Townsville Fire crowned WNBL Champions

March 23, 2023 7:38 am in by
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Townsville Fire celebrate and pose with the trophy after winning the WNBL Championship during game two of the WNBL Grand Final series between Southside Flyers and Townsville Fire at State Basketball Centre, on March 22, 2023, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

The Townsville Fire are bringing the WNBL Championship back to Townsville, after clinching the title with an 82-69 win over the Southside Flyers.

The Fire swept the three-game series in two games and finished the season with an impressive 16-game winning streak.

Tianna Hawkins played a significant role in the team’s Championship campaign, earning the Rachel Sporn Grand Final MVP Award after averaging 19 clutch points, five rebounds and two steals for the series.

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The Grand Final win is the fourth WNBL Championship for the Townsville Fire in nine years.

Captain Lauren Nicholson dedicated the win to the team’s loyal fanbase.

“To our loyal fans, this one for you – we can’t wait to get back to celebrate with you tomorrow,” said Nicholson.

“I’m really proud to be a part of a club that just loves women’s basketball and has built this successful program. Our girls truly are amazing, and should be really proud of this outcome. You worked hard for this, let’s celebrate this one.”