NBL Grand Final

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NBL Grand Final
Other names NBL Final
Locale  Australia
 New Zealand
Teams 2
First meeting 10 June 1979
Latest meeting 26 February–5 March 2017
Next meeting March 2018
Broadcasters ABC (1979–1987, 1998–2001)
Seven Network (1988–1991)
Network Ten (1992–1997, 2011–2015)
Fox Sports (2002–2010, 2016–)
Nine Network (2016)
SBS (2017)
Statistics
Meetings total 39
Most wins Perth Wildcats (8 titles)

The NBL Grand Final is the championship series of the Australasian-based National Basketball League.

History[edit]

The series is played between the winners of the two teams for the best-of-three. Prior to 1986 the Grand Final was decided by a single game. From 2004 until 2009, the series was expanded to a best-of-five games.

The first NBL Grand Final was played on 10 June 1979 at the Albert Park Basketball Stadium in Melbourne. The St. Kilda Saints defeated the Canberra Cannons 94-93 to become the inaugural NBL Champions.

The Perth Wildcats hold the record for most Grand Final appearances with 11 between 1987 and 2013-14. They have also won a record 6 NBL championships. The Wildcats have not missed the NBL playoffs since 1986, a record of 28 consecutive years.

No Grand Final MVP was awarded between 1981 and 1985. The NBL Grand Final MVP is named for the first winner of the award and is now known as the Larry Sengstock Medal.

Rocky Smith (1980), Leroy Loggins (1987), Scott Fisher (1989), Chris Williams (2002–03), Chris Anstey (2005–06) and Cedric Jackson (2012-13) all won the Grand Final MVP and the regular season MVP awards in the same season.

The NBL Grand Final attendance record of 15,064 was set on 1 November 1996 at Melbourne Park when the South East Melbourne Magic defeated cross town rivals the Melbourne Tigers 88-84 in Game 2 of the series.

Results[edit]

