FORMER FIREBIRD: Keirra Massoud (nee Trompf) back her days with the Queensland Firebirds.
FORMER FIREBIRD: Keirra Massoud (nee Trompf) back her days with the Queensland Firebirds.

Retro round reminds Firebirds of lasagne

OPINION - CLEM'S VIEW

THE Firebirds hosted retro round last weekend and it gave us an opportunity to remember some of the pioneers who helped shape the club into what it is today.

Keirra Massoud (nee Trompf) is one that springs immediately to mind.

She spent her whole career with the Firebirds living at Noosa and working as a teacher.

She would work a full day and then drive to Brisbane for every training session.

Her enthusiasm and passion for the purple dress was unparalleled.

She struggled for court time during her early career, before breaking through and winning the 2011 grand final as part of that legendary undefeated Firebirds side.

It was testament to the hard work she put in and her love of the club.

A more recent story was that of a young Laura Geitz and Clare McMeniman, who were fresh out of the Australian Institute of Sport.

They moved into a share house with another girl on the team and were living on two minute noodles.

Katie Walker, one of the senior players, baked them a huge lasagne which fed them for a week.

Clare has made a massive point of passing the tradition down.

When Gabi Simpson, Kim Ravaillion and I came into the team, she had us over for lasagne and sent the leftovers home with us.

She did it again this year for our rookies.

It was great to step out there last week and get a win in front of some of the club's past players against Adelaide Thunderbirds.

We take on the Giants tomorrow night we want the scalp of a top four side.

They defeated the ladder leading Vixens last weekend, but we can take encouragement from our last performance against them when we really let them back into the game.

We're excited to go down to Sydney and leave it all out on court.



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