1980 NBL season

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1980 NBL season
League National Basketball League
Sport Basketball
Duration 2 February 1980 – 8 June 1980
14 June 1980 (Semi–Finals)
15 June 1980 (Grand Final)
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s)
NBL season
Top seed St. Kilda Saints
Season MVP Mike Jones
Finals
Champions St. Kilda Saints
  Runners-up West Adelaide Bearcats
Finals MVP Rocky Smith
NBL seasons

The 1980 NBL season was the second season of competition since its establishment in 1979. A total of ten teams contested the league. The regular season was played between 2 February 1980 and 8 June 1980, and was followed by a post-season featuring the top four in 14–15 June 1980.

Regular season[edit]

The home and away season took place over 18 rounds between 2 February 1980 and 8 June 1980.

Round 1[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
2 February West Torrens Eagles 78–64 Nunawading Spectres Apollo Entertainment Centre
2 February Canberra Cannons 77–69 Launceston Casino City Canberra Showgrounds
2 February Coburg Giants 76–73 Illawarra Hawks Ken Watson Stadium
2 February Newcastle Falcons 73–69 Bankstown Bruins Albert Park
3 February St. Kilda Saints 68–74 Illawarra Hawks Albert Park
3 February City of Sydney Astronauts 74–86 Bankstown Bruins Alexandria Stadium
3 February West Adelaide Bearcats 78–71 Nunawading Spectres Apollo Entertainment Centre
3 February Brisbane Bullets 83–71 Launceston Casino City Auchenflower, Brisbane

Round 2[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
8 February St. Kilda Saints 109–70 Canberra Cannons Albert Park
9 February Bankstown Bruins 95–74 West Torrens Eagles Bankstown Stadium
9 February Nunawading Spectres 54–51 Coburg Giants Burwood Stadium
9 February Canberra Cannons 78–68 West Adelaide Bearcats Canberra Showgrounds
9 February Newcastle Falcons 86–88 St. Kilda Saints Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
10 February City of Sydney Astronauts 71–84 St. Kilda Saints Alexandria Stadium
10 February Brisbane Bullets 91–86 West Adelaide Bearcats Auchenflower, Brisbane
10 February Illawarra Hawks 101–77 West Torrens Eagles Beaton Park Basketball Stadium
10 February Launceston Casino City 83–80 Coburg Giants Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre

Round 3[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
16 February St. Kilda Saints 94–74 Brisbane Bullets Albert Park
16 February West Adelaide Bearcats 91–89 Newcastle Falcons Apollo Entertainment Centre
16 February Nunawading Spectres 85–66 City of Sydney Astronauts Burwood Stadium
16 February Canberra Cannons 56–78 Illawarra Hawks Canberra Showgrounds
17 February West Torrens Eagles 86–88 Newcastle Falcons Apollo Entertainment Centre
17 February Bankstown Bruins 66–69 Canberra Cannons Bankstown Stadium
17 February Launceston Casino City 101–77 City of Sydney Astronauts Auchenflower, Brisbane
17 February Coburg Giants 71–83 Brisbane Bullets Ken Watson Stadium

Round 4[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
23 February West Torrens Eagles 79–73 Bankstown Bruins Apollo Entertainment Centre
23 February Brisbane Bullets 83–77 Nunawading Spectres Auchenflower, Brisbane
23 February Coburg Giants 85–80 Launceston Casino Ken Watson Stadium
23 February Newcastle Falcons 71–73 Illawarra Hawks Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
24 February St. Kilda Saints 90–74 Launceston Casino City Albert Park
24 February City of Sydney Astronauts 75–97 Nunawading Spectres Alexandria Stadium
24 February West Adelaide Bearcats 84–82 Bankstown Bruins Apollo Entertainment Centre
24 February Illawarra Hawks 72–65 Canberra Cannons Beaton Park Basketball Stadium

