The Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames will look to make their mark on and off the court this Saturday night as they take on the fourth placed Townsville Fire at 7pm at the Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre (SUSAC) as part of the WNBL’s Ovarian Cancer Australia Teal Ribbon Round.
The Flames (6-14) will turn their attention to the Fire (11-8) after a weekend that contained a disappointing 18 point loss to Bendigo followed by a brilliant 14 point win over Bulleen.
The key to victory for Sydney Uni will be dominating the boards and winning at the defensive end of the court.
Townsville’s strengths lie with their two imports, Kayla Standish and Jessica Adair. Adair has been particularly impressive, and her size will pose some problems for the Flames. Tayla Roberts and Ellyce Ironmonger will be given the important job of keeping her quiet.
The Fire also possess some lethal three-point shooters in Foley, Newley and Cocks. The Flames guards will need to do a job defensively on them if the girls from Sydney are to come away with a win.
Flames guards Alicia Poto and Katie Rae Ebzery have been in good form and the team will be looking at them to control the tempo of the game, as well as providing on court leadership.
Coming off a 22 point game against Bulleen on Sunday afternoon Rohanee Cox will look to extend her purple patch of form.
Sarah Graham continues to improve weekly after returning from serious injury and she has added great depth to the Flames rotation as well as hitting some big three’s, while Flames US import April Sykes will be a difficult assignment for the Fire with her ability to score both inside and from three-point range. If she can continue her rebounding form that she showed against Bulleen the Flames will be well on their way to another upset victory.
February is the national Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and off the court Flames are doing all they can to support the WNBL’s Ovarian Cancer Australia Teal Ribbon Round.
The Flames are giving away five double GA passes to Ovarian Cancer Australia. The girls have also organised a game day High Tea, while Virgin Mobile will provide an ice-cream van for the night. A gold coin donation will allow Flames supporters to participate in High Tea or purchase an ice-cream with all proceeds donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia.
Tickets are on sale from 6pm on the night.
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