Flames at last have full complement of players
BASKETBALL: For the first time in 150 days, Sydney Uni Flames coach Cheryl Chambers is spoiled for choice.
The victim of one of the worst injury hoodoos in Australian sport this year, Chambers has for the first time this WNBL campaign the luxury of 10 fit and healthy players.
In an extraordinary run of mishaps, six of the Flames' main 10 have been sent to the sidelines for a minimum of three games - and in one case the entire season.
Four of the current starting five have all been benched this season with injury and of the four who have been available for every game - Leilani Mitchell, Alex Wilson, Carly Boag and Sarah Graham - Wilson and Boag have had to leave the court at different times with game injuries.
"Fingers crossed, touch wood and all that, nothing happens from now on," Chambers said. "It's been a test that's for sure."
The Flames have secured a spot in the WNBL playoffs with three rounds of the regular season remaining.
They defeated Canberra 77-75 on Thursday and Townsville Fire 76-75 on Saturday after former Opal Suzy Batkovic missed two free throws in the dying seconds.
The Flames are hoping to become the first Sydney team since 2000-01 to win a WNBL crown.
INJURY BIG HITS
Lauren Nicholson: Fractured tibia in pre-season - six weeks
Tahlia Tupaea: Broken foot requiring surgery in pre-season - three months
Hayley Moffatt: ACL requiring surgery - season
Jen Hamson: Metatarsal injury - three weeks
Asia Taylor: Two separate concussions - three games
Belinda Snell: Medial ligament - six weeks
Lauren Nicholson: Foot injury - four weeks