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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.

History[edit]

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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Yahoo!7 News

Yahoo!7 News
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 ...
 
Long Beach Press Telegram
Sun, 04 Jan 2015 17:18:45 -0800

Juaquin Hawkins coaches his youth basketball team during practice at American Sports Center in Anaheimrecently. Hawkins, a former LBSU basketball player who has played on several professional and minor league teams, suffered a stroke while playing ...

Perth Now

Perth Now
Sat, 17 Jan 2015 07:56:15 -0800

Friday night's loss to Adelaide not only saw Perth post its highest score of the season (102) but concede the most points (106) in a game under Gleeson and the most any team has hit against the Wildcats since the Gold Coast Blaze scored 107 in November ...

The Roar

The Roar
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:19:40 -0800

That 106 points was the biggest score conceded by the Wildcats since the Gold Coast Blaze hit 107 points against them on November 12, 2011. Gleeson hopes that his team's defence is vastly improved at home to Melbourne, and on the road to Townsville, ...

The Roar

The Roar
Sat, 03 Jan 2015 10:33:45 -0800

... in some fascinating one-on-one battles over the years as well whether Martin has been playing with the West Sydney Razorbacks, Sydney Spirit or Perth Wildcats, or Gibson with the Brisbane Bullets, South Dragons, Gold Coast Blaze or Adelaide 36ers.
 
NEWS.com.au
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 ...
 
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 ...

Sportal.com.au

Sportal.com.au
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 ...
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