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Gold Coast Blaze
Gold Coast Blaze
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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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:04:44 -0700

April 07, 2015: Two young couples have lost everything in a fierce Gold Coast blaze that ripped apart a home. 9NEWS. A Gold Coast couple has lost almost all of their worldly possessions, including tens of thousands of dollars' worth of work equipment ...
New Zealand Herald
Mon, 04 May 2015 17:56:15 -0700

Vukona was a Breakers development player who then went overseas to play for both the Souths Dragons (2008-09) and Gold Coast Blaze (2009-10) before returning to Auckland and helping the Breakers win four championships. Breakers chief executive ...

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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 ...

The Daily Telegraph

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 ...
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 ...


Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:37:30 -0700

That team was rebranded the Gold Coast Rollers after one season but folded in 1996 due to financial issues. That led to 10 years without basketball in the area before the Gold Coast Blaze entered the comp in 2006. The Blaze actually had a decent team ...
Mon, 14 May 2012 18:39:51 -0700

National Basketball League team Gold Coast Blaze has appointed administrators, but hopes the administrators, Aggs Robson Accountants, can conclude negotiations with a potential equity partner. Gold Coast Blaze owner Owen Tomlinson said in a ...
Courier Mail
Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:00:26 -0800

THE Gold Coast Blaze basketall club has been orderd to pay it former coach Brendan Joyce more than $300,000 in damages for breach of contract. One of Australia's most experienced NBL coaches and twice NBL Coach of the Year, Joyce moved to the ...

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