Gold Coast Blaze

Country Australia Australia
City Queensland
Founded 2007
Website blazegc.com.au

The Gold Coast Blaze is a professional Australian basketball team that takes part in National Basketball League (NBL) of Australia. The 2007/08 season was their debut season in the National Basketball League. David Claxton is the chief executive of the club. The Blaze team is not associated with the Gold Coast Rollers which is the previous Gold Coast representative in the NBL.

Currently James Harvey is the main captain of the team and Scott McGregor is the substitute captain of the team. Aqua, Yellow and White are the teams official colors.

In September 2006 the first official reports regarding a new Gold Coast franchise appeared. Dave Claxton who was the former Gold Coast Rollers head coach was in the forefront of a new NBL license for the Gold Coast. The NBL board officially agreed to the bid on 21 November 2006 and declared that a new Gold Coast franchise was added and that this team would compete out of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center. On 23 February 2006 it was announced the teams official name as the Gold Coast Blaze.

On 18 January before the franchise was officially named the Blaze signed Brendan Joyce who was the Wollongong Hawks head coach as the inaugural head coach. Within two days of this signing the club signed Mark Watkins who was the former West Sydney Razorbacks head coach as the assistant coach.

The Blaze made their first international player signing on April 5th 2006. Scott McGregor who was the former West Sydney Razorbacks skipper and Juaquin “Hawk” Hawkins who was the former Houston Rockets NBA player were made a part of the team.

The Blaze play all their home games at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. It has a maximum capacity 6,000. The current notable players in the team are James Harvey, Luke Whitehead, Scott McGregor, Pero Cameron and Shane Heal.

In the 2008 NBL season the team is currently placed at the 8th position with 15 wins.

Major achievements

Qualified for the National Basketball League (NBL) in the debut season (2007)

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