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Gold Coast Blaze
Gold Coast Blaze
Leagues NBL
Founded 2007
Dissolved 2012
Location The Furnace
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland
Most recent season position NBL, 3rd
Championships 0

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]

Notable former players[edit]


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6 news items

Herald Sun
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:22:30 -0700

While the recent loss of WNBL club Logan Thunder, in addition to the absence of Gold Coast Blaze and Brisbane Bullets as NBL entities, leaves south-east Queensland without an elite-level presence, the other bids are further advanced. “The second team ...
Courier Mail
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:26:15 -0700

The Thunder have become the third southeast Queensland basketball team to fold in six years after the loss of the Brisbane Bullets and Gold Coast Blaze, and they are the second WNBL team to collapse in two years after the AIS vanished at the end of the ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:01:05 -0700

The Thunder are the third south-east Queensland team to fold in recent years after the demise of NBL clubs Brisbane Bullets and Gold Coast Blaze. "I can't really explain how there's no support in Brisbane for a top-level team,'' Jackson said. "It's ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Sun, 06 Apr 2014 03:55:47 -0700

Despite a serious Achilles injury in 2010, and former employees Gold Coast Blaze, West Sydney Razorbacks and Brisbane Bullets going bust, Petrie never lost faith he could climb the NBL summit. The 36ers are outsiders against a rampant Perth outfit ...
Herald Sun
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:50:38 -0700

After the Bullets folded, Wright landed at the Gold Coast Blaze. The pair reunited with Wright signing Goulding — who spent a season with the Perth Wildcats. At Gold Coast, Gouding continued to develop behind the likes of James Harvey and Adam Gibson.
A Stern Warning (blog)
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:48:38 -0700

This game provided us with the first look at most of the Kings' new men, being Darnell Lazare (import), Corin Henry (import), Kevin Smith (NZ naturalised), Ian Crosswhite (ex-Cairns Taipans) and James Harvey (ex-Gold Coast Blaze). The only signed squad ...

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