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Gold Coast Blaze
Gold Coast Blaze logo
Leagues NBL
Founded 2007
Dissolved 2012
History Gold Coast Blaze
Arena The Furnace
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Arena Capacity 5,269
Location Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland
Team colors Light Blue, Orange
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.


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]

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The Mercury

The Mercury
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 07:00:25 -0700

Shane Heal playing for the Gold Coast Blaze. Heal has represented Australia at four Olympics, had two stints in the NBA and dominated the NBL, and Stewart revealed that the 45-year-old wants to come and play a game for the Chargers this season.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 01:20:59 -0700

Petrie, 33, is a veteran of the NBL, having had stints with the West Sydney Razorbacks, Gold Coast Blaze and most recently the Adelaide 36ers. The 203-centimetre forward has played 151 NBL games in a row, the second-longest streak in the competition.

NT News

NT News
Sun, 17 Apr 2016 23:43:41 -0700

Tertzakian was in a similar role between 1999 and 2012 with NBL clubs Brisbane Bullets and Gold Coast Blaze, where Wright also coached. Tertzakian was linked with a position at the reformed Bullets, but nothing eventuated. “I'm very excited. I was ...

Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:50:17 -0700

"That was a major part of my decision to be honest," Garlepp said. "Shaun's a great player, but he's also a good friend. We played together initially at the Gold Coast Blaze, and then again at Sydney. We gel really well on the court so I think that ...

Courier Mail

Courier Mail
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:37:30 -0700

Brisbane Bullets signing Adam Gibson is keen to captain the club. After stints with the South Dragons, Gold Coast Blaze and Adelaide 36ers, he has returned to his basketball home. Gibson would be happy to carry the extra weight of leadership after ...

Yahoo!7 News

Yahoo!7 News
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:28:43 -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 ...


Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:38:35 -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 ...

Courier Mail

Courier Mail
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:58:14 -0700

IF Gold Coast Blaze needed any convincing about sacking import Mike English, the player himself provided the final compelling reason. English was released after fouling out while going scoreless in Gold Coast's season-opening home loss to the New ...

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