Cockburn Cougars is a State Basketball League club based in Perth, Western Australia. The club fields a team in both the Men's SBL and Women's SBL; the club is a division of Cockburn Basketball Association, the major administrative basketball organisation in the City of Cockburn. The Cougars play their home games at Wally Hagan Stadium. Cockburn Basketball Association was established in 1972; 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. The women's team meanwhile reached four straight grand finals between 1983 and 1986, losing in close encounters all four years.1989 saw the formation of the State Basketball League with both a men's and women's competition. Cockburn, trading as the Cougars, entered a team into both the MSBL and WSBL. In 1992, the Cougars reached their first MSBL Grand Final and won their first championship with a 107–94 victory over the Souwest Slammers.
In 1993, the Cougars made their second straight MSBL Grand Final, where they were defeated 109–91 by the Wanneroo Wolves. In 1998, the Cougars won their first minor premiership with a 20 -- 4 record, they went on to reach their third MSBL Grand Final. In 2003, the Cougars finished first in the MSBL's seven-team South Conference with a 16–3 record, they went on to reach their fourth MSBL Grand Final, where they were defeated 76–72 by the Perry Lakes Hawks. 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. Success eluded the club until 2012. There they defeated the East Perth Eagles 105–72 behind a Grand Final MVP performance from import Jeremiah Wilson. In 2016, the Cougars were crowned minor premiers for the fourth time with a first-place finish and a 22–4 record, 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.
WSBL Championships: Nil Grand Final appearances: Nil Minor premierships: NilMSBL Championships: 3 Grand Final appearances: 6 Minor premierships: 4 To appear in this section a player must have either:- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player. - Played at least one official international match for his senior national team at any time. Clint Steindl Brandon Sebirumbi CBA's official website
Basketball in Australia
Basketball is a sport played both indoors and outdoors in Australia. Basketball is the number two sport globally with over 200 countries participating and over 450 million players. According to research by Sweeney Sports, one in three Australians has an interest in basketball. Furthermore, basketball is played by one million men, women and girls throughout Australia. According to Basketball Australia, as of March 2014, basketball is the second highest team participation sport in Australia. Basketball in Australia experienced a golden age in the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s, during which the National Basketball League saw its halcyon days. However, its popularity, media attention and corporate support deteriorated during the 2000s. Despite this, figures released by the Australian Sports Commission's Exercise and Sport Survey in 2010 showed that basketball was the most popular sport played in the state of Victoria; the first press reference to a game of basketball in Australia is from The Adelaide Advertiser.
The paper reported on Wednesday 17 February 1897 that the following Tuesday at the opening of Our Boys Institute, said to be the largest gymnasium in the colonies, OBI would play YMCA in the first exhibition of basketball in South Australia. There is no evidence of any game being played earlier elsewhere, thus the first game of basketball was played in Australia on Tuesday 23 February 1897; the game occurred six years after the invention of the sport on 21 December 1891 by Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. OBI and the YMCA continued to be at the forefront of the development of Adelaide basketball. More than 120 years basketball is one of the most popular participation sports in the country; the National Basketball League, which began in 1979, is the top-level men's basketball competition in Australia. The sport experienced rapid growth in the 1980s with the influx of American players.
National competition became popular in the major cities. By the late 1990s, basketball in Australia went into sharp decline. According to Adelaide 36ers championship coach Phil Smyth, Australian basketball administrators rested on their laurels during the 1990s. "They let the brand get damaged," Smyth said. "It's that old saying'if you keep doing the same thing over and over again hoping for a different result, you're a fool — and basketball was foolish." During the 2000s, interest in the NBL dwindled, with many teams folding, audience attendance fluctuating, the league's TV presence inconsistent. In 2015, a record number of Australians playing in the NBA led to a renewed popularity in the sport and showed Australians still loved basketball but were unsure about the national version; the Boomers are the men's basketball team. As of 2017, the Boomers have won 19 FIBA Oceania Championships, one FIBA Asia Cup and one Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in 2006, they have never placed at the Olympic Games or World Cup.
