NBL1 North

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NBL1 North, formerly the Queensland Basketball League (QBL), is a semi-professional basketball league in Queensland and Northern Territory, Australia, comprising both a men's and women's competition. In 2020, Basketball Queensland partnered with the National Basketball League (NBL) to bring NBL1 to Queensland. NBL1 replaced the former QBL to create more professional pathways and opportunities for males and females playing basketball in Queensland. As a result, the QBL became the north conference of NBL1. In 2022, the league will expanded into the Northern Territory with a club from Darwin.

NBL1 North
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FormerlyQueensland State Basketball League
1986–1993
CBA North
1994–1998
ABA North
1999–2001
Queensland Australian Basketball League
2002–2008
Queensland Basketball League
2009–2019
SportBasketball
Founded1986
Inaugural season1986
No. of teamsM: 16
W: 16
CountryAustralia
Most recent
champion(s)
M: Mackay Meteors (4th title)
W: Logan Thunder (1st title)
Most titlesM: Cairns Marlins (9 titles)
W: Southern Districts Spartans (12 titles)
Related
competitions
NBL1
Queensland State League
Official websiteNBL1 North

HistoryEdit

The league was formed in 1986 as the Queensland State Basketball League. In 1994, the league merged with the South and East conferences of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) to form a North conference.[1] 1998 saw further CBA expansion with the inclusion of a Central Conference from South Australia. The CBA was renamed the Australian Basketball Association (ABA) for the 1999 season and later added the Big V and the Waratah League for a total of six conferences. As a member of the ABA, the league took on the name of Queensland Australian Basketball League (QABL) in the early 2000s and set up a division system to separate the north and south teams within the state. The Sunstate (North Queensland) and Southern Cross (South Queensland) divisions were a big part of the league for a number of years, remaining in tacked up until the 2006 season. Following the 2006 season, the QABL restructured the competition, which saw the two divisions combining to have a statewide league of only one division for the 2007 season.[2] In 2009, the QABL became known as the QBL following the demise of the Australian Basketball Association.

In October 2019, Basketball Queensland and the National Basketball League (NBL) announced a new partnership to bring NBL1 to Queensland in 2020, with NBL1 replacing the QBL.[3] On 15 January 2020, the QBL was officially renamed NBL1 North and became the north conference of NBL1.[4] However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 season was cancelled.[5]

For the 2022 season, the NBL1 North will have a club from Darwin represented for the first time under the joint management of Darwin Basketball Association (DBA) and Basketball Northern Territory (BNT). It will see the NBL1 become the first Australian sport league to have clubs based in and playing out of every state and territory in Australia.[6]

Current clubsEdit

Club City State Arena Joined NBL1 in NBL1

Championships

Most

recent

Brisbane Capitals* Brisbane   Queensland Auchenflower Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Cairns Dolphins/Cairns Marlins* Cairns   Queensland Early Settler Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Unnamed Darwin club Darwin   Northern Territory TBD 2022 0 N/A
Gold Coast Rollers* Gold Coast   Queensland Carrara Indoor Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Ipswich Force* Ipswich   Queensland Llewellyn Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Logan Thunder* Logan   Queensland Cornubia Park Sports Centre 2020 0 N/A
Mackay Meteorettes/Mackay Meteors* Mackay   Queensland McDonald's Mackay Stadium 2020 0 N/A
North Gold Coast Seahawks Gold Coast   Queensland Runaway Bay Indoor Stadium 2022 0 N/A
Northside Wizards Brisbane   Queensland Northside Indoor Sports Centre 2021 0 N/A
RedCity Roar Brisbane   Queensland Paul Bancroft Centre 2021 0 N/A
Rockhampton Cyclones/Rockhampton Rockets* Rockhampton   Queensland Adani Arena Rockhampton 2020 0 N/A
South West Metro Pirates* Brisbane   Queensland Hibiscus Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Southern Districts Spartans* Brisbane   Queensland Rowland Cowan Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Sunshine Coast Phoenix* Sunshine Coast   Queensland Maroochydore Stadium 2020 0 N/A
Townsville Flames/Townsville Heat* Townsville   Queensland Townsville StarFM Stadium 2020 0 N/A
USC Rip City* Sunshine Coast   Queensland USC Stadium 2020 0 N/A

*Teams that transferred from QBL.

List of ChampionsEdit

Team Total Titles Men's Women's Notes
Titles Winning Seasons Titles Winning Seasons
Brisbane Spartans/Southern Districts Spartans 17 5 1992, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2006 12 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2017, 2018, 2019
Brisbane Brewers/Brisbane Capitals 10 2 2002, 2019 8 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002 Won the women's inaugural title in 1986.
Cairns Dolphins/Cairns Marlins 10 9 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2016 1 1994
Townsville Flames/Townsville Heat/Townsville Sunbirds/Townsville Suns 9 5 1986, 1989, 2000, 2017, 2018 4 1993, 1997, 2007, 2008 Won the men's inaugural title in 1986.
Mackay Meteorettes/Mackay Meteors 8 4 2011, 2012, 2015, 2021 4 1987, 2012, 2013, 2014
Rockhampton Cyclones/Rockhampton Rockets 7 5 1996, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 2 2015, 2016
Gladstone Port City Power 3 0 3 2009, 2010, 2011
Gold Coast Cougars/Gold Coast Rollers 2 2 1987, 1988 0
Toowoomba Mountaineers 2 2 1990, 1991 0
South West Metro Pirates 1 1 2003 0
Logan Thunder 1 0 1 2021

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lilley, John (19 November 1993). "CBA becomes the 'big league' with Queensland's help". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Ipswich prepares for QABL transformation". QT.com.au. 30 November 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  3. ^ "NBL1 To Come To Queensland In 2020". NBL1.com.au. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  4. ^ "NBL1 Expands To North And South Conferences". NBL1.com.au. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  5. ^ "NBL1 Season Cancelled". NBL.com.au. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Darwin/ Basketball Northern Territory to make NBL1 a truly national competition". NBL1.com.au. 10 November 2021. Retrieved 10 November 2021.

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