University of Canberra Capitals
The University of Canberra Capitals are an Australian professional women's basketball team competing in the Women's National Basketball League. The team is based in Australian Capital Territory. In 2014 the University of Canberra Union took control of the Capitals from Basketball ACT; the University of Canberra is the current naming rights sponsor for the Capitals. Founded in 1984, the Capitals first competed in the WNBL in the 1986 season after winning the Australian Women’s Basketball Conference in 1985. After struggling to make an impact on the competition for more than a decade, the club became one of the dominant teams in the Australian WNBL competition in 1999, due in part to the ascension of one of the greatest female players in the world Lauren Jackson and coach Carrie Graf, they have won the WNBL Grand Final in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 and were runners up in 2001 and 2011. After 13 seasons of struggle at the bottom end of the WNBL table, the Capitals qualified for the WNBL Grand Final for the first time in the 1999/00 season, defeating the Adelaide Lightning in South Australia.
Since that time the Capitals have remained a perennial force in the WNBL despite the significant turnover in playing personnel over the past 15 seasons. The Capitals have competed in 10 Grand Finals, winning 8: In 1992 the Canberra City Group Capitals made the WNBL finals for the first time since their inception in 1984; the team finished 4th in the 11 team competition under coach Jerry Lee, with an 11-9 win/loss record. Jodie Murphy was named the top shooter in the WNBL for the season with 17.9 ppg and made the WNBL All Star Five alongside Michelle Timms, Allison Cook, Michelle Brogan and Rachael Sporn. Shooting guard Narelle Fletcher ranked 3rd in the league in 3 point percentage, shooting 37% for the season; the team was knocked out in the Preliminary Final by the 3rd placed Dandenong Rangers 75-65. After some success in 1992, hopes were high in 1993 for the Capitals to become a premiership contender under new coach Tad Duffelmeir; these hopes increased with the recruitment of 196 cm Ukrainian centre Diana Sadovnikova in round 6 of the competition.
The Capitals were unable to find stability with the rest of the team and were unable to replicate their form from the previous season. The Capitals finished 7th in the 10 team league with a 7-11 win/loss record; the Capitals once again hired Jerry Lee as their head coach for the 1994 season, hoping to replicate their finals experience two years earlier. They signed another European import. Despite the return of Lee and the two European imports the team still struggled for consistency, again finishing with a 7-11 record leaving them in 7th spot in the 10 team league. Canberra started the 1995 season with Michelle Wall, they lost the services of their two European imports Diana Sadovnikova and Joulia Goureeva who both departed to play for the Dandenong Rangers. The Capitals recruited forward/centre Latonya McGhee from the University of Florida, who finished went on to average 17.2 ppg and 10.4 rpg and guard Cherie Hogg who returned to Australia after a two-year stint playing for the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Despite the good form of the new recruits the team still finished 6th in the league with an 8-10 win/loss record. 1996 saw Kerryn Owens lead from the point guard position. Cheree Hogg departed for her hometown team Adelaide Lightning and Capitals lost McGhee, who returned to the U. S. To add experience to a young team the Capitals signed Opals forward Fiona Robinson from Perth. Robinson went on to average 17.8 ppg and 7.5 rpg and was selected in the Opals team and won a bronze medal for Australia at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Joulia Goureeva returned to the Capitals from Dandenong; the addition of Robinson and New Zealand guard Kim Wielens was not enough for the Capitals however as they finished 8th in the league with a 5-13 win/loss record. The Capitals improved in 1997 narrowly missing out on a finals spot; the club signed American import Tanya Haave who combined well with Co-Captains Owens and Robinson, with the trio scoring an average of 40+ points per game between them. The club added small forward Eleanor Sharp and AIS graduate guard Kellie Abrams to the squad.
Haave proved to be a good recruit for the club and was named team MVP for the season and the team finished equal 6th with Brisbane, just missing out on a top 5 finals spot with a 6-12 win/loss record. The Capitals lost their three leading scorers, Fiona Robinson, Tanya Haave and Kerryn Owens for the 1998 season. Robinson quit the WNBL to represent Australia in European Handball prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, while Haave continued her career with Swedish team Sätila SK, Owens was recruited to play in Holland; as a result, the team struggled to remain competitive, finishing second last in the competition with a 2-10 win/loss record, beating only the winless Brisbane. Thankfully the season was a shortened one, as the WNBL switched to a summer league that year. In 1998/99 the WNBL switched to a summer competition for the first time; the season signalled the beginning of a turnaround for the Capitals program. The club secured Opals shooting guard Shelley Sandie who returned to the WNBL after the collapse of the US ABL league.
