Townsville holds fire on trip
Canberra's Brigitte Ardossi appears to trip Townsville's Rachael Flanagan. Photo: Rohan Thomson
TOWNSVILLE FIRE will wait until early in the week before deciding whether to take further action over an incident involving guard Rachael Flanagan and Canberra star Brigitte Ardossi on Friday night.
Ardossi was slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul after referees ruled she deliberately tripped Flanagan during the final quarter of the Capitals' 76-68 victory at AIS Arena.
Townsville also played in Sydney on Saturday night, and a Fire source said the club would ''probably sit down on Monday and have a look at it on the game tape'' before deciding whether to lodge a report.
Flanagan and the Fire were unhappy with the incident post-match, but were preoccupied with the second leg of their road trip in Sydney on Saturday night.
A club reporting an opposition player is very rare in the WNBL.
The fourth-placed Fire is almost certain to play finals, and may opt to move on and concentrate its energies on a strong finish to the season.
A Basketball Australia spokesman said all matches are reviewed after the round by the referees manager, and referees include any incidents they determine worthy of review in their report.
Unsportsmanlike fouls are not automatically reviewed, but the referees manager conducts a full review of each round of games to determine if any incidents are worthy of further investigation.
Canberra declined to comment on Saturday.
The win was a welcome return to form for the Capitals after they had won just one game - against lowly West Coast - in their previous 12 fixtures.
''That's been coming over the last little bit, we've been playing some pretty good stuff,'' Capitals skipper Jess Bibby said.
''Townsville are a team we've struggled against in recent years. We showed what this group is capable of when we play for 40 minutes.
''With the type of talent this team has, they're the type of wins we expect to get.''
The Capitals face a tough road trip against competition leader Bendigo and arch-rival Bulleen next weekend, before completing their season at home against West Coast the following week.