The 2018 SEABL men’s and women’s competition fixture has been released today with the opening round set to tip off April 6.
In a shortened season, both leagues will play 15 rounds with a bye after Round 9 and each team will play a total of 20 regular season games (ten home and ten away) before the Finals begin at the end of July with the Grand Finals played on August 18th.
Diamond Valley Basketball Association joins the league as the 18th club, introducing both a men’s and women’s team.
They will host their first home games on opening night, playing Victorian Country powerhouse Bendigo Braves in their debut.
The new look league structure has seen the removal of the conference system and introduction of a new ‘top eight’ qualifying system for finals with ladder position dictating the finals match-ups.
Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) will also play a full season and be eligible to play finals this season, the first time for the women and the first time since 2008 for the men.
The men’s competition will see rivalries rekindled when Ballarat and Bendigo meet in Round 14, last year’s Grand Final rematch taking place between Mt Gambier and Dandenong in Round 9 while the first game of the season pits Ballarat against Dandenong.
Other rivalries will continue in Round 2 when NW Tasmania line up against Hobart on April 14 as well as in Round 8 when Kilsyth host Nunawading on May 26th.
Continuing their tradition of an ANZAC Day game, Frankston will host Dandenong on April 25 to open Round 4.
In the women’s competition, the first game of the season will also see Ballarat face off against Dandenong while Geelong will unveil their Championship flag at home in round 1 against the Sydney Uni Sparks.
The Grand Final re-match won’t take place until Round 12 with Geelong travelling to Bendigo in their first meeting of the season while Sandringham will play Bendigo in Round 8, the first meeting between the two teams since coach Jonathan Goodman left Bendigo for the Sabres.
Click HERE for the full Men’s Fixture
Click HERE for the full Women’s Fixture