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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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Fox Sports

Fox Sports
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:18:45 -0800

Melbourne United and the Wildcats playing at a packed Hisense Arena. Picture: Mark DadswellSource: News Corp Australia. He was on the roster when two of them – Brisbane Bullets and then Gold Coast Blaze – went into liquidation and closed their doors.

The Reporter

The Reporter
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:03:45 -0800

If unsuccessful, the Stars will become the fourth side to fold in south-east Queensland in eight years, following the Brisbane Bullets, Gold Coast Blaze and Logan Thunder, and the second WNBL club in the region to withdraw from the competition in three ...

Gold Coast Bulletin

Gold Coast Bulletin
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:52:30 -0800

The Stars have followed the likes of the Brisbane Bullets, Gold Coast Blaze and Logan Thunder to become the fourth basketball team to fold in the region in eight years. It is also the second WNBL team to collapse in four years after the AIS vanished at ...

The Advertiser

The Advertiser
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:00:00 -0800

Jamar Wilson, the 36ers' MVP import last season, added his support of Randle's sentiments, as did Ayinde Ubaka, who played for Wright at Gold Coast Blaze before stints in Cairns, Melbourne and Wollongong. “Since my professional career, I've lost the ...

The Advertiser

The Advertiser
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:30:00 -0800

A year later, he was plying his trade for current 36ers coach Joey Wright at Gold Coast Blaze and currently he is captain of a Sydney Kings outfit which in November inflicted Adelaide's heftiest loss of the season, a 22-point pistol-whipping. Last week ...

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 ...

Gold Coast Bulletin

Gold Coast Bulletin
Thu, 28 May 2015 07:04:54 -0700

Former Gold Coast Blaze manager Big Joe Tertzakian has lost an amazing 123kg after undergoing life-changing surgery. The likable Big Joe, as he is known in basketball circles, wants to lose another 20-plus kilos to reach his target weight of less than ...

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