Brisbane Capitals

Brisbane Capitals is a NBL1 North club based in Brisbane, Queensland. The club fields a team in both the Men's and Women's NBL1 North. The club is a division of Brisbane Basketball Incorporated (BBI), one of the major administrative basketball organisations in the region. The Capitals play their home games at Auchenflower Stadium.

Brisbane Capitals
Brisbane Capitals logo
LeaguesNBL1 North
HistoryBrisbane Brewers
Brisbane Capitals
ArenaAuchenflower Stadium
LocationAuchenflower, Queensland
Team colorsBlue and yellow    
PresidentTony Cotter
Vice-president(s)Rodney Sengstock
General managerHamish Cain
Head coachM: TBA
W: Michael Van Dongen
Championships3 (2002, 2019, 2020*) (M)
8 (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002) (W)

Club historyEdit


In 1962, Brisbane Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) was formed.[1] In 1979, the association entered the Brisbane Bullets into the inaugural National Basketball League (NBL) season. In 1982, the association entered the Brisbane Blazers into the inaugural Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) season. In 1984, the organisation was incorporated and became Brisbane Basketball Incorporated.[1] The Bullets were sold in 1991, while the WNBL license was relinquished in 1995.[1]

NBL1 (formerly QBL)Edit

1986 saw the formation of the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) with both a men's and women's competition. Brisbane, trading as the Brewers, entered a team into both the Men's QBL and Women's QBL. The women's team saw immediate success, winning the inaugural championship before going on to win six titles in the competition's first seven seasons, including winning five in a row between 1988 and 1992. The Brewers women went on to finish as runners-up in 2000, before a name change to the Brisbane Capitals resulted in two more championships in 2001 and 2002.[2][3] The men's team meanwhile were runners-up in 1991 and 2001 before winning their maiden championship in 2002.[2][3]

In 2013, the Capitals men played in their first grand final since 2002,[4] where they lost 102–95 to the Rockhampton Rockets.[5][6] The Capitals returned to the grand final in 2015,[7] losing the best-of-three series 2–1 to the Mackay Meteors.[8] In 2016, the Capitals played in their third grand final in four years,[9] this time losing 2–0 to the Cairns Marlins.[10]

In 2019, the Capitals men made their seventh grand final appearance,[11] where they won their second championship with a 2–0 series victory over the Gold Coast Rollers.[12][13]

For the 2020 season, the Capitals joined the newly established NBL1 North, which replaced the QBL.[14] The 2020 NBL1 North season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Queensland State League (QSL) taking its place for a shortened season. The Capitals men led by Jason Cadee and Jarred Bairstow defeated RedCity Roar in the grand final to claim the 2020 QSL championship.[15][16][17]


  1. ^ a b c "Our Story". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "QBL State Champions & Award Winners". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Season by Season". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ "2013 QBL Grand Final Previews". 31 August 2013. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. ...and Brisbane pumped for their first grand finals appearance since 2002...
  5. ^ "Rockampton Rockets beat Brisbane to win the QBL Championship". 1 September 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Seven point victory over Brisbane Capitals worth celebrating". 2 September 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  7. ^ Lees, Chris (24 August 2015). "Mackay Meteors will play Brisbane in grand final". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Mackay Meteors Secure 2015 Men's QBL Championship". 30 August 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  9. ^ "QBL 2016 Grand Final Game Previews". 24 August 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Skytrans Cairns Marlins – 2016 QBL Champions". Archived from the original on 27 December 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  11. ^ "QBL19 GAME PREVIEWS – GRAND FINALS". 28 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Results for 2019 QBL Men – Finals". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Men's #QBL19 Grand Final Game 2: Gold Coast Rollers at Brisbane Capitals". 31 August 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  14. ^ "NBL1 Expands To North And South Conferences". 15 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  15. ^ "2020 QSL1 Men's GF Roar v Capitals". 24 October 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Cadee Stars As Capitals Win QSL Championship". Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  17. ^ Melki, Taylah (25 October 2020). "QSL Men's Grand Final: Brisbane Capitals steal the show with a come from behind victory over Roar". Retrieved 13 November 2020.

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