In a major signing coup for the Townsville Flames and the QBL, former WNBL superstar and championship winning Fire captain Rachael McCully has been lured out of retirement to pull of the Flames jersey in 2017.
A veteran of 324 WNBL games and two-time WNBL defensive player of the year, McCully will bring a wealth of experience to the young Flames roster and provide leadership from the point guard position. Her championship pedigree and veteran leadership will provide a huge boost to the Flames in 2017 as they seek to bring home a QBL championship for the first time since 2008.
First-year Flames head coach Mike St-Maurice shared his excitement around the addition of McCully to his young and talented roster.
“Rachael is a proven winner; she’s done it at every level she has played at and securing her signature was one of the highest priorities on my agenda for this season. She returns to the program in tremendous physical condition. She not only makes our roster more talented, but her leadership and ability to organise our team is going to be a huge asset this season”.
“Rachael is a player whom our younger athletes can learn from in the way she carries herself at trainings, is vocal and in her ability to hold people accountable to our standards. I am confident that despite being out of the game for nearly two years at the WNBL level that she is going to be one of the premier point guards in the QBL”.
McCully has also expressed her excitement to return to the court in 2017, sharing her passion for the program and helping local juniors attain their goals as developing athletes.
“I’m really excited to be pulling on the Flames uniform again after a few years break.
This is a great program and I’m looking forward to playing & hopefully helping develop some of the young talent coming through the ranks.”
The Flames will kick off their 2017 QBL season in Cairns on Friday April 28th in a blockbuster north conference match-up. Season tickets for all Flames home games will go on sale on Monday 27th February.
About Rachael McCully
Born: 5th April, 1982 (Age 34)
Height: 5’8” (170cm)
Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia
Position: Point Guard