NBL1 is a semi-professional basketball league in Australia, comprising South, North and Central Conferences with both men's and women's competitions. Each conference is run by their respective state governing body, with the league including 42 clubs from Victoria (14), Queensland (13), South Australia (11), Tasmania (3) and New South Wales (1).[1][2][3] The league replaced the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), Australia's pre-eminent semi-professional basketball league between 1981 and 2018. Following the NBL1's inaugural season in 2019, the 2020 season saw the 2019 teams comprise the new South Conference and the former Queensland Basketball League (QBL) and Premier League (South Australia) become the new North and Central Conferences.

NBL1
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2020 NBL1 season
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SportBasketball
Founded2019
Inaugural season2019
No. of teams18 (South Conference)
13 (North Conference)
10 (Central Conference)
CountryAustralia
ContinentFIBA Oceania (Oceania)
Most recent
champion(s)
M: Nunawading Spectres (1st title)
W: Kilsyth Cobras (1st title)
Most titlesM: Nunawading Spectres (1 title)
W: Kilsyth Cobras (1 title)
Related
competitions
NBL
Official websiteNBL1.com.au

HistoryEdit

The building blocksEdit

In October 2018, following the demise of the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), Basketball Victoria announced a new senior elite league to take the reins as Australia's pre-eminent semi-professional basketball league. All Victorian-based SEABL teams joined the new league, while Eltham Wildcats, Knox Raiders, Ringwood Hawks and Waverley Falcons also joined the league from the Big V State Championship Division.[4] The North-West Tasmania Thunder men and Launceston Tornadoes women also kept their place, as did Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence teams.[4] In February 2019, the league was named NBL1.[2]

ExpansionEdit

After a successful first season, the league announced in October 2019 that it would be expanding into Queensland for the 2020 season.[5] In January 2020, NBL1 expanded with the establishment of North and South conferences for the 2020 season. After a landmark agreement with Basketball Queensland, NBL1 North replaced the Queensland Basketball League (QBL). As a result, the 2019 NBL1 teams formed the new south conference.[6] The following month, NBL1 expanded into South Australia after an identical agreement with Basketball South Australia for NBL1 Central to replace the Premier League.[7] However, the threat of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic forced the 2020 season to be cancelled.[8]

ConferencesEdit

 
Map of NBL1 Conferences

South ConferenceEdit

Founded in 2019, the South Conference was the only conference in NBL1 during its inaugural season and predominately consisted of teams from the defunct South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). The South Conference currently has 18 teams spread across Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia.

North ConferenceEdit

In 2020, the North Conference joined the league, becoming the second conference introduced following NBL1's merger with the former Queensland Basketball League (QBL). The North Conference currently consists of 13 teams, all of which are based in Queensland.

Central ConferenceEdit

In 2020, the Central Conference joined the league, becoming the third conference introduced following NBL1's merger with the former South Australian Premier League. The Central Conference currently consists of 10 teams, all of which are based in South Australia.

