Cockburn Cougars

Cockburn Cougars is an NBL1 West club based in Perth, Western Australia. The club fields a team in both the Men's and Women's NBL1 West. The club is a division of Cockburn Basketball Association (CBA), the major administrative basketball organisation in the City of Cockburn. The Cougars play their home games at Wally Hagan Stadium.

Cockburn Cougars
Cockburn Cougars logo
LeaguesNBL1 West
HistoryCockburn Cougars
ArenaWally Hagan Stadium
LocationHamilton Hill, Western Australia
Team colorsSky blue, white, yellow
CEOTyrone Thwaites
PresidentTravis French
Vice-president(s)Alistair Monson
Head coachM: Andrew Cooper
W: Tyrone Thwaites

Club historyEdit

Cockburn Basketball Association was established in 1972.[1] The association saw success in the 1980s, with the men's team reaching the grand final of the District Competition in 1982 before going on to win their first premiership in 1984.[2] The women's team meanwhile reached four straight grand finals between 1983 and 1986, losing in close encounters all four years.[3]

1989 saw the formation of the State Basketball League (SBL) with both a men's and women's competition. Cockburn, trading as the Cougars, entered a team into both the Men's SBL and Women's SBL.[4] In 1992, the Cougars reached their first MSBL Grand Final and won their first championship with a 107–94 victory over the Souwest Slammers.[3] In 1993, the Cougars made their second straight MSBL Grand Final, where they were defeated 109–91 by the Wanneroo Wolves.[3] In 1998, the Cougars won their first minor premiership with a first-place finish and a 20–4 record.[5] They went on to reach their third MSBL Grand Final, where they were defeated 105–96 by the Slammers.[3]

In 2003, the Cougars finished first in the MSBL's seven-team South Conference with a 16–3 record.[5] They went on to reach their fourth MSBL Grand Final, where they were defeated 76–72 by the Perry Lakes Hawks.[3] Season 2004 saw the men's team claim their third minor premiership with a 21–3 record, while the women's team had their best-ever regular season, as they finished second on the ladder with a 17–3 record.[5]

Success eluded the club until 2012, when the Cougars reached their fifth MSBL Grand Final. There they defeated the East Perth Eagles 105–72 behind a Grand Final MVP performance from import Jeremiah Wilson.[6][7][8] In 2016, the Cougars were crowned minor premiers for the fourth time with a first-place finish and a 22–4 record.[9][10] They went on to reach their sixth MSBL Grand Final, where they defeated the Joondalup Wolves 96–84 behind Grand Final MVP Rhett Della to win their third championship.[11]

In 2021, the SBL was rebranded as NBL1 West.[12][13]





  1. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 20 November 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ "1984 Championship – Cockburn Cougars V Perth Redbacks". 26 August 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2016 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ a b c d e "COUGAR ARCHIVES – STATE BASKETBALL LEAGUE". Archived from the original on 30 March 2016.
  4. ^ "SBL Standings 1989". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "2015 SBL Media Guide". p. 9. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ Ferguson, Frizz (2 September 2012). "Cougars claim SBL championship". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  7. ^ Ferguson, Frizz (9 September 2012). "Cougars Win SBL Championship". Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  8. ^ McGlaughlin-Williams, Bryce (11 September 2012). "Twenty Years in the making – Cougars 2012". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  9. ^ Pike, Chris (30 July 2016). "Cougars prevail over Wolves as top spot battle delivers". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  10. ^ Pike, Chris (5 August 2016). "Parsons beaming over Cougars' toughness, depth heading into finals". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  11. ^ Pike, Chris (3 September 2016). "Cougars cap memorable SBL season with third championship". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  12. ^ "NBL1 West to tip off in 2021". 30 October 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  13. ^ Garlepp, Josh (30 October 2020). "State Basketball League to become NBL 1 West as WA clubs agree to unite under national second-tier banner". Retrieved 30 October 2020.

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