Waitemata (basketball)

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Leagues NBL & CBL
Established 1982
Folded 1989
History Waitemata
Location Waitemata, New Zealand
Team colours Green & black
Championships 1 (1987)

Waitemata was a New Zealand basketball team based in Waitemata. The team competed in the National Basketball League (NBL) and Conference Basketball League (CBL) throughout the 1980s.

Team history[edit]

Waitemata was one of eight teams that entered the NBL's inaugural season in 1982. They finished runners-up behind Auckland in their first season but dropped to fourth in 1983 and subsequently withdrew from the competition after just two seasons.[1] Waitemata subsequently entered the CBL in 1984, going on to finish runners-up in 1985 before winning the championship in 1987.[2] Their 1987 title earned them promotion to the NBL for the 1988 season, returning to the top flight league after a four-year hiatus.

Waitemata's first season back in the NBL saw them miss the playoffs with a seventh-place finish. A bright spark for the team was star American guard John Welch, who won the Most Outstanding Guard Award that year, in addition to All-Star Five honours. However, after finishing second last in 1989, they withdrew again and ceased operations.[1]

Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "2005 League Handbook" (PDF). Basketball.org.nz. pp. 32–36. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 August 2006.
  2. ^ "2010 Conference Basketball League Programme" (PDF). Basketball.org.nz. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2015.

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