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Gold Coast Blaze
Gold Coast Blaze
Leagues NBL
Founded 2007
Dissolved 2012
Arena The Furnace
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Location Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland
Team colors Light Blue, Orange
Most recent season position NBL, 3rd
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]

Notable former players[edit]


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330 news items

The Queensland Times
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:12:49 -0800

Having worked with the Brisbane Bullets, Gold Coast Blaze and overseas has given Big Joe a vast range of operational experience. But he's also realistic about what needs to happen in Ipswich, starting his work midway through some existing junior and ...
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 ...
Herald Sun
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 07:27:17 -0800

Just two months after signing his first NBL contract with the Gold Coast Blaze in 2010 as a 19-year- old, Cadee was involved in a horrific accident on Sydney's M7 motorway that left him with a broken pelvis. “I have no idea how I got out of it alive ...


Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:42:34 -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 ...
Courier Mail
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:02:26 -0700

“It's been extremely difficult personally, especially after 12 years in the league with the Bullets and the (Gold Coast) Blaze, that's why when the opportunity came up to host this thing, I jumped it at hard.” The NBL pre-season tournament was held in ...
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:12:09 -0700

THE future of the Gold Coast Blaze will not be decided until at least today after the club's owners sent an emergency after-deadline submission to Basketball Australia to consider late last night. In a tumultuous day of high drama, which saw the ...

Perth Now

Perth Now
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:09:32 -0800

Darling is still in recovery from end-of-season foot surgery and will follow a specialised training schedule until Christmas. His recovery is understood to be slower than the Eagles had hoped. Top Eagles are also facing a strict assessment of their ...


Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:13:22 -0800

Majok was drafted from the University of Connecticut after attending high school in both Sydney and the American International School in Carlingford where he graduated in 2008. He also spent some time with the Perth Wildcats and the Gold Coast Blaze in ...

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