Suzy Batkovic is in form for the Townsville Fire.
Suzy Batkovic is in form for the Townsville Fire. Michael Dodge

Flames ready for tough battle with Fire

THE Sydney Uni Flames have flown north to take on a team bent on revenge and still smarting from missing a spot in last season's WNBL Grand Final series.

Coach Cheryl Chambers says the round three clash with Townsville Fire on Thursday night will be the defending WNBL champions' toughest of the new season.

"They are big and they are very good,” said Chambers, whose side beat Townsville in the semi-final series before going on to win last season's league crown.

"It's going to be a hard game.”

The Flames beat Dandenong in their grand final rematch last round but Townsville in the semi-final rematch on their home court is a tough ask.

The Sydney Uni Flames arrive in Townsville just as former Opal and multiple MVP award winner Suzy Batkovic finds top form.

Batkovic notched a double-double against the Canberra Capitals last round in one of the best performances in the league.

The side has also been bolstered by the signing of Cayla George who is also making a big impact for the team, leading the league for rebounds with an average of 15 per game.

The Flames head into the match with a 2-1 win/loss record, while Townsville sit on top of the league ladder with an unblemished record for their opening two games of the season.