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Gold Coast Blaze
Gold Coast Blaze
Leagues NBL
Founded 2007
Dissolved 2012
Arena The Furnace
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Location Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland
Team colors Light Blue, Orange
Most recent season position NBL, 3rd
Championships 0
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The Gold Coast Blaze was an Australian men's professional basketball team which competed in the National Basketball League (NBL). The Blaze competed in their inaugural season in 2007/08. The club was based on the Gold Coast and joined two other NBL clubs competing from Queensland. The Blaze played its home games at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) in Broadbeach, known as "The Furnace" within the NBL. The team was not related to the previous Gold Coast representative in the NBL, the Gold Coast Rollers.

History[edit]

The first official reports of a new Gold Coast franchise surfaced in September 2006. Former Gold Coast Rollers head coach Dave Claxton spearheaded a bid for a new NBL license for the Gold Coast. On 21 November 2006, the NBL Board officially accepted the bid and announced the addition of a new Gold Coast franchise and reported that the club would compete out of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

At the beginning of 2007 the newly founded Gold Coast franchise held a competition to name the club. The franchise offered four options to choose from including the 'Heat', 'Marlins', 'Flyers' and 'Waves', as well as the ability to suggest another alternative. On 23 February the franchise announced that it would compete under the 'Blaze' moniker. Despite the 'Heat' name being voted the most popular in the naming competition, club officials decided it would be best to steer clear of the name following objections from the NBA, due to the name being held by American franchise the Miami Heat.

Prior to the official naming of the franchise, the Blaze made their first major signing on 18 January in signing former Wollongong Hawks head coach Brendan Joyce as their inaugural head coach. Following this signing, two days later the club signed former West Sydney Razorbacks head coach Mark Watkins as the assistant coach.

On 5 April the Blaze announced the signing of their first player: former West Sydney Razorbacks captain Scott McGregor. On 2 May, Juaquin Hawkins was signed as the first import.

In the 2008–09 season, Shane Heal, the former South Dragons captain/coach joined the team along with Pero Cameron & Casey Frank.

On 17 July 2012, the Gold Coast Blaze owners, Owen and Ben Tomlinson, decided to withdraw their bid to stay in the NBL for the 2012–13 season.[1][2]

Notable former players[edit]

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252 news items

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:30:00 -0800

Factoring in his championship campaign with the Gold Coast Blaze and no player on the court in Cairns will boast the crunch-time experience of the Breakers' captain. Although, Vukona did get a kick out of the description applied when quizzed about his ...
 
ninemsn
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:52:30 -0800

The Gold Coast may be "famous for fun" as the tourism slogan goes, but it's anything but fun for professional sports administrators trying to crack the market in Australia's sixth biggest city. Tuesday's news that the ailing and scandal-hit Gold Coast ...

Yahoo!7 News

Yahoo!7 News
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:45:17 -0800

Boaties on the Gold Coast have been lucky to escape as two houseboats became engulfed by flames at Jacobs Well. The owner of the larger boat, Phil Page, had gone to rescue a mate stranded on the water, when it's thought an electrical fault ignited his ...
 
New Zealand Herald
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:03:45 -0800

Wright, who coached Vukona at the Gold Coast Blaze, agreed with Vickerman's assessment and picked the power forward to again lead his team by example tonight. "If that was a regular season game he'd have probably been on the bench," Wright said.

Mackay Daily Mercury

Mackay Daily Mercury
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:45:00 -0800

The 26-year old Demos has already played an impressive eight seasons in the National Basketball League, three for the Gold Coast Blaze and the last five with the Wollongong Hawks. A renown defender throughout the national competition, Demos' strength ...

The Roar

The Roar
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:33:32 -0800

He then played just four games the next season with Adelaide and then in two seasons with the Gold Coast Blaze, again was largely a benchwarmer averaging 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds. He was given an increased role with the Kings in 2012/13 and ...
 
The Roar
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:15:52 -0800

Despite the Gold Coast Blaze, Taipans, Townsville Crocodiles, Wollongong Hawks, Sydney Kings, Melbourne Tigers and then the 36ers all taking part in the NBL playoffs in the last five years, none have seriously threatened to dethrone the Breakers or ...
 
NEWS.com.au
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:26:15 -0700

THE Gold Coast Blaze National Basketball League franchise is dead. After five years and $12 million shattered owners Owen and Ben Tomlinson last night sensationally closed down the club they created after Basketball Australia stunned the sport by ...
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