Sandie combined with new centre/forward Karen Smith to make the Capitals a competitive team, however the club still finished last with a 4-17 record. Sandie was honoured with a WNBL life membership and was named in the WNBL All Star Five at the end of the
Bendigo Spirit is one of three Victorian basketball teams in the Australian Women's National Basketball League. The team, based in the regional city of Bendigo, joined the competition from the 2007/08 season. Notable past and current players for the team include World Championship winner Kristi Harrower, Canadian national team member Chelsea Aubry and Kelsey Griffin; the Bendigo Spirit were formed in 2007 and started playing out of Bendigo Stadium, the first side based in regional Victoria. Coached by Bernie Harrower, the team was led by his daughter, Australian Opal and captain, Kristi Harrower; the Spirit have won the WNBL Championship twice led by the likes of Harrower, Gabrielle Richards, Kelly Wilson as well as imports Chelsea Aubry and the now naturalised, Kelsey Griffin. Source: Bendigo Spirit Official WNBL Team Site Bendigo Spirit official website
The Queensland Fire are the women's representative cricket team for Queensland and they compete in the Women's National Cricket League. The Fire has played 104 matches for 1 tie, 4 no results and 63 losses. Players with international caps are listed in bold. WNCL Titles: 0 WNCL Runners-up: 2 Queensland Cricket Queensland Bulls The Homepage of Queensland Cricket The Homepage of the Brisbane Cricket Ground
National Basketball League (New Zealand)
The National Basketball League is the pre-eminent semi-professional men's basketball league in New Zealand. Nine teams will compete in the 2019 season, with teams based in Auckland, Invercargill, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Wellington, as well as for the first time in league history, an Australian team based in Tasmania. Despite financial woes forcing a number of teams over the past decade to fold, the quality of play in the league continues to improve, evidenced by more New Zealand players going on to play in the Australian National Basketball League and college basketball in the United States; some have gone on further to make the NBA, such as Kirk Penney and Steven Adams. The league has a limit of three imports per team with many of the imports coming from the United States; the league only allows one naturalised New Zealand player per team. In the league's early days, Auckland and Canterbury dominated the competition. By the mid-1990s, Auckland and Nelson were the teams to beat, with New Zealand basketball legends Pero Cameron and Phill Jones dominating during this era for Auckland and Nelson, respectively.
Auckland and Waikato dominated during the 2000s, but with Auckland's departure following the 2012 season, the door was left open for Wellington and Southland to fill the void of the league's premier teams. Through the 1970s, basketball games in New Zealand were organised between neighbouring representative teams, or in annual tournaments organised as club or provincial national tournaments. Other competitions were held during Easter tournaments or in small regional leagues; the Countrywide Basketball League began in 1982 in response to a need for consistent and quality competition on a semi-professional basis, to match the structure and improvements occurring in Australia. Tall Blacks such as Stan Hill, Dave Edmonds, Glen Denham, Byron Vaetoe, Peter Pokai and Tony Smith were important cogs during the early years of the competition. However, Americans dominated the league during the 1980s. Imported players like Clyde Huntley, Angelo Hill, Frank Smith, Kerry Boagni, Willie Burton, Ronnie Joyner, Benny Anthony and Tony Brown, Kenny McFadden added a level of sophistication and style to the Kiwi basketball scene.
The big city teams such as Auckland and Wellington dominated in the early years, but when the Hutt Valley Lakers won 1991 and 1993, the star players began to spread out. The Nelson Giants won their first championship in 1994 and Auckland became the first team to win three titles in a row from 1995–97. After the Waitakere Rangers, Hutt Valley Lakers and Northland Suns left in the late 1990s, the league's level of competitiveness took a hit; the mid-1990s saw a shift in the skill level of the New Zealand players. Star players like Pero Cameron and Phill Jones began to lead their respective squads to success, as teams began to rely more on New Zealanders than before. By the early 2000s, the league implemented the one-import rule so as to limit the American domination on the league, with the formation of the New Zealand Breakers in 2003, Kiwi players found an incentive to continue playing in the NZNBL in hopes of being rewarded with an ANBL contract. Players like Pero Cameron, Phill Jones, Dillon Boucher, Lindsay Tait, Mika Vukona, Pāora Winitana and Paul Henare became household names in New Zealand and Australian basketball circles.