The women's national team is the Opals. They have won Olympic silver in 2000, 2004 and 2008, Olympic bronze in 1996 and 2012, as well as gold at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and bronze at the 1998, 2002 and 2014 World Cups. Basketball Australia official website NBL official website WNBL official website
Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres, the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic; the state has about 2.6 million inhabitants – around 11 percent of the national total – of whom the vast majority live in the south-west corner, 79 per cent of the population living in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated. The first European visitor to Western Australia was the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog, who visited the Western Australian coast in 1616; the first European settlement of Western Australia occurred following the landing by Major Edmund Lockyer on 26 December 1826 of an expedition on behalf of the New South Wales colonial government.
He established a convict-supported military garrison at King George III Sound, at present-day Albany, on 21 January 1827 formally took possession of the western third of the continent for the British Crown. This was followed by the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, including the site of the present-day capital, Perth. York was the first inland settlement in Western Australia. Situated 97 kilometres east of Perth, it was settled on 16 September 1831. Western Australia achieved responsible government in 1890 and federated with the other British colonies in Australia in 1901. Today, its economy relies on mining, agriculture and tourism; the state produces 46 per cent of Australia's exports. Western Australia is the second-largest iron ore producer in the world. Western Australia is bounded to the east by longitude 129°E, the meridian 129 degrees east of Greenwich, which defines the border with South Australia and the Northern Territory, bounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north.
The International Hydrographic Organization designates the body of water south of the continent as part of the Indian Ocean. The total length of the state's eastern border is 1,862 km. There are 20,781 km including 7,892 km of island coastline; the total land area occupied by the state is 2.5 million km2. The bulk of Western Australia consists of the old Yilgarn craton and Pilbara craton which merged with the Deccan Plateau of India and the Karoo and Zimbabwe cratons of Southern Africa, in the Archean Eon to form Ur, one of the oldest supercontinents on Earth. In May 2017, evidence of the earliest known life on land may have been found in 3.48-billion-year-old geyserite and other related mineral deposits uncovered in the Pilbara craton. Because the only mountain-building since has been of the Stirling Range with the rifting from Antarctica, the land is eroded and ancient, with no part of the state above 1,245 metres AHD. Most of the state is a low plateau with an average elevation of about 400 metres low relief, no surface runoff.
This descends sharply to the coastal plains, in some cases forming a sharp escarpment. The extreme age of the landscape has meant that the soils are remarkably infertile and laterised. Soils derived from granitic bedrock contain an order of magnitude less available phosphorus and only half as much nitrogen as soils in comparable climates in other continents. Soils derived from extensive sandplains or ironstone are less fertile, nearly devoid of soluble phosphate and deficient in zinc, copper and sometimes potassium and calcium; the infertility of most of the soils has required heavy application by farmers of fertilizers. These have resulted in damage to bacterial populations; the grazing and use of hoofed mammals and heavy machinery through the years have resulted in compaction of soils and great damage to the fragile soils. Large-scale land clearing for agriculture has damaged habitats for native fauna; as a result, the South West region of the state has a higher concentration of rare, threatened or endangered flora and fauna than many areas of Australia, making it one of the world's biodiversity "hot spots".
Large areas of the state's wheatbelt region have problems with dryland salinity and the loss of fresh water. The southwest coastal area has a Mediterranean climate, it was heavily forested, including large stands of karri, one of the tallest trees in the world. This agricultural region is one of the nine most bio-diverse terrestrial habitats, with a higher proportion of endemic species than most other equivalent regions. Thanks to the offshore Leeuwin Current, the area is one of the top six regions for marine biodiversity and contains the most southerly coral reefs in the world. Average annual rainfall varies from 300 millimetres at the edge of the Wheatbelt region to 1,400 millimetres in the wettest areas near Northcliffe, but from November to March, evaporation exceeds rainfall, it is very dry. Plants are adapted to this as well as the extreme poverty of all soils; the central two-thirds of the state is sparsely inhabited. The only significant economic activity is mining. Annual rainfall averages less than 300 millimetres, most of which occurs in sporadic torrential falls related to cyclone events in summer.