Round 5[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
27 February Bankstown Bruins 82–83 Illawarra Hawks Bankstown Stadium
1 March Bankstown Bruins 84–100 St. Kilda Saints Bankstown Stadium
1 March Nunawading Spectres 83–73 West Adelaide Bearcats Burwood Stadium
1 March Canberra Cannons 81–65 West Torrens Eagles Canberra Showgrounds
1 March Newcastle Falcons 71–68 Coburg Giants Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
2 March City of Sydney Astronauts 73–70 Coburg Giants Alexandria Stadium
2 March Brisbane Bullets 84–80 West Torrens Eagles Auchenflower, Brisbane
2 March Illawarra Hawks 83–101 St. Kilda Saints Beaton Park Basketball Stadium
2 March Launceston Casino City 65–84 West Adelaide Bearcats Dowling Street Stadium

Round 6[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
8 March West Adelaide Bearcats 93–70 City of Sydney Astronauts Apollo Entertainment Centre
8 March Illawarra Hawks 101–98 Newcastle Falcons Beaton Park Basketball Stadium
8 March Launceston Casino City 81–99 Brisbane Bullets Dowling Street Stadium
9 March West Torrens Eagles 70–72 City of Sydney Astronauts Apollo Entertainment Centre
9 March Bankstown Bruins 105–95 Newcastle Falcons Bankstown Stadium
9 March Nunawading Spectres 58–56 Brisbane Bullets Burwood Stadium
9 March Coburg Giants 58–73 Canberra Cannons Burwood Stadium

Round 7[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
15 March West Torrens Eagles 66–83 Illawarra Hawks Apollo Entertainment Centre
15 March Canberra Cannons 69–68 Bankstown Bruins Canberra Showgrounds
15 March Coburg Giants 47–69 Nunawading Spectres Ken Watson Stadium
15 March Newcastle Falcons 86–87 Launceston Casino City Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
16 March St. Kilda Saints 94–84 Nunawading Spectres Albert Park
16 March City of Sydney Astronauts 87–86 Launceston Casino City Alexandria Stadium
16 March West Adelaide Bearcats 104–68 Illawarra Hawks Apollo Entertainment Centre
16 March Brisbane Bullets 104–53 Bankstown Bruins Auchenflower, Brisbane

Round 8[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
19 March Bankstown Bruins 73–82 City of Sydney Astronauts Bankstown Stadium
22 March Bankstown Bruins 65–94 Coburg Giants Bankstown Stadium
22 March Canberra Cannons 95–69 Southern Melbourne Saints Canberra Showgrounds
22 March Launceston Casino City 96–71 West Torrens Eagles Dowling Street Stadium
22 March Newcastle Falcons 81–77 West Adelaide Bearcats Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
23 March City of Sydney Astronauts 85–86 West Adelaide Bearcats Alexandria Stadium
23 March Brisbane Bullets 94–75 Canberra Cannons Auchenflower, Brisbane
23 March Illawarra Hawks 70–74 Coburg Giants Beaton Park Basketball Stadium
23 March Nunawading Spectres 83–71 West Torrens Eagles Burwood Stadium

Round 9[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
29 March St. Kilda Saints 112–92 Newcastle Falcons Albert Park
29 March West Adelaide Bearcats 92–70 Brisbane Bullets Apollo Entertainment Centre
29 March Illawarra Hawks 89–82 City of Sydney Astronauts Beaton Park Basketball Stadium
29 March Launceston Casino City 59–81 Canberra Cannons Dowling Street Stadium
30 March West Torrens Eagles 91–88 Brisbane Bullets Apollo Entertainment Centre
30 March Nunawading Spectres 73–59 Canberra Cannons Burwood Stadium
30 March Coburg Giants 75–76 Newcastle Falcons Dowling Street Stadium

