Australian Basketball Association
The ABA logo
|No. of teams||M: 64
|Continent||FIBA Oceania (Oceania)|
|Most recent champion(s)||M: Rockhampton Rockets|
|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), Central Australian Basketball League (Central ABL), Queensland Basketball League (QBL), South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), and Waratah League (New South Wales) in both men's and women's competitions.
|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|
|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.
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.
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.
- Basketball Australia
- Big V (Victoria)
- Central Australian Basketball League (Central ABL)
- List of developmental and minor sports leagues
- National Basketball League
- Queensland Basketball League (QBL)
- South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL)
- State Basketball League
- Waratah League (New South Wales)
- Basketball Australia official website
- ABA official website
- SEABL official website