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South East Australian Basketball League

South East Australian Basketball League
SEABL logo.png
SportBasketball
Founded1981
Inaugural season1981
Ceased2018
Replaced byNBL1
CountryAustralia
Last
champion(s)
M: Hobart Chargers (4th title)
W: Bendigo Braves (6th title)
Most titlesM: Bendigo Braves (7 conference titles)
W: Dandenong Rangers (8 titles)
Official websiteSEABL.com.au

The South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) was an Australian semi-professional basketball league from its inception in 1981 until it was disbanded in 2018. The league comprised both a men's and women's competition and was 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. Over the years, the SEABL boasted teams from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

History

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.

Following the 2018 season, the SEABL was disbanded in favour of a new Victorian-based competition known as NBL1.[4]

League championships

Men

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
Knox Raiders + 6 1991, 1994, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009 Mount Gambier Pioneers 4 2003, 2014, 2015, 2017
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 Bendigo Braves 3 1988, 2005, 2016
Dandenong Rangers 6 1986, 1997, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2017 Hobart Chargers 3 2000, 2002, 2018
Ballarat Miners 5 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2001 Bulleen Boomers + 2 1984, 1990
Hobart Chargers 5 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2008 Knox Raiders + 2 1991, 2009
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

Women

Teams Gold Cup icon.svg Year(s) won
Dandenong Rangers 8 1990, 1991, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
Bendigo Braves 6 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2018
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

References

  1. ^ "SEBL Ladders 1981-1993". angelfire.com. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "HISTORIC MOVE FOR AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALL". Basketball.net.au. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Oakford, Greg (12 August 2008). "Raiders crowned champions". MailCommunity.com.au. Ferntree Gully Belgrave Mail. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Ward, Roy (31 October 2018). "Basketball Victoria announces new elite league to replace SEABL". SMH.com.au. Retrieved 2018.

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