South East Australian Basketball League

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South East Australian Basketball League
SEABL logo.png
Sport Basketball
Founded 1981
Inaugural season 1981
Director Paul Maley
No. of teams M: 16
W: 16
Country Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
M: Mount Gambier Pioneers (4th national title)
W: Geelong Supercats (1st title)
Most titles M: Bendigo Braves (7 conference titles)
W: Dandenong Rangers (8 titles)
Official website SEABL.com.au

The South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) is Australia's pre-eminent semi-professional basketball league. The league comprises both a men's and women's competition and is run by the country's governing body, Basketball Australia. The league was founded in 1981 and became the basis of what was known as the Continental Basketball Association during the 1990s, and later the Australian Basketball Association during the 2000s. The ABA disbanded following the 2008 season, and at the time, the SEABL's East and South conferences were two of six ABA conferences. Today's SEABL competition boasts teams from Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

History[edit]

The South East Australian Basketball League's roots can be traced back to 1981 when the South Eastern Basketball League (SEBL) was established with 15 teams from Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia. In 1986, the SEBL established a two-conference system, with an East Conference and a South Conference.[1] In 1988, the SEBL was renamed the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), and in 1990, a women's competition was introduced.[2] In 1992, the SEABL was renamed the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).

In 1994, a North Conference from Queensland was added to increase the CBA's number of conferences to three. In 1998, a Central Conference from South Australia became the fourth CBA conference. The CBA was later renamed the Australian Basketball Association (ABA) for the 1999 season, and subsequently added a Big V Conference (from Victoria) in 2000 and a Waratah Conference (from New South Wales) in 2001. In 2002, the East and South conferences became known as the South East Australian Basketball League again, and the remaining four conferences, while still affiliated with the ABA, were devised into formal leagues as well: Big V, Central ABL, Queensland ABL and Waratah League.

As a result of the introduction of a North Conference to the CBA in 1994, there was no overall SEABL champion determined between 1994 and 2007. In 2008, the East champion Knox Raiders and South champion Hobart Chargers contested for the first overall SEABL Championship since 1993.[3] 2008 also marked the final year of the long-standing ABA National Finals series, as in 2009, the ABA ceased operations and its five affiliated leagues became independent.

Teams[edit]

SEABL Women[edit]

SEABL Men[edit]

League championships[edit]

Women[edit]

Teams Gold Cup icon.svg Year(s) won
Dandenong Rangers 8 1990, 1991, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
Bendigo Braves 5 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007
Knox Raiders 4 1992, 1994, 1996, 2013
Frankston Blues 3 1993, 1997, 2004
Kilsyth Cobras 3 1998, 2002, 2008
Brisbane Spartans 2 2009, 2014
Launceston Tornadoes 1 1995
Ballarat Rush 1 2005
Geelong Supercats 1 2017
indicates club is not a current member of the SEABL

Men[edit]

Teams Conference Champions Teams National Champions
Gold Cup icon.svg Year(s) won Gold Cup icon.svg Year(s) won
Bendigo Braves 7 1988, 1990, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016 Geelong Supercats 4 1981, 1999, 2006, 2010
Dandenong Rangers 6 1986, 1997, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2017 Mount Gambier Pioneers 4 2003, 2014, 2015, 2017
Knox Raiders 6 1991, 1994, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009 Bendigo Braves 3 1988, 2005, 2016
Frankston Blues 6 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2009 Ballarat Miners 3 1989, 1994, 1995
Mount Gambier Pioneers 6 2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Bulleen Boomers 2 1984, 1990
Ballarat Miners 5 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2001 Knox Raiders 2 1991, 2009
Hobart Chargers 5 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2008 Hobart Chargers 2 2000, 2002
Geelong Supercats 5 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 Frankston Blues 1 1982
Nunawading Spectres 3 1995, 2011, 2014 Melbourne Tigers 1 1983
Albury Wodonga Bandits 3 2001, 2012, 2015 Kilsyth Cobras 1 1985
Bulleen Boomers 2 1988, 1989 Newcastle Hunters 1 1986
North-West Tasmania Thunder 2 1996, 2004 Adelaide Buffalos 1 1987
Newcastle Hunters 1 1986 Sydney City Comets 1 1992
Adelaide Buffalos 1 1987 North East Melbourne Arrows 1 1993
North East Melbourne Arrows 1 1992 North-West Tasmania Thunder 1 1996
Sydney City Comets 1 1993 Nunawading Spectres 1 2011
Broadmeadows Broncos 1 1994 Albury Wodonga Bandits 1 2012
Kilsyth Cobras 1 1999 Dandenong Rangers 1 2013
AIS / BA Centre of Excellence 1 2002
Canberra Gunners 1 2003
indicates club is not a current member of the SEABL

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SEBL Ladders 1981-1993". angelfire.com. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "HISTORIC MOVE FOR AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALL". Basketball.net.au. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Oakford, Greg (12 August 2008). "Raiders crowned champions". MailCommunity.com.au. Ferntree Gully Belgrave Mail. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 

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