Round 10[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
12 April West Torrens Eagles 77–61 Coburg Giants Apollo Entertainment Centre
12 April Brisbane Bullets 89–99 Newcastle Falcons Auchenflower, Brisbane
12 April Bankstown Bruins 63–76 Nunawading Spectres Bankstown Stadium
13 April West Adelaide Bearcats 93–81 Coburg Giants Apollo Entertainment Centre
13 April Illawarra Hawks 88–89 Nunawading Spectres Beaton Park Basketball Stadium
13 April Canberra Cannons 74–78 Newcastle Falcons Canberra Showgrounds

Round 11[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
19 April West Adelaide Bearcats 107–76 West Torrens Eagles Apollo Entertainment Centre
19 April Brisbane Bullets 95–78 Canberra Cannons Auchenflower, Brisbane
19 April Illawarra Hawks 84–81 Bankstown Bruins Beaton Park Basketball Stadium
19 April Nunawading Spectres 69–68 Launceston Casino City Burwood Stadium
19 April Coburg Giants 84–91 St. Kilda Saints Ken Watson Stadium
19 April Newcastle Falcons 88–65 City of Sydney Astronauts Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre

Round 12[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
25 April Canberra Cannons 82–60 City of Sydney Astronauts Canberra Showgrounds
25 April Coburg Giants 92–71 West Torrens Eagles Ken Watson Stadium
26 April Nunawading Spectres 83–85 Illawarra Hawks Burwood Stadium
26 April Newcastle Falcons 85–86 Brisbane Bullets Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
27 April St. Kilda Saints 117–88 West Torrens Eagles Albert Park
27 April City of Sydney Astronauts 75–74 Brisbane Bullets Alexandria Stadium
27 April Launceston Casino City 95–83 Illawarra Hawks Dowling Street Stadium

Round 13[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
3 May St. Kilda Saints 115–78 Bankstown Bruins Albert Park
3 May West Adelaide Bearcats 102–93 Launceston Casino City Apollo Entertainment Centre
3 May Brisbane Bullets 81–84 Illawarra Hawks Apollo Entertainment Centre
3 May Newcastle Falcons 71–79 Nunawading Spectres Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
4 May City of Sydney Astronuauts 79–82 Illawarra Hawks Apollo Entertainment Centre
4 May West Torrens Eagles 92–89 Launceston Casino City Apollo Entertainment Centre
4 May Canberra Cannons 84–56 Nunawading Spectres Canberra Showgrounds
4 May Coburg Giants 93–71 City of Sydney Astronauts Ken Watson Stadium

Round 14[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
10 May Brisbane Bullets 98–95 Coburg Giants Auchenflower, Brisbane
10 May Bankstown Bruins 80–81 West Adelaide Bearcats Bankstown Stadium
10 May Nunawading Spectres 77–99 St. Kilda Saints Burwood Stadium
10 May Newcastle Falcons 84–72 West Torrens Eagles Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
11 May City of Sydney Astronauts 101–77 West Torrens Eagles Alexandria Stadium
11 May Illawarra Hawks 85–95 West Adelaide Bearcats Beaton Park Basketball Stadium
11 May Canberra Cannons 96–87 Coburg Giants Canberra Showgrounds
11 May Launceston Casino City 106–92 St. Kilda Saints Dowling Street Stadium

Round 15[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
17 May West Torrens Eagles 75–71 Canberra Cannons Apollo Entertainment Centre
17 May Bankstown Bruins 96–108 Brisbane Bullets Bankstown Stadium
17 May Launceston Casino City 95–104 Newcastle Falcons Dowling Street Stadium
17 May Coburg Giants 101–76 City of Sydney Astronauts Ken Watson Stadium
18 May St. Kilda Saints 113–105 City of Sydney Astronauts Albert Park
18 May West Adelaide Bearcats 68–67 Canberra Cannons Apollo Entertainment Centre
18 May Illawarra Hawks 80–87 Brisbane Bullets Beaton Park Stadium
18 May Nunawading Spectres 54–56 Newcastle Falcons Burwood Stadium