Current clubsEdit

Club City State Conference Arena Joined NBL1 in NBL1

Championships

Most

recent

Albury Wodonga Bandits* Albury   New South Wales NBL1 South Lauren Jackson Sports Centre 2019 0 N/A
Ballarat Rush* (Women)
Ballarat Miners* (Men)
Ballarat   Victoria NBL1 South MARS Minerdome 2019 0 N/A
Bendigo Braves* Bendigo   Victoria NBL1 South Bendigo Stadium 2019 0 N/A
Brisbane Capitals** Brisbane   Queensland NBL1 North Auchenflower Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Cairns Dolphins** (Women)
Cairns Marlins** (Men)
Cairns   Queensland NBL1 North Early Settler Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Central Districts Lions*** Adelaide   South Australia NBL1 Central STARplex 2020 0 N/A
Dandenong Rangers* Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South Dandenong Stadium 2019 0 N/A
Diamond Valley Eagles* Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre 2019 0 N/A
Eastern Mavericks*** Mount Barker   South Australia NBL1 Central St Francis de Sales Community Sports Centre 2020 0 N/A
Eltham Wildcats**** Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South Eltham High School 2019 0 N/A
Forestville Eagles*** Adelaide   South Australia NBL1 Central Wayville Sports Centre 2020 0 N/A
Frankston Blues* Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South Frankston Stadium 2019 0 N/A
Geelong Supercats* Geelong   Victoria NBL1 South Geelong Arena 2019 0 N/A
Gold Coast Rollers** Gold Coast   Queensland NBL1 North Carrara Indoor Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Hobart Chargers Hobart   Tasmania NBL1 South Derwent Entertainment Centre 2020 0 N/A
Ipswich Force** Ipswich   Queensland NBL1 North Llewellyn Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Kilsyth Cobras* Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South Kilsyth Sports Centre 2019 1 2019; 1 year ago (2019)
Knox Raiders**** Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South State Basketball Centre 2019 0 N/A
Launceston Tornadoes* (Women) Launceston   Tasmania NBL1 South Elphin Sports Centre 2019 0 N/A
Logan Thunder** Logan   Queensland NBL1 North Cornubia Park Sports Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Mackay Meteorettes** (Women)
Mackay Meteors** (Men)
Mackay   Queensland NBL1 North McDonald's Mackay Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Melbourne Tigers* Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre 2019 0 N/A
Mount Gambier Pioneers*** Mount Gambier   South Australia NBL1 South Bern Bruning Stadium 2020 0 N/A
North Adelaide Rockets*** Adelaide   South Australia NBL1 Central The Lights Community and Sports Centre 2020 0 N/A
North-West Tasmania Thunder* (Men) Ulverstone   Tasmania NBL1 South Ulverstone Sports and Leisure Centre 2019 0 N/A
Norwood Flames*** Adelaide   South Australia NBL1 Central The ARC 2020 0 N/A
Nunawading Spectres* Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South Nunawading Basketball Centre 2019 1 2019; 1 year ago (2019)
Ringwood Hawks**** Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South The Rings 2019 0 N/A
Rockhampton Cyclones** (Women)
Rockhampton Rockets** (Men)
Rockhampton   Queensland NBL1 North Adani Arena Rockhampton 2020 0 N/A
Sandringham Sabres* Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South Nunn Media Basketball Centre 2019 0 N/A
South Adelaide Panthers*** Adelaide   South Australia NBL1 Central Marion Basketball Centre 2020 0 N/A
Southern Districts Spartans** Brisbane   Queensland NBL1 North Rowland Cowan Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Southern Tigers*** Adelaide   South Australia NBL1 Central Morphett Vale Stadium 2020 0 N/A
South West Metro Pirates** Brisbane   Queensland NBL1 North Hibiscus Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Sturt Sabres*** Adelaide   South Australia NBL1 Central Springbank Sports Centre 2020 0 N/A
Sunshine Coast Phoenix** Sunshine Coast   Queensland NBL1 North Maroochydore Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Toowoomba Mountaineers** Toowoomba   Queensland NBL1 North Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre 2020 0 N/A
Townsville Flames** (Women)
Townsville Heat** (Men)
Townsville   Queensland NBL1 North Townsville StarFM Stadium 2020 0 N/A
USC Rip City** Sunshine Coast   Queensland NBL1 North USC Sports Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Waverley Falcons**** Melbourne   Victoria NBL1 South Waverley Basketball Centre 2019 0 N/A
West Adelaide Bearcats*** Adelaide   South Australia NBL1 Central Port Adelaide Recreation Centre 2020 0 N/A
Woodville Warriors*** Adelaide   South Australia NBL1 Central St Clair Recreation Centre 2020 0 N/A

* Teams that transferred from the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL).

** Teams that transferred from the Queensland Basketball League (QBL).

*** Teams that transferred from the Premier League (South Australia).

**** Teams that transferred from the Big V (Victoria).

Former and defunct clubsEdit

Club City State Conference Arena Years in NBL1 NBL1

Championships

Most

recent

BA Centre of Excellence Canberra   Australian Capital Territory N/A Australian Institute of Sport 2019 0 N/A
Hobart Huskies Hobart   Tasmania N/A Derwent Entertainment Centre

Silverdome

2019 0 N/A

HonoursEdit

List of League ChampionsEdit

Team Men's Women's Notes
Titles Winning Seasons Titles Winning Seasons
Kilsyth Cobras 0 1 2019 Won the inaugural Women's title in 2019.
Nunawading Spectres 1 2019 0 Won the inaugural Men's title in 2019.

AwardsEdit

  • Most Valuable Player
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • Youth Player of the Year
  • All-Star Five
  • Coach of the Year
  • Referee of the Year
  • Club of the Year

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Basketball Victoria partners with NBL to launch NBL1 league". pickandroll.com.au. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "NBL1 to Showcase Next Level of Australia's Basketball Talent". NBL.com.au. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ "NBL1 To Come To Queensland In 2020 | NBL". nbl.com.au.
  4. ^ a b Ward, Roy (31 October 2018). "Basketball Victoria announces new elite league to replace SEABL". SMH.com.au. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  5. ^ "NBL1 To Come To Queensland In 2020 | NBL". nbl.com.au.
  6. ^ "NBL1 Expands To North And South Conferences". NBL1.com.au. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  7. ^ "NBL1 Central To Tip Off In 2020". NBL1.com.au. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  8. ^ "NBL1 2020 season completely shutdown' leaving Tasmania's three clubs out in the cold". www.themercury.com.au. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.

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