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Teams // Firebirds - ANZ Championship 2008 


 Queensland Firebirds

 
Principal Sponsors: Queensland Health/Queensland Academy of Sport
Home Stadium: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Colours: Maroon, Yellow, Blue
Web: www.firebirds.net.au
 
Threatening the competition, but falling short of Finals glory – that was the story of the Firebirds’ season in 2008, when their seven win-six loss record included a stunning 66-52 defeat of eventual trophy winners the Swifts in Round Six.

Exciting young Jamaican Romelda Aiken averaged almost 38 goals per game, more than any other shooter in the ANZ Championship, achieved 89.9% accuracy and was a thoroughly deserving joint winner of the competition’s 2008 Most Valuable Player award.

Aiken’s spectacular work, the rapid progress of new Australian defender Laura Geitz (42 intercepts), the tenacity of captain Peta Stephens, and English attacker Tamsin Greenway’s versatility all made the Firebirds look like title contenders during the early-to-middle stages of the ANZ Championship. They recorded five consecutive wins between Rounds 3 and 8, including a nine-goal defeat of the Vixens, but five losses from their last six games ended the Firebirds’ hopes of a place in the Finals Series.

The Firebirds had a clear preference for playing at home, losing all but one of their six away games. They finished the round robin competition on level points with Southern Steel, who beat them by two goals in Round 14, but were ranked behind the Firebirds on goal percentage. Responsible for the Swifts’ worst result of the season, the Queensland side also recorded their narrowest loss to the inaugural champions, going down 60-61 in a Round 11 thriller.
 
 AIKEN, Romelda  CROFT, Sophie
 GEITZ, Laura  GREENWAY, Tamsin
 LAWSON, Janelle  MCMENIMAN, Clare
 MORGAN, Joanne  NILLSON, Lara
 NOURSE, Lauren  O'CONNOR, Jenny
 ROONEY, Meegan  STEPHENS, Peta
 TROMPF, Kierra  WALKER, Katie


 ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: Firebirds
 SeasonPositionPlayedWonLostByesGoals ForGoals AgainstDifference%Points
 2009 48 60 -12 80% 
 2008 14 693 645 48 107% 14 


 Firebirds Game History for this Season
       Round   Round Date   Opposition   Result
View Match Detail  Round 1 5/4/2008   »  Fever 48 to 46   +  
View Match Detail  Round 2 12/4/2008   »  Vixens 52 to 62   -  
View Match Detail  Round 3 19/4/2008   »  Pulse 56 to 28   +  
View Match Detail  Round 4 26/4/2008   »  Mystics 46 to 40   +  
View Match Detail  Round 5 3/5/2008   »  Fever 65 to 46   +  
View Match Detail  Round 6 10/5/2008   »  Swifts 66 to 52   +  
View Match Detail  Round 7 17/5/2008       Bye    
View Match Detail  Round 8 24/5/2008   »  Vixens 60 to 51   +  
View Match Detail  Round 9 31/5/2008   »  Thunderbirds 41 to 47   -  
View Match Detail  Round 10 7/6/2008   »  Magic 50 to 56   -  
View Match Detail  Round 11 14/6/2008   »  Swifts 60 to 61   -  
View Match Detail  Round 12 21/6/2008   »  Tactix 50 to 36   +  
View Match Detail  Round 13 28/6/2008   »  Thunderbirds 47 to 66   -  
View Match Detail  Round 14 5/7/2008   »  Steel 52 to 54   -  


 Player Participation in games
  Player  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14  Tot %
 AIKEN, Romelda  1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 93%
 CROFT, Sophie  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7%
 GEITZ, Laura  1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 86%
 GREENWAY, Tamsin  1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 93%
 LAWSON, Janelle  1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 11 79%
 MCMENIMAN, Clare  1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 93%
 MORGAN, Joanne  1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 36%
 NILLSON, Lara  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7%
 NOURSE, Lauren  1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 93%
 ROONEY, Meegan  0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 14%
 STEPHENS, Peta  1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 93%
 TROMPF, Kierra  1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 8 57%
 WALKER, Katie  1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 93%



 
 
 
 
 
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