Australian Basketball Association

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This article is about the ABA in Australia. For the semi-professional men's basketball minor league in the United States, see American Basketball Association (2000–present). For the defunct professional men's basketball league in the United States, see American Basketball Association. For other uses, see ABA.
Australian Basketball Association (ABA)
Australian Basketball Association (emblem).jpg
The ABA logo
Sport Basketball
Founded 1980
No. of teams M: 64
W: 57
Country  Australia
Continent FIBA Oceania (Oceania)
Most recent champion(s) M: Queensland Rockhampton Rockets
Related competitions
Level on pyramid 2
Official website Australian Basketball Association

The Australian Basketball Association, often abbreviated to the ABA, is the second-tiered semi-professional men's and women's basketball minor leagues in Australia which sit under the professional National Basketball League (NBL) and Women's National Basketball League (WNBL).

The ABA is representative of the huge number of junior-based associations across the country and is the endorsed national development league of the sport’s peak body, Basketball Australia.

The ABA incorporates five regional leagues – the Big V (Victoria), Premier League (South Australia), Queensland Basketball League (QBL), South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), and Waratah League (New South Wales) in both men's and women's competitions.

Past winners[edit]


Year Location Final Grand Final MVP
1981 Albert Park Stadium (VIC) Geelong Cats 97 def Frankston Bears 88
1982 Albert Park Stadium Frankston Bears 89 def Melbourne Tigers 87
1983 Albert Park Stadium Melbourne Tigers 114 def Bulleen Boomers 102
1984 Coburg Basketball Stadium (VIC) Bulleen Boomers 109 def Chelsea Gulls 108
1985 Kilsyth Sports Centre (VIC) Kilsyth Cobras 98 def Bulleen Boomers 87
1986 Bendigo Stadium (VIC) Newcastle Hunters 124 def Sydney City Comets 117 (O/T)
1987 Devonport Recreation Centre (TAS) Adelaide Buffalos 124 def Newcastle Hunters 102
1988 Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium (VIC) Bendigo Braves 121 def Bulleen Boomers 118
1989 Kilsyth Sports Centre Ballarat Miners 125 def Bulleen Boomers 118
1990 Knox Basketball Stadium (VIC) Bulleen Boomers 128 def Ballarat Miners 101
1991 Knox Basketball Stadium Knox Raiders 81 def Ballarat Miners 79
1992 Knox Basketball Stadium Sydney City Comets 117 def Ballarat Miners 90
1993 Keilor Basketball Stadium (VIC) NE Melbourne Giants 124 def Murray Bridge 113
1994 Bendigo Stadium Ballarat Miners 104 def Cairns Marlins 81 Eric Hayes - Ballarat
1995 Whitlam Leisure Centre (NSW) Ballarat Miners 101 def Frankston Blues 86 Grant Keys - Ballarat
1996 Devonport Recreation Centre NW Tasmania Brewers 101 def Knox Raiders 88 Dave Biwer - NW Tasmania
1997 Geelong Arena (VIC) Sunshine Coast Clippers 80 def Cairns Marlins 78 Billy Ross - Sunshine Coast
2001 Not held N/A N/A
2002 Bendigo Stadium Hobart Chargers 98 def Australian Institute of Sport 93 Andrew Beattie - Hobart
2003 Bendigo Stadium Mount Gambier Pioneers 127 def Ballarat Miners 113 Kurt Russell - Mount Gambier
2004 Geelong Arena Cairns Marlins 104 def NW Tasmania Thunder 100 Aaron Grabau - Cairns
2005 Geelong Arena Bendigo Braves 102 def Sydney Comets 98 Jason Cameron - Bendigo
2006 Newcastle Basketball Stadium (NSW) Geelong Supercats 94 def Dandenong Rangers 80 Ash Cannan - Dandenong
2007 Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (VIC) Cairns Marlins 110 def Dandenong Rangers 98 Aaron Grabau - Cairns
2008 Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Rockhampton Rockets 103 def Hobart Chargers 99


The ABA's roots can be traced back as far as 1965, when just eight clubs competed in the South Eastern Conference (SEC). The SEC continued until 1971 when the Australian Club Championships gained pre-eminence.

In 1981, the SEC was reborn as the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) when the Australian Club Championships ceased to operate due to the rise of Australia’s first truly national competition, the now professional National Basketball League.

The SEABL was divided into a South and East Conference format in 1986 with teams from Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.

In 1994 the bodies merged with the Queensland State League to create North, South and East Conferences and the league was renamed the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).

1998 saw further expansion with the inclusion of the Central Australian Basketball League Conference from South Australia conducting competitions for both men and women. In that same year, the switch of NBL and WNBL seasons to Summer enabled the ABA to offer professional players a showcase for their skills during the Winter months.

2000 saw the addition of Big V from Victoria and in 2001 the Waratah League from New South Wales and the league was once again renamed into the current Australian Basketball Association.

From 2002 to 2008, the champions of each of the five leagues and a number of wildcard entries competed at the inaugural Australian Basketball Club Champions Finals.

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