South East Australian Basketball League

The South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) was an Australian semi-professional basketball league. 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 one in the same with the Australian Basketball Association (ABA) from its inception in 1981 until 1993. With the inclusion of a North conference from Queensland in 1994, the history of the SEABL and ABA was split from one another for the first time. Over the years, the SEABL boasted teams from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. The league was disbanded following the 2018 season and was replaced by NBL1.

South East Australian Basketball League
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FormerlySouth Eastern Basketball League
1981–1987
South East Australian Basketball League
1988–1991
Continental Basketball Association
1992–1993
CBA South/East
1994–1998
ABA South/East
1999–2001
South East Australian Basketball League
2002–2018
SportBasketball
Founded1981
Inaugural season1981
Ceased2018
Replaced byNBL1
CountryAustralia
Most titlesM: Bendigo Braves (7 conference titles)
W: Dandenong Rangers (8 titles)
Official websiteSEABL.com.au

HistoryEdit

The SEABL was first introduced as the South Eastern Basketball League (SEBL) in 1981, with the long-standing South and East conferences later established in 1986.[1] In 1988, the SEBL was renamed the South East Australian Basketball League, and in 1990, a women's competition was introduced.[2] In 1992, the SEABL was renamed the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). The early history of the SEABL and what became known as the Australian Basketball Association (ABA) was one in the same between 1981 and 1993, prior to the CBA's introduction of a North conference from Queensland in 1994. By 2001, the ABA had six conferences, and in 2002, the South and East conferences became known as the South East Australian Basketball League again.[3] Season 2008 marked the final year of the long-standing ABA National Finals series, with the ABA ceasing operations in 2009 and leaving the SEABL as an independent league. In 2012, the women's competition was divided into two conferences for the first time.[4]

After 32 seasons (1986–2017) of South and East conferences, the SEABL merged the two conferences in both the men's and women's competitions in 2018. Following the 2018 season, the SEABL was disbanded in favour of a new Victorian-based competition known as NBL1.[5]

League championshipsEdit

MenEdit

Teams Conference Champions Teams League Champions
  Year(s) won   Year(s) won
Bendigo Braves 7 1988, 1990, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016 Mount Gambier Pioneers 3 2014, 2015, 2017
Knox Raiders 6 1991, 1994, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009 Geelong Supercats 2 1981, 2010
Frankston Blues 6 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2009 Bulleen Boomers 2 1984, 1990
Mount Gambier Pioneers 6 2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Bendigo Braves 2 1988, 2016
Dandenong Rangers 6 1986, 1997, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2017 Knox Raiders 2 1991, 2009
Ballarat Miners 5 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2001 Hobart Chargers 2 2008, 2018
Hobart Chargers 5 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2008 Frankston Blues 1 1982
Geelong Supercats 5 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 Melbourne Tigers 1 1983
Nunawading Spectres 3 1995, 2011, 2014 Kilsyth Cobras 1 1985
Albury Wodonga Bandits 3 2001, 2012, 2015 Newcastle Hunters 1 1986
Bulleen Boomers 2 1988, 1989 Adelaide Buffalos 1 1987
North-West Tasmania Thunder 2 1996, 2004 Ballarat Miners 1 1989
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 Nunawading Spectres 1 2011
Sydney City Comets 1 1993 Albury Wodonga Bandits 1 2012
Broadmeadows Broncos 1 1994 Dandenong Rangers 1 2013
Kilsyth Cobras 1 1999
AIS / BA Centre of Excellence 1 2002
Canberra Gunners 1 2003

WomenEdit

Teams   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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SEBL Ladders 1981–1993". angelfire.com. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  2. ^ "HISTORIC MOVE FOR AUSTRALIAN BASKETBALL". Basketball.net.au. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ "SEABL – UNIQUELY POSITIONED". seabl.com.au. Archived from the original on 9 December 2002.
  4. ^ Brehaut, David (6 December 2011). "SEABL; Ballarat double header to launch 2012 season". TheCourier.com.au. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ Ward, Roy (31 October 2018). "Basketball Victoria announces new elite league to replace SEABL". SMH.com.au. Retrieved 11 November 2018.

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