A new era of elite level basketball has arrived, the Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres today announced as one of 18 foundation clubs/associations set to launch in the new Elite League (official league name to be announced at a later date) established by Basketball Victoria.
“It’s an exciting time for basketball and more specifically our Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres teams,” Nunawading Basketball Operations Manager Paul Flynn said.
“The Elite League presents us with a fantastic platform to strengthen our engagement opportunities across the basketball community, with existing, re-kindled and new rivalries all on the set to feature in 2019.”
“The Spectres will continue to play in the best league outside of the NBL and WNBL. We strongly believe in providing that pathway for our players and look forward to showcasing our talents against some of the strongest associations in Australia.”
Nunawading will be joined in the Elite League by; Albury-Wodonga, Ballarat, Bendigo, BA CoE, Dandenong, Diamond Valley, Eltham, Frankston, Geelong, Hobart, Kilsyth, Knox, Melbourne, North West Tasmania/Launceston, Ringwood, Sandringham and Waverley.
“Basketball Victoria would like to congratulate the foundation licence holders of the Senior Elite League,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said.
“These teams will form an exciting, new league that offers extensive playing opportunities to high-calibre athletes throughout Victoria, Tasmania and for Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence scholarship holders.”
“Throughout metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria and Tasmania, players can aspire to be part of this elite competition and we look forward to creating the number one option for winter basketball in Australia.
“Our efforts will ensure this league captures the attention of the basketball community and be aspirational for those who want to join this competition.
The Elite League will operate in place of the South East Australian Basketball League, Basketball Australia formally moving to dissolve the SEABL in favor of establishing a National Club Championship (beginning 2020) featuring the top ranked teams from each State’s elite league.
The Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres will begin making roster announcements in the near future, as both the men and women look to build on the success of their 2018 seasons.