Auckland Pirates Auckland Stars Centrals Christchurch Cougars Harbour Heat Hutt Valley Lakers Northland Suns Otago Nuggets Ponsonby Porirua Waikato Pistons Waitemata There are two categories of players in the NZNBL: Non-Restricted Player – players eligible to play for New Zealand in FIBA competitions Restricted Player – a player, not eligible to play for New ZealandBasketball New Zealand believes that the NZNBL is much a part of the player pathway for New Zealand players, where Tall Blacks and potential Tall Blacks can play and develop as players. For that reason, it is intended that NZNBL teams have a majority of players that are able to represent New Zealand. In March 2016, Basketball New Zealand, the NZNBL, New Zealand Media and Entertainment announced that two weekly NBL games will be livestreamed free of charge on NZHerald.co.nz throughout the 2016 season. In December 2016, NZME joined forces with Basketball New Zealand and Maori Television in a new media partnership for the 2017 season.
NZME announced they would continue to build on the success of the 2016 live streaming in 2017 with at least two games a week to be livestreamed on NZHerald.co.nz, as well as all games during the Final Four weekend. In addition, Maori Television will televise free to air live coverage of a NBL game every Sunday afternoon at 3pm, for the duration of the competition, live coverage of the Final Four weekend consisting of the Semi Finals and Final. Maori Television will show delayed coverage of a second game every week on a Saturday afternoon during the season. During their time in the competition, the Auckland Stars were the benchmark of the NBL, their 9 titles was a league record until Wellington won their 10th title in 2017. Next best is Canterbury and Waikato with 4 Nelson and Southland, Hutt Valley, Hawke's Bay, Auckland Pirates. Most Valuable Player NZ Most Valuable Player Finals MVP Most Outstanding Guard Most Outstanding NZ Guard Most Outstanding Forward Most Outstanding NZ Forward/Centre Scoring Champion Rebounding Champion Assist Champion Rookie of the Year Coach of the Year All-Star Five Best Team Free Throws Australian National Basketball League Conference Basketball League – defunct se
The Brisbane Heat are an Australian men's professional twenty20 cricket team that competes in the Big Bash League. The Heat are based in Brisbane in the Australian state Queensland, their home ground is the Brisbane Cricket Ground. In their second season, they won the Big Bash League for the first time and thus qualified for the Champions League Twenty20. Players with international caps are in bold; the team lost their first four matches, but – still with an outside chance to reach the semi-finals – won their last three matches and were just eliminated in the last match. Brendon McCullum missed some matches as he was playing HRV Cup in New Zealand while Daniel Vettori missed few games because of injury while the original captain James Hopes missed the whole tournament because of injury; the team ended fifth out of eight on the points table. Brisbane Heat defeated the Perth Scorchers in the 2012/13 Big Bash League final; the match was played at the WACA Ground on 19 January 2013. Captain James Hopes was unable to play due to injury.
Vice-captain Chris Hartley won the toss, elected to bat first. Joe Burns top scored for Brisbane with 43 runs off 27 balls, in a total of 167 for the loss of five wickets. Jason Behrendorff took 2 wickets for the Scorchers. In reply, Perth Scorchers scored 133 for the loss of nine wickets from their 20 overs, losing by 34 runs. Adam Voges was the highest scorer with 49 runs from 32 deliveries. Barbadian Kemar Roach took 3 wickets for 18 runs. Nathan Hauritz was named man of the match after bowling three overs for 11 runs and taking three catches; the team started well. However, they lost out in many close matches over the course of the season; the Heat struggled but. There were good signs for the Heat as Cameron Gannon led all BBL wicket-takers, snaring 18 wickets at an average of less than 12 – with best bowling of 4–10. Daniel Vettori was miserly with the ball, going for just over six an over and picking up 7 wickets. Chris Lynn was the best of the batsman scoring 198 runs followed by Dan Christian who made 186 runs at an average of 46.5.
