Southern Melbourne Saints

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Southern Melbourne Saints
Leagues NBL
Founded 1979
Dissolved 1991
History St Kilda Saints
1979–1986
Westside Melbourne Saints
1987–1990
Southern Melbourne Saints
1991
Arena Albert Park Basketball Stadium (1979–83)
The Glass House (1984–86, 1991)
Keilor Stadium (1987–90)
Capacity APBS - 2,000
TGH - 7,200
Keilor - 2,000
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Team colors Black, White and Red
              
Championships 2 (1979, 1980)

The Southern Melbourne Saints, previously known as the St Kilda Saints and the Westside Melbourne Saints,[1] were an Australian professional basketball team based in Melbourne. The Saints competed in the National Basketball League (NBL) between 1979 and 1991.

The Saints were one of the ten inaugural, foundation teams of the NBL that competed in the league's first season in 1979, operating out of Albert Park Basketball Stadium at the time. The Saints were the powerhouse team over the league's first three seasons behind coach Brian Kerle, winning three straight minor premierships and claiming the first two NBL Championships. In 1981, after finishing the regular season in first place, the Saints decided to compete in the FIBA Club World Cup in Brazil rather than contest the NBL finals. The team never regained this level of success, as they failed to qualify for the semi-finals for the rest of their tenure in the NBL.

In 1987, the Saints changed their name to incorporate a wider area of Melbourne rather than just the suburb of St Kilda. For the next three years, the team was known as the "Westside Melbourne Saints", playing out of the 2,000-seat Keilor Stadium. In 1991, the team changed their name again, this time to the "Southern Melbourne Saints".

Prior to the 1992 season, the Saints merged with the Eastside Spectres to become the South East Melbourne Magic.

Honour roll[edit]

NBL Championships: 2 (1979, 1980)
NBL finals appearances: 2 (1980, 1983)
NBL Grand Final appearances: 2 (1979, 1980)
NBL Most Valuable Player: Rocky Smith (1980)
NBL Grand Final MVP: Larry Sengstock (1979), Rocky Smith (1980)
All-NBL First Team: Danny Morseu (1980, 1981), Rocky Smith (1981), Phil Smyth (1982)
NBL Coach of the Year: None
NBL Rookie of the Year: None
NBL Most Improved Player: Andrew Parkinson (1991)
NBL Best Defensive Player: Phil Smyth (1982)
NBL Best Sixth Man: None

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scholes, Gary (30 November 1990). "Sport: Dufelmeier set to rise from ashes yet again". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. p. 26. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 

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