following a 70-57 Game 3 victory over the Deakin Melbourne Boomers in the 2017/18 Grand Final series. As was the case throughout the campaign, the Fire were led by Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80), who capped one of the greatest individual WNBL seasons of all time with a game-winning performance. Having already claimed the season MVP, Batkovic was not going to be denied the 2017/18 Championship as she tallied a double-double before half-time while going on to record 28 points on 11-23 shooting, 13 rebounds and three assists. That performance guided Townsville to the trophy and their captain then won a richly deserved Rachael Sporn Grand Final MVP award for her efforts through all three games. Once again, the Boomers struggled to find their shooting range as they hit just 27% from the field and 4-34 (11%) from distance while scoring 18 points below their season average. Brittany Smart (175-G-85, college: Cedarville) (14 points, eight rebounds, three steals), who was the stand-out for Melbourne in Game 3, did get them off to a strong start though, scoring five of the Boomers' first seven points. However, Kelly Wilson (170-G-84) (nine points, five rebounds, three assists in her 350th game) and Batkovic responded with consecutive three-point plays to spark an 8-0 run for Townsville and from there, they were never headed. Batkovic had nine points and six rebounds by quarter-time and she then knocked down the first three baskets of the second term to help Townsville to another 11-0 run which put them firmly in control. The momentum for the home side forced a time-out from Guy Molloy and out of the break, Melbourne finally were able to string a few possessions together as they attacked the Fire's zone defence with some up-tempo ball movement. Batkovic had the answers again though, collecting her double-double midway through the term and ensuring Townsville had an eight-point edge at half-time. Melbourne's second halves had been strong through the series and it looked like deja vu momentarily as they started the third term with an 8-0 run, sparked again by Smart while Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) (18 points, nine boards, two blocks) was integral. A timely three from Mia Murray (184-G-88) (six points, five rebounds) quelled the comeback and then Kalani Purcell (four points, eight boards, one block) fouled Mikhaela Donnelly which sent her to the bench with four personals. From there, the Fire scored the last seven of the third quarter including a three from Batkovic and when Laurin Mincy (183-SG-92, college: Maryland) (11 points) chimed in with five in a row to start the fourth quarter, Townsville were home. Claiming their third Championship in four years, Townsville have equaled the efforts of the Adelaide Lightning from the 1990's and UC Capitals of the early and mid-2000's as the only club to achieve the feat with Batkovic, Murray, Cayla George and Micaela Cocks a part of all three titles.
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    by Greg
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