Brisbane Heat finished last in the league, with a record of 2–6, which led to the resignation of Stuart Law as coach, James Hopes as captain. Brisbane Heat were the first team to win the wooden spoon, besides the Sydney Thunder, who won the spoon in the first 3 seasons of the BBL. Following the retirement of Daniel Vettori's playing career, he signed a 3-year contract to become the coach of the franchise. Following the retirement of Brendon McCullum's international playing career, he returns as a fulltime participant for the Heat for his second stint for the franchise, this time as captain, he took no part last season due to BBL coincided with the final matches of his international career. Big Bash: Champions: 2012–13 Runners-Up: Minor Premiers: Finals Series Appearances: 2012–13, 2016–17 Wooden Spoons: 2014–15 Champions League Twenty20: Champions: Runners-Up: Appearances: 2013 Brendon McCullum – New Zealand Roelof van der Merwe – Netherlands/South Africa Daniel Vettori – New Zealand Thisara Perera – Sri Lanka Kemar Roach – West Indies Dale Steyn – South Africa Craig Kieswetter – England Andrew Flintoff – England Stephen Parry – England Samuel Badree – West Indies Lendl Simmons – West Indies Tymal Mills - England Shadab Khan – Pakistan Yasir Shah – Pakistan Mujeeb Ur Rahman – Afghanistan += Did not play a game that season Big Bash League Queensland Cricket Queensland cricket team Official website
AFL Women's is Australia's national Australian rules football league for female players. The first season of the league began in February 2017 with 8 teams, expanded to 10 teams in the 2019 season, will expand to 14 teams in the 2020 season; the league is run by the Australian Football League and is contested by a subset of clubs from that competition. The reigning premiers are the Adelaide Crows. In 2010 the Australian Football League commissioned a report into the state of women's football around the country. Along with findings concerning grassroots and junior football, the report recommended the AFL Commission begin working toward the establishment of a national women's league. While the option of new stand-alone clubs was considered, a model utilising the resources and branding of existing AFL clubs was to be the preferred model for the planned league; the first on-field step towards the competition took place in 2013, when the AFL announced an exhibition match to be played between women's teams representing Melbourne and Western Bulldogs in June that year.
The historic match was won by Melbourne by 35 points. On 15 May 2013, the first women's draft was held, establishing the playing lists for the two clubs in the forthcoming exhibition match; the match was played on 29 June 2013 and marked the first time two women's sides had competed under the banners of AFL clubs. The exhibition series was repeated with one game between the clubs in 2014 and two in 2015, the last of which, played on 16 August 2015, was the first women's AFL game to be broadcast on free-to-air television, it attracted an average audience of 175,000 which outweighed the 114,000 average audience for the AFL men's clash between Adelaide and Essendon of the previous day. The success of these exhibition matches prompted the AFL to accelerate its plans for a nationwide women's competition, announcing a preferred start date of 2017. Prior to this, the league had announced only aspirational plans to have the women's competition established by 2020; the already-planned 2016 exhibition series was expanded at this time, with a total of ten matches to be played in venues across the country and featuring a range of new temporary representative teams.
In 2016, the AFL opened a process for existing clubs to tender applications to join the new competition. The eighteen clubs in the men's Australian Football League had until 29 April 2016 to place a bid for a licence, with thirteen clubs making bids; these were Adelaide, Carlton, Fremantle, Greater Western Sydney, North Melbourne, Richmond, St Kilda, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs. The AFL's preferred distribution of clubs was four clubs from Victoria and one each from New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia; the inaugural teams were announced on 8 June 2016. As the only teams to bid in their respective states, Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney were granted licences to compete in 2017. Both Western Australian clubs made bids, with Fremantle's bid chosen ahead of West Coast's. Eight Victorian clubs made bids: Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and Collingwood were successful, with Geelong, North Melbourne, Richmond and St Kilda unsuccessful. All five unsuccessful bidders were granted provisional licences.
Details about the branding of the league were released in the second half of 2016. The AFL announced that the league would be named "AFL Women's" or AFLW for short, on 15 September 2016, with the logo being unveiled on 19 September 2016; the logo is a stylised rendition of an Australian rules football ground goal square and goal posts, drawn from a perspective which shows a "W". On 10 October 2016, the National Australia Bank was named as the league's naming rights sponsor; the first premiership game was played on 3 February 2017 at Princes Park. The AFL had planned to host the game at Melbourne's Olympic Park Oval, with a capacity of just 7,000, but was forced to change the venue to Princes Park due to overwhelming interest and a lack of adequate seating; the match was deemed a "lockout" with a capacity crowd of 24,568 in attendance, with a few thousand estimated to have been waiting outside. As a result, Gillon McLachlan, the AFL's CEO apologised to those who missed out; the game was a great success on TV, attracting a national TV audience of 896,000 including 593,000 metropolitan free-to-air viewers, 180,000 regional free-to-air viewers and 123,000 on Fox Footy.