Round 16[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
24 May West Adelaide Bearcats 94–104 St. Kilda Saints Apollo Entertainment Centre
24 May Brisbane Bullets 103–72 City of Sydney Astroauts Auchenflower, Brisbane
24 May Illawarra Hawks 79–80 Launceston Casino City Beaton Park Basketball Stadium
25 May West Torrens Eagles 94–101 St. Kilda Saints Apollo Entertainment Centre
25 May Bankstown Bruins 84–96 Launceston Casino City Bankstown Stadium

Round 17[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
31 May St. Kilda Saints 105–89 Coburg Giants Albert Park
31 May West Torrens Eagles 77–101 West Adelaide Bearcats Apollo Entertainment Centre
1 June City of Sydney Astronauts 80–87 Newcastle Falcons Alexandria Stadium
1 June Canberra Cannons 87–98 Brisbane Bullets Canberra Showgrounds
1 June Launceston Casino City 71–81 Nunawading Spectres Dowling Street Stadium

Round 18[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
7 June St. Kilda Saints 88–90 West Adelaide Bearcats Albert Park
7 June Launceston Casino City 118–103 Bankstown Bruins Dowling Street Stadium
7 June Newcastle Falcons 70–68 Canberra Cannons Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
8 June City of Sydney Astronauts 98–64 Canberra Cannons Burwood Stadium
8 June Nunawading Spectres 89–92 West Adelaide Bearcats Ken Watson Stadium

Ladder[edit]

This is the ladder at the end of season, before the finals. In all, 132 games were played, 22 for each team.

Team Played Won Lost % Won %
1 St. Kilda Saints 22 17 5 112 77
2 West Adelaide Bearcats 22 17 5 109 77
3 Brisbane Bullets 22 15 7 108 68
4 Nunawading Spectres 22 14 8 105 64
5 Newcastle Falcons 22 13 9 102 59
6 Illawarra Hawks 22 13 9 100 59
7 Canberra Cannons 22 11 11 102 50
8 Launceston Casino City 22 9 13 99 41
9 Coburg Giants 22 7 15 99 32
10 City of Sydney Astronauts 22 7 15 90 32
11 West Torrens Eagles 22 6 16 88 27
12 Bankstown Bruins 22 3 19 88 14

Finals[edit]

There were two semi-finals, and then one grand final. All three of these finals were sudden death.

Semi-Finals[edit]

1st place played 4th place on the end of year ladder, and then 2nd place played 3rd place.

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
14 June St. Kilda Saints 101-77 Nunawading Spectres Dowling Street Stadium, Launceston
14 June Brisbane Bullets 94-101 West Adelaide Bearcats Dowling Street Stadium, Launceston

Grand Final[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
15 June West Adelaide Bearcats 88-113 St. Kilda Saints Dowling Street Stadium, Launceston

NBL Awards[edit]

Player Team
NBL MVP Mike Jones Illawarra Hawks
Grand Final MVP Not Awarded St. Kilda Saints
Coach of the Year Barry Barnes Nunawading Spectres
Best Defensive Player Ray Wood West Adelaide Bearcats

All NBL First Team[edit]

# Player Team
1 Cal Stamp Canberra Cannons
2 Danny Morseu St. Kilda Saints
3 Brian Banks Brisbane Bullets
4 Herb McEachin Canberra Cannons
5 Ian Davies Launceston Casino City
6 Ken Richardson West Adelaide Bearcats
  • Six players were selected in the first ever All NBL First team

Stats[edit]

Points Per Game[edit]

  1. Rocky Smith - 33.4 PPG (22 games for the St. Kilda Saints)
  2. Michael Haddow - 30.8 PPG (9 games for the Brisbane Bullets)
  3. Herb McEachin- 25.8 PPG (22 games for the Canberra Cannons)
  4. Ken Richardson - 24.1 PPG (19 games for the West Adelaide Bearcats)