Basketball Australia (BA) acting CEO Paul Maley, yesterdayformally announced that the BA Board have determined to dissolve the South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL).  BA will now focus on supporting a new competition framework,featuring improved state-run leagues and plans to develop and implement a National Senior Club Championship, beginning in 2020.

This announcement cleared the way for Basketball Victoria to formally announce who were the successful clubs that have been awarded licences to play in their elite competition (14 former-SEABL teams and 4 Big V Championship teams). The Melbourne Tigers is pleased to announce it was one of the 18 clubs that have been granted licences as foundation members.

Melbourne Tigers pioneer, Lindsay Gaze said he was excited by the new league and with the potential to expand to a national series.

On behalf of the newly established Melbourne Tigers (Senior Program) Board, President Joel Williams would like to congratulate Basketball Victoria and in particular CEO Nick Honey, for the manner in which they have been working with each of the clubs to establish this competition, in what has been a very short time frame.

The Melbourne Tigers are committed to putting on a great show and are exited for what next season holds.  Thank you to of all our supporters and sponsors for staying with us and now, lets look forward to game time – Go Tigers!

See below for the full list of foundation teams and the Basketball Victoria release:

 VICTORIAN MANAGED – SENIOR ELITE LEAGUE – 2019 FOUNDATION TEAMS

Albury-Wodonga
Ballarat
Bendigo
Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence
Dandenong
Diamond Valley
Eltham
Frankston
Geelong
Hobart
Kilsyth
Knox
Melbourne Tigers
North West Thunder / Launceston (co-licencees)
Nunawading
Ringwood
Sandringham
Waverley

Following an extensive review of applications by the selection committee of the Victorian managed – Senior Elite League (official league name to be announced), Basketball Victoria can announce the foundation licence holders for the new league.

Set to tip off in 2019, these sides will form a high-calibre, invitational competition featuring elite players from across Victoria, Tasmania and beyond.

Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said the successful organisations will create a strong league set to attract premier talent for the upcoming winter basketball season.

“Basketball Victoria would like to congratulate the foundation licence holders of the Senior Elite League,” 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.

“On behalf of Basketball Victoria, I would like to thank all the organisations for their expressions of interest and detailed applications.”

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