The Melbourne metropolitan audience of 424,000 was on par with that of Friday night AFL men's matches. The inaugural season concluded with the Grand Final held on Saturday, 25 March 2017; the Adelaide Crows were crowned the league's first premiers after defeating minor premiers the Brisbane Lions. The scoreline read. Brisbane 4.5. Expansion of the competition first occurred in 2019 and is set to expand again in 2020. By the end of 2020, the competition will grow by 6 teams; the ten AFL clubs not participating in the competition were invited to bid for inclusion, with priority given to the five clubs that unsuccessfully bid to participate in the inaugural season. The deadline to lodge submissions was 16 June 2017; the only clubs not to bid were Sydney. North Melbourne worked with AFL Tasmania to craft its bid, with the club aiming to play home matches in Melbourne and Launceston, has a target to select half of the playing list from Tasmania. A final decision on which clubs are admitted to the competition was expected by the end of July 2017 but was delayed several times to September 2017.
On 27 September 2017, the AFL announced that North Melbourne and Geelong had been selected to come into the competition in 2019. North Melbourne retained its co
Australian Football League
The Australian Football League is the pre-eminent professional competition of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL serves as the sport's governing body, is responsible for controlling the laws of the game; the league was founded as the Victorian Football League as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association, with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Comprising only teams based in the Australian state of Victoria, the competition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s; the league consists of 18 teams spread over five of Australia's six states. Matches have been played in all states and mainland territories of Australia, as well as in New Zealand and China to promote the sport abroad; the AFL season consists of a pre-season competition, followed by a 23-round regular season, which runs during the Australian winter. The team with the best record after the home-and-away series is awarded the "minor premiership."
The top eight teams play off in a four-round finals series, culminating in the AFL Grand Final, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground each year. The grand final winner is termed the "premiers", is awarded the premiership cup; the current premiers are the West Coast Eagles. The Victorian Football Association was established in 1877 and went on to become Victoria's major Australian rules football competition. During the 1890s, an off-field power struggle occurred between the VFA's stronger and weaker clubs, the former seeking greater administrative control commensurate with their relative financial contribution to the game; this came to a head in 1896 when it was proposed that gate profits, which were always lower in matches involving the weaker clubs, be shared amongst all teams in the VFA. After it was intimated that the proposal would be put to a vote, six of the strongest clubs—Collingwood, Fitzroy, Geelong and South Melbourne—seceded from the VFA, invited Carlton and St Kilda to join them in founding a new competition, the Victorian Football League.
The remaining VFA clubs—Footscray, North Melbourne, Port Melbourne and Williamstown—were given the opportunity to compete as a junior sides at a level beneath the VFL, but rejected the offer and remained for the 1897 VFA season. The VFL's inaugural season occurred in 1897, it made several innovations early on to entice the public's interest, including an annual finals tournament, rather than awarding the premiership to the team with the best record through the season. Although the VFL and the VFA continued to compete for spectator interest for many years, the VFL established itself as the premier competition in Victoria. In 1908, the league expanded to ten teams, with Richmond crossing from the VFA and University Football Club from the Metropolitan Football Association. University, after three promising seasons, finished last each year from 1911 until 1914, including losing 51 matches in a row; as a result, the club withdrew from the VFL at the end of 1914. Beginning sporadically during the late 1890s and from 1907 until World War I, the VFL premier and the premier of the South Australian Football League met in a playoff match for the Championship of Australia.
South Australia's Port Adelaide was the most successful club of the competition winning three titles during the period along with an earlier victory. In 1925, the VFL expanded from nine teams to twelve, with Footscray and North Melbourne each crossing from the VFA. North Melbourne and Hawthorn remained weak in the VFL for a long period. Although North Melbourne would become the first of the 1925 expansion sides to reach a Grand Final in 1950 it was Footscray that adapted to the VFL with the most ease of the three clubs, by 1928 were well off the bottom of the ladder. Between the years of 1927 and 1930, Collingwood became the first, only VFL team, to win four successive Premierships. In 1952, the VFL hosted ` National Day'. Matches were played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Brisbane Exhibition Ground, North Hobart Oval, Albury Sports Ground and Victorian country towns Yallourn and Euroa. Footscray became the first of the 1925 expansion teams to win the premiership in 1954. Melbourne became a powerhouse during the 1950s and early 1960s under coach Norm Smith and star player Ron Barassi.
The club contested seven consecutive grand finals from 1954 to 1960, winning five premierships, including three in a row from 1955 to 1957. Television coverage began with direct telecasts of the final quarter permitted. At first, several channels competed through broadcasting different games. However, when the VFL found that television was reducing crowds, it decided that no coverage was to be allowed for 1960. In 1961, replays were introduced although direct telecasts were permitted in Melbourne. In 1959, the VFL planned the first purpose built mega-stadium, VFL Park, to give it some independence from the Melbourne Crick