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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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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:48:45 -0700

A TEENAGE girl has been charged over a fire that left a Gold Coast unit block so badly damaged it had to be demolished. FIRE tore through the vacant block at Surfers Paradise on Sunday. A 16-year-old girl has been charged with endangering property by ...

The Roar

Daily Mail
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 21:19:37 -0700

... championship, when former owner Eddy Groves handed back their licence to the NBL following the collapse of his ABC Learning Centres empire. Southeast Queensland has not had a NBL team since the demise of the Gold Coast Blaze three years ago.

The Advertiser

The Advertiser
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 22:03:34 -0700

Chris Goulding was sensational — his head-to-head Saturday against former Gold Coast Blaze running-mate Adam Gibson sure to be a highlight. Saturday: 11.30am, Illawarra Hawks v Sydney Kings; 2pm, Melbourne United v Adelaide 36ers; 5.30, Cairns ...


Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:04:44 -0700

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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 ...

Sky News Australia

Sky News Australia
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:28:57 -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 ...

Herald Sun

Herald Sun
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:02:08 -0700

They include the Brisbane Bears (AFL); Gold Coast-Tweed Giants (league); Gold Coast Blaze (basketball) and Gold Coast United (soccer). All dead, and that's not all. Just this year, the latest NRL venture, the Gold Coast Titans, have been placed in ...

The New Daily

The New Daily
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0700

Gone: Gold Coast Blaze. Photo: Getty. On face value it's a highly-lucrative market, ripe for the picking by any expansionary sporting organisation. Unfortunately, it hasn't quite worked out that way. History shows almost every national sporting code ...

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