An exception to this is
Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team
The Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team is the women's wheelchair basketball side that represents Australia in international competitions. The team is known as the Gliders; the team hasn't won a gold medal for Australia since it began competing at the 1992 Summer Paralympics, however it has won either the silver or bronze medal since the 2000 Summer Paralympics held in Sydney. Gliders finished 6th at the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship but did not qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics. Women's wheelchair basketball was first played at the 1968 Summer Paralympics in Tel Aviv, but Australia did not have a team that competed until 1992 in Barcelona; the 1996 Summer Paralympics were the first Paralympics basketball tournament to feature the three-wheeled wheelchair. Most of the women on the Australian team opted to use the traditional four-wheeled wheelchair. Prior to the start of the 1996 Paralympics, Australia was ranked third in the world after their bronze medal at the 1994 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship, behind first placed Canada and United States.
In lead up preparations for the games, the team toured Canada. Australia's women's team beat the American team at the Paralympics in pool play; this was viewed as significant by Australian women's wheelchair basketball fans and the Australian Paralympic Federation because the game was invented in America. It was the first time that the Australian women had defeated the Americans; the match had more significance because Australia needed to win it in order to stay in contention for a medal. Australia was down 21–16 at halftime. Australia went up with seven minutes left in the second half; the match finished with a score of 31–27 in Australia's favour. American Sharon Herbst was their team's start performer and she caused a number of problems for Australia's defence. During the game, several players were knocked out of their wheelchairs, including Australia's Melissa Ferrett; the Americans challenged the win, protesting because they believed the Australians were not wearing matching uniforms. Australia lost to Germany 34 -- 26 in pool play.
They lost to Canada in the semi-finals, going down 31–36. They played the Americans in the bronze medal match, losing 30–41; the team's top scorer in the competition was Liesl Tesch. In 1998, the team again won a bronze medal at the World Championships. In April and May 1999, the team was invited by the Kinki Wheelchair Basketball Association and the Japanese Wheelchair Basketball Federation to compete in a tournament in Japan to celebrate twenty-five years of wheelchair basketball in that country; the Australian team won every game they competed in, including three test matches against the Japanese team. The last test was played before Japan's royalty, Australia won 61-25; the team had an official team dinner with Emperor Akihito of Japan during this tour. The team won silver medals at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, with a bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships. Prior to the start of the 2008 Paralympics, the team was ranked fourth in the world.
They received this rank by beating New Zealand in the qualifying tournament for the games. In 2008, the team competed in the Osaka Cup, they earned a silver medal. The Gliders lost to the United States 20-52. After the Osaka Cup, the team competed in the Goodluck Beijing Test Event, where they won three matches and lost one against China; the team competed in the Joseph F. Lyttle World Basketball Challenge, where they finished third, they went to the United States and competed in the North America Cup, where they finished fourth. The team went back to China where they played five matches against China, where they went undefeated; the Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team at the 2012 Summer Paralympics consisted of twelve included nine veterans with 15 Paralympic Games between them: Bridie Kean, Amanda Carter, Sarah Stewart, Tina McKenzie, Kylie Gauci, Katie Hill, Cobi Crispin, Clare Nott and Shelley Chaplin. The Gliders, who had won silver in the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, but had never won gold, finished at the top of their pool in the group stage of the competition with victories over Brazil, Great Britain and the Netherlands.
