Townsville star has Fire in her belly
WHEN you are a five-time WNBL Most Valuable Player, a four-time WNBL championship winner and a three-time Olympian, there is a good chance you are a straight shooter.
So Suzy Batkovic’s response to a question at the WNBL season launch was no surprise.
The Townsville Fire star was asked who is the team to beat for the 2017-18 title.
Her emphatic answer – “us’’.
The Fire claimed back-toback WNBL crowns in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons after making the grand final in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
They were in the unaccustomed position of watching last season’s decider when Sydney Uni beat the Dandenong Rangers in the showpiece series.
The Fire begin their campaign against Melbourne on October 7 and Batkovic said expectations were high in Townsville.
“I’m a little bit greedy when it comes to championships. You are always playing to win,’’ Batkovic said.
“We’ve got a really good culture at our club. We are all on the same page.
“We have definitely recruited well, we’ve got great depth.
“At training at the moment, it’s tough. Everyone is fighting for court time which is going to make us better.’’
Townsville have put together a powerful roster with Cayla George returning from the WNBA and Australian under-19 representative Zitina Aokuso joining George and Batkovic in the front court.
BULLISH: Suzy Batkovic.