Year Date Champions Score Runners-up MVP Arena
1979 10 June St. Kilda Saints 94–93 Canberra Cannons Larry Sengstock Albert Park Basketball Stadium
1980 15 June St. Kilda Saints 113–88 West Adelaide Bearcats Rocky Smith Dowling Street Stadium
1981 28 June Launceston Casino City Tigers 75–54 Nunawading Spectres N/A Apollo Stadium
1982 18 July West Adelaide Bearcats 80–74 Geelong Cats N/A Newcastle Sports Entertainment Centre
1983 4 July Canberra Cannons 75–73 West Adelaide Bearcats N/A Kilsyth Stadium
1984 1 July Canberra Cannons 84–82 Brisbane Bullets N/A The Glass House
1985 7 September Brisbane Bullets 121–95 Adelaide 36ers N/A Sleeman Sports Centre
1986 11 October Adelaide 36ers 122–119 (OT) Brisbane Bullets Mark Davis Brisbane Entertainment Centre
17 October Brisbane Bullets 104–83 Adelaide 36ers Apollo Stadium
19 October Adelaide 36ers 113–91 Brisbane Bullets Apollo Stadium
1987 10 October Brisbane Bullets 80–79 Perth Wildcats Leroy Loggins Challenge Stadium
16 October Brisbane Bullets 106–87 Perth Wildcats Brisbane Entertainment Centre
1988 30 July Canberra Cannons 120–95 North Melbourne Giants Phil Smyth AIS Arena
5 August North Melbourne Giants 117–101 Canberra Cannons The Glass House
7 August Canberra Cannons 108–101 North Melbourne Giants The Glass House
1989 14 October North Melbourne Giants 111–105 Canberra Cannons Scott Fisher AIS Arena
20 October North Melbourne Giants 111–97 Canberra Cannons The Glass House
1990 19 October Perth Wildcats 112–106 Brisbane Bullets Ricky Grace Perth Entertainment Centre
26 October Brisbane Bullets 106–90 Perth Wildcats Brisbane Entertainment Centre
28 October Perth Wildcats 109–86 Brisbane Bullets Brisbane Entertainment Centre
1991 19 October Perth Wildcats 109–83 Eastside Melbourne Spectres Pete Hansen The Glass House
25 October Eastside Melbourne Spectres 86–81 Perth Wildcats Perth Entertainment Centre
27 October Perth Wildcats 90–80 Eastside Melbourne Spectres Perth Entertainment Centre
1992 24 October Melbourne Tigers 116–98 South East Melbourne Magic Bruce Bolden Melbourne Park
30 October South East Melbourne Magic 115–93 Melbourne Tigers Melbourne Park
1 November South East Melbourne Magic 95–88 Melbourne Tigers Melbourne Park
1993 23 October Melbourne Tigers 117–113 Perth Wildcats Ricky Grace Melbourne Park
29 October Perth Wildcats 112–105 Melbourne Tigers Perth Entertainment Centre
31 October Melbourne Tigers 104–102 Perth Wildcats Perth Entertainment Centre
1994 22 October North Melbourne Giants 95–93 (OT) Adelaide 36ers Paul Rees Clipsal Powerhouse
28 October North Melbourne Giants 117–97 Adelaide 36ers The Glass House
1995 7 October North Melbourne Giants 104–97 Perth Wildcats Andrew Vlahov Perth Entertainment Centre
13 October Perth Wildcats 97–88 North Melbourne Giants The Glass House
15 October Perth Wildcats 108–88 North Melbourne Giants Perth Entertainment Centre
1996 25 October Melbourne Tigers 100-89 South East Melbourne Magic Mike Kelly Melbourne Park
1 November South East Melbourne Magic 88–84 Melbourne Tigers Melbourne Park
3 November South East Melbourne Magic 107–70 Melbourne Tigers Melbourne Park
1997 25 October Melbourne Tigers 111–74 South East Melbourne Magic Lanard Copeland Melbourne Park
29 October South East Melbourne Magic 84–78 Melbourne Tigers Melbourne Park
1 November Melbourne Tigers 93–83 South East Melbourne Magic Melbourne Park
1998 28 June Adelaide 36ers 100–93 South East Melbourne Magic Kevin Brooks Clipsal Powerhouse
1 July Adelaide 36ers 90–62 South East Melbourne Magic Melbourne Park
1999 16 April 1999 Adelaide 36ers 104–94 Victoria Titans Brett Maher Melbourne Park
21 April 1999 Victoria Titans 88–82 Adelaide 36ers Clipsal Powerhouse
23 April 1999 Adelaide 36ers 80–63 Victoria Titans Clipsal Powerhouse
2000 7 April 2000 Perth Wildcats 84–78 Victoria Titans Marcus Timmons Melbourne Park
12 April 2000 Perth Wildcats 83–76 Victoria Titans Perth Entertainment Centre
2001 22 April 2001 Wollongong Hawks 104–101 Townsville Crocodiles Glen Saville WIN Entertainment Centre
28 April 2001 Townsville Crocodiles 114–97 Wollongong Hawks Townsville Entertainment Centre
29 April 2001 Wollongong Hawks 97–94 Townsville Crocodiles WIN Entertainment Centre
2002 12 April 2002 Adelaide 36ers 106–97 West Sydney Razorbacks Brett Maher Clipsal Powerhouse
14 April 2002 West Sydney Razorbacks 103–100 Adelaide 36ers State Sports Centre
19 April 2002 Adelaide 36ers 125–107 West Sydney Razorbacks Clipsal Powerhouse
2003 3 April 2003 Sydney Kings 98–94 Perth Wildcats Chris Williams Sydney Entertainment Centre
6 April 2003 Sydney Kings 117–101 Perth Wildcats Challenge Stadium
2004 24 March 2004 Sydney Kings 96–76 West Sydney Razorbacks Matthew Nielsen Sydney Entertainment Centre
26 March 2004 West Sydney Razorbacks 87–72 Sydney Kings State Sports Centre
31 March 2004 West Sydney Razorbacks 106–97 Sydney Kings Sydney Entertainment Centre
4 April 2004 Sydney Kings 82–77 West Sydney Razorbacks State Sports Centre
6 April 2004 Sydney Kings 90–79 West Sydney Razorbacks Sydney Entertainment Centre
2005 12 March 2005 Sydney Kings 96–73 Wollongong Hawks Jason Smith Sydney Entertainment Centre
14 March 2005 Sydney Kings 105–80 Wollongong Hawks WIN Entertainment Centre
19 March 2005 Sydney Kings 112–85 Wollongong Hawks Sydney Entertainment Centre
2006 24 February 2006 Melbourne Tigers 100–93 Sydney Kings Chris Anstey Sydney Entertainment Centre
26 February 2006 Melbourne Tigers 103–99 Sydney Kings State Netball and Hockey Centre
28 February 2006 Melbourne Tigers 88–83 Sydney Kings Sydney Entertainment Centre
2007 2 March 2007 Brisbane Bullets 98–95 Melbourne Tigers Sam Mackinnon Brisbane Entertainment Centre
4 March 2007 Melbourne Tigers 105–91 Brisbane Bullets State Netball and Hockey Centre
7 March 2007 Brisbane Bullets 113–93 Melbourne Tigers Brisbane Entertainment Centre
9 March 2007 Brisbane Bullets 103–94 Melbourne Tigers State Netball and Hockey Centre
2008 5 March 2008 Sydney Kings 95–74 Melbourne Tigers Chris Anstey Sydney Entertainment Centre
7 March 2008 Melbourne Tigers 104–93 Sydney Kings State Netball and Hockey Centre
9 March 2008 Melbourne Tigers 89–87 Sydney Kings Sydney Entertainment Centre
12 March 2008 Sydney Kings 90–87 Melbourne Tigers State Netball and Hockey Centre
14 March 2008 Melbourne Tigers 85–73 Sydney Kings Sydney Entertainment Centre
2009 4 March 2009 South Dragons 93–81 Melbourne Tigers Donta Smith Hisense Arena
6 March 2009 Melbourne Tigers 88–83 South Dragons State Netball and Hockey Centre
8 March 2009 South Dragons 84–67 Melbourne Tigers Hisense Arena
11 March 2009 Melbourne Tigers 108–95 South Dragons State Netball and Hockey Centre
13 March 2009 South Dragons 102–91 Melbourne Tigers Hisense Arena
2010 5 March 2010 Perth Wildcats 75–64 Wollongong Hawks Kevin Lisch Challenge Stadium
9 March 2010 Wollongong Hawks 75–63 Perth Wildcats WIN Entertainment Centre
12 March 2010 Perth Wildcats 96–72 Wollongong Hawks Challenge Stadium
2011 20 April 2011 New Zealand Breakers 85–67 Cairns Taipans Thomas Abercrombie North Shore Events Centre
24 April 2011 Cairns Taipans 85–81 (2OT) New Zealand Breakers Cairns Convention Centre
29 April 2011 New Zealand Breakers 71–53 Cairns Taipans North Shore Events Centre
2012 12 April 2012 New Zealand Breakers 104–98 (OT) Perth Wildcats C.J. Bruton Vector Arena
20 April 2012 Perth Wildcats 87–86 New Zealand Breakers Challenge Stadium
24 April 2012 New Zealand Breakers 79–73 Perth Wildcats Vector Arena
2013 7 April 2013 New Zealand Breakers 79–67 Perth Wildcats Cedric Jackson Vector Arena
12 April 2013 New Zealand Breakers 70–66 Perth Wildcats Perth Arena
2014 7 April 2014 Perth Wildcats 92–85 (OT) Adelaide 36ers Jermaine Beal Perth Arena
11 April 2014 Adelaide 36ers 89–84 Perth Wildcats Adelaide Arena
13 April 2014 Perth Wildcats 93–59 Adelaide 36ers Perth Arena
2015 6 March 2015 New Zealand Breakers 86–71 Cairns Taipans Cedric Jackson Cairns Convention Centre
8 March 2015 New Zealand Breakers 83–81 Cairns Taipans North Shore Events Centre
2016 2 March 2016 Perth Wildcats 82–76 New Zealand Breakers Damian Martin Perth Arena
4 March 2016 New Zealand Breakers 71–68 Perth Wildcats North Shore Events Centre
6 March 2016 Perth Wildcats 75–52 New Zealand Breakers Perth Arena
2017 26 February 2017 Perth Wildcats 89–77 Illawarra Hawks Bryce Cotton Perth Arena
1 March 2017 Perth Wildcats 89–77 Illawarra Hawks WIN Entertainment Centre
5 March 2017 Perth Wildcats 95–86 Illawarra Hawks Perth Arena

