New-look league launches in 2013

New-look league launches in 2013

Around 500 players will take to the courts under a new banner this year, with the launch of the Southern Basketball League (SBL), a competition complementing the state-wide Queensland Basketball League (QBL).

Formerly known as the QBL Development League (D-League), SBL provides an avenue for high- level competition for young developing players looking to move into the QBL, players at their pinnacle, and players who have stepped down from elite competition.

More than 25 men’s and women’s teams from South-East Queensland will compete in the SBL from May, with two separate divisions to be introduced to the league in 2014, to further enrich the competitive nature of the league.

Basketball Queensland Chief Executive Officer Graham Burns said the re-branding of the SBL was essential in recognising the full spectrum of player diversity in the competition, and would allow the league to cultivate a strong spectator following.

“This is an important development for senior basketball in Queensland, as the changes we have made to this league will give the SBL the appropriate recognition as a very strong and competitive league in its own right.

“In addition to the re-branding, this year we will be introducing a Coach of the Year award for both the men’s and women’s competition, which recognises the calibre of coaching talent players have available to them in the SBL.

“We are confident that the revamped SBL will drive more junior players to pursue their basketball careers in Queensland through the QBL and beyond, as well as encourage more experienced players to continue playing in what is one of the premier competitions in Australia.”