They went on to win in the quarter final against Mexico and the semi final against the United States, only to lose to Germany in the final. 1992 – 4th 1996 – 4th 2000 – Silver 2004 – Silver 2008 – Bronze 2012 – Silver 2016 – did not qualify 1990 - 1994 – Bronze 1998 – Bronze 2002 – Bronze 2006 – 4th 2010 – 4th 2014 – 6th 2018 – 9th Team Members – Amanda Carter, Coralie Churchett, Sue Hobbs, Paula Coghlan, Lisa O'Nion, Donna Ritchie, Amanda Rose, Julie Russell, Sharon Slann, Liesl Tesch. Team Members – Julianne Adams, Amanda Carter, Paula Ewin, Melissa Ferrett, Alison Mosely, Lisa O'Nion, Donna Philp, Donna Ritchie, Amanda Rose, Sharon Slann, Liesl Tesch, Jane Webb. Team Members – Julianne Adams, Amanda Carter, Paula Coghlan, Mellissa Dunn, Karen Farrell, Alison Mosely, Lisa O'Nion, Donna Ritchie, Nadya Romeo, Sharon Slann, Liesl Tesch, Jane Webb.
2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
Separate men's and women's Wheelchair Basketball World Championship tournaments were held in 2014. The women's tournament was held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Canada between 20 and 28 June 2014, it was the largest women's wheelchair basketball world championship in history, with 12 national teams participating. Each team selected a squad of 12 players for the tournament. Inge Huitzing was named the most valuable player of the tournament, she was the tournament's top point scorer with an average of 21.8 points per game. Janet McLachlan, Katie Harnock, Rebecca Murray, Desiree Miller and Annika Zeyen were named to the All Star Five. In addition, each team was asked to nominate a player from their team who exemplified the principles of true sport; the True Sport award recipients were: Leanne Del Toso, Perla Assuncão, Katie Harnock, Yong Qing Fu, Emilie Menard, Annika Zeyen, Clare Griffiths, Kyoko Miura, Floralia Estrada, Cher Korver, Pilar Jauregui, Kimberly Champion. There were 12 women's teams competing.
Each team selected a squad of 12 players for the tournament. Athletes were given an eight-level-score specific to wheelchair basketball, ranging from 0.5 to 4.5. Lower scores represent a higher degree of disability; the sum score of all players on the court cannot exceed 14. Going into the tournament, the world rankings were: Germany Australia Netherlands United States China Canada Great Britain Mexico Brazil France The 12 teams qualified in a series of zone championships. No championship was held for the Africa zone, so its spot was allocated to the Americas. 11th vs 12th place game 9th vs 10th place game 1st Quarterfinal 2nd Quarterfinal 3rd Quarterfinal 4th Quarterfinal 1st Consolation 2nd Consolation 1st Semifinal 2nd Semifinal 7th vs 8th place game 5th vs 6th place game Bronze medal game Gold medal game 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women Official site of the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship at the Wayback Machine
State Basketball League
The State Basketball League is a semi-professional basketball league in Western Australia. The league comprises both a women's and men's competition and is run by the state's governing body, Basketball Western Australia; the league was founded in 1989 after Basketball Western Australia sought to expand their Perth-based District Competition. The SBL is one of six major state-based semi-professional leagues in Australia and sits under the country's two professional leagues—the NBL and WNBL; the State Basketball League originated in 1972 as the District Competition. The District Competition was introduced by the Western Australian Basketball Federation as an'elite' competition held on Friday nights, featuring eight Perth-based associations from the prominent districts of Perth, Swan Districts, Tangney/Willetton, East Perth, Cockburn and Claremont. In 1986, the competition was rebranded as the "State League"; this name continued in 1987, but 1987 was something of a watershed year for the WABF, as the entire structure of the game in Western Australia was being reconsidered.
