Knox Raiders

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Knox Raiders
Knox Raiders logo
Leagues Big V
Founded 1982
History Knox Raiders
1982–2014; 2016–present
Arena State Basketball Centre
Location Wantirna South, Victoria
Team colors Blue and yellow
CEO Stephen Walter
Championships 2 (1991, 2009) (M)
4 (1992, 1994, 1996, 2013) (W)

Knox Raiders is a member club of the Big V based in Melbourne, Victoria. The club fields both a men's and women's team. The club is a division of Knox Basketball Incorporated (KBI), the major administrative basketball organisation in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. The Raiders play their home games at the State Basketball Centre.

Club history[edit]

Knox Basketball Incorporated logo

Knox Basketball was established in 1965 to provide youth from the City of Knox with a sporting and social infrastructure to develop and promote personal, team and social skills in a sporting environment. Founded by Alf Stevens, Alice Jago and Heather Kemp, it began as an after school competition at the Mossfield Avenue Facility, Ferntree Gully in 1974. In 1980, its headquarters moved to the 3 court facility in Park Crescent at Boronia which was later expanded to six courts in 1989.[1]

In 1982, Knox's senior program was established,[2] with Raiders men's and women's teams entering the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). In 1991, the Raiders men won the SEABL South Conference title before going on to win the National Championship. The men won five more conference titles between 1994 and 2009, while claiming the overall SEABL Championship in 2009 as well after defeating the Frankston Blues in the grand final.[3] The Raiders women on the other hand won SEABL Championships in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 2013.

In November 2014, Knox Basketball Incorporated withdrew its Knox Raiders SEABL teams from the 2015 season due to its dire financial position. The Raiders requested they remain a financial member of the SEABL with the intention of returning in season 2016. The SEABL retained the club's financial guarantee with the Raiders classified as a non-playing member of the league in 2015.[4][5]

In November 2015, KBI announced that their application to play in the Big V State Championship for both Women & Men in 2016 was accepted.[6]


  1. ^ "ABOUT US". Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "KNOX ANNOUNCES 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ALL-STAR TEAMS". 11 April 2011. Archived from the original on 28 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "RAIDERS WIN 2009 SEABL CHAMPIONSHIP". 31 August 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "KNOX RAIDERS NOT COMPETING IN 2015". 20 November 2014. Archived from the original on 31 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Hustwaite, Megan (12 December 2014). "Knox Raiders drop out of SEABL for 2015 season as association looks to get its finances under control". Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Knox Raiders Enter BigV State Championship In 2016". 6 November 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 

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