Grand Final Record[edit]

Finals Team Win Loss % Note
12 Perth Wildcats 8 5 .545 Have not missed the playoffs since 1986
8 Melbourne United 4 4 .500 Formerly named the Melbourne Tigers till 2014
7 Adelaide 36ers 4 3 .571 Won the first 3-game Grand Final series in 1986
5 New Zealand Breakers 4 1 .800 Became the first non-Australian NBL champions in 2011
6 Brisbane Bullets 3 3 .500 Team folded in 2008, won the last stand alone GF in 1985, returned in 2016-17
5 Canberra Cannons 3 2 .600 Became the Hunter Pirates in 2003
5 Sydney Kings 3 2 .600 Team folded in 2008, returned in 2010
4 North Melbourne Giants 2 2 .500 Merged to form the Victoria Titans in 1998
4 South East Melbourne Magic 2 2 .500 Merged to form the Victoria Titans in 1998
2 St Kilda Saints 2 0 1.000 Inaugural NBL champions in 1979. Became the Westside Melbourne Saints in 1987
3 Illawarra Hawks 1 2 .333 Won their only title as the Wollongong Hawks in 2001
3 West Adelaide Bearcats 1 2 .333 Left the NBL in 1984, now in the ABA
1 Launceston Casino City Tigers 1 0 1.000 Played only 3 NBL seasons. Team folded in 1983
1 South Dragons 1 0 1.000 Quit the NBL after their 2009 championship win
2 Cairns Taipans 0 2 .000 Runners up in 2010-11 and 2014-15
2 Victoria Titans 0 2 .000 Became the Victoria Giants in 2002
2 West Sydney Razorbacks 0 2 .000 Became the Sydney Spirit in 2009, folded in the same year
1 Eastside Melbourne Spectres 0 1 .000 Merged to form the South East Melbourne Magic in 1991
1 Geelong Cats 0 1 .000 Became the Geelong Supercats in 1988, now in the ABA
1 Nunawading Spectres 0 1 .000 Became the Eastside Melbourne Spectres in 1987, now in the ABA
1 Townsville Crocodiles 0 1 .000 Runners up in 2000-01

* Teams in bold are currently in the NBL

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