A census in 1987 showed that 61 percent of WABF members were from country areas, so it was decided to try to include several country teams in the state's premier basketball league. The Perth Wildcats had a hugely successful season in 1987—reaching the NBL Grand Final in their first trip to the finals—attracting much television coverage, which saw basketball's popularity soar. In 1988, it was decided to form a State Basketball League for both men and women, to develop it into an elite, statewide competition as soon as possible; this meant seeking out private owners and attracting corporate sponsorship, so as to not burden the association. As part of basketball's development, the Western Australian Institute of Sport men's team was included in the SBL under Warren Kuhn. Simon Leunig, the WABF's development officer, was appointed general manager of the SBL, set about organising an expanded league for 1989, his marketing strategy paid off, three new franchises were established in country areas: the Rainbow Coast Raiders from Albany were the first, followed by the Geraldton-based Batavia Buccaneers and the Souwest Slammers from Bunbury.
The expanded SBL, limited to men's teams in 1989, was sponsored by McDonald's and Skywest, with a $65,000 grant from the State Government to help with travel costs. During the Australian summer, teams begin preparing for the upcoming season, as they host try-outs and trial games, reacquire the services of returning players, scout for overseas imports. By the end of February, most teams have had their imports arrive in Western Australia and begin training with the rest of the playing group. Import players are most recruited from the United States, with each team allowed two'restricted' players on their roster. While most teams sign two imports, some do choose to fill a restricted player spot with a NBL or WNBL player. In early March, the annual SBL Pre-Season Blitz tournament is held at Warwick Stadium; the tournament is held over a weekend and features all 26 teams competing in a number of exhibition games. During the regular season, each MSBL team plays 26 games, 13 each home and away. Games are played on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
Special weekend blockbusters happen every year, such as Easter Round and Anzac Round, with games being played on Easter Sunday and Anzac Day. Other special-occasion rounds include Rivalry Round and Heritage Round. Prior to 2017, the MSBL was one of only a few leagues in the world to use the 48-minute game format. To align the competition with all State Leagues across Australia, as well as the NBL and international events such as World Cups and the Olympics, Basketball Western Australia made the decision to have the MSBL play under the 40-minute game format in-line with FIBA for the 2017 season. In June, the regular season pauses to celebrate the annual North v South SBL All-Star games; the event is held on WA Day with all proceeds going to charity. In 2017, the League selected the starters for each side, while fans voted via Internet surveys to select the remaining five reserve spots. Both the WSBL and MSBL All-Star games are played between North South all-stars. At the end of each game, an All-Star Game MVP trophy is awarded to the best performing player.
Other attractions of the day include a Three-Point Shootout during half-time of both the WSBL and MSBL All-Star games. Around August, the regular season ends. Teams are ranked according to their win/loss ratio. If at the end of the regular season, two or more teams have an identical record positions are decided on a head-to-head basis. If they can not be split after that, than the for/against percentage is taken into account; the SBL Finals begins in early August and finishes in early September, with the top eight teams in each competition competing for their respective Championship. The first two rounds of the finals structure, the quarter-finals and semi-finals, are played using a best-of-three series; the higher ranked team hosts games one and three, plays game two away. Every year, Basketball Western Australia hosts an SBL Grand Final weekend at Bendat Basketball Centre to determine the champion teams of the WSBL and MSBL, with the WSBL championship game on the Friday night and the MSBL championship game on the Saturday night.
All Grand Finals have been played in a one-game championship de
FIBA Oceania is a zone within FIBA. It is one of FIBA's five continental confederations. FIBA Oceania is responsible for the organization and governance of the major international tournaments in Oceania, it has 22 FIBA Federations and is headquartered in Southport, Gold Coast, Australia. The current FIBA Oceania President is Burton Shipley from New Zealand, its prime events were the FIBA Oceania Championship for men and the FIBA Oceania Women's Championship. The men's championship, established in 1971, was dominated by Australia. Yet, on some occasions, New Zealand defeated its rival, first accomplished in 1978. Australia was more dominant in the women's tournament, first held in 1974. Both Oceania Championships held their last editions in 2015. Since FIBA Oceania and FIBA Asia national teams compete for a single championship for each sex—the men's FIBA Asia Cup and the FIBA Women's Asia Cup