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Conference Basketball League

Conference Basketball League (CBL)
Basketball New Zealand logo
Sport Basketball
Inaugural season 1981
Country  New Zealand
Continent FIBA Oceania (Oceania)
Ceased 2010
Related competitions New Zealand NBL
Level on pyramid 2
Official website CBL

The Conference Basketball League (CBL) was a second-tiered men's semi-professional basketball league in New Zealand. It sat under the National Basketball League (NBL) as a development league from 1981 to 2008 until taking a break in 2009 and being replaced by the Conference Basketball League Zone 1 which ran in the Auckland Region. The initial CBL returned in 2010 in a diminished form and later ceased to operate after that. The CBL Zone 1 continued to operate in the years after but was later replaced with new competitions such as the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam and the National Basketball Championships (NBC).


  • History 1
  • List of Champions 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


In 1981, the Conference Basketball League (CBL) was born, becoming the first national competition in New Zealand. Prior to 1981, games were organised between neighbouring representative teams, or in annual tournaments organised as club or provincial national tournaments. Other competitions were also held during Easter tournaments or in small regional leagues. However, the following year, the National Basketball League (NBL) was established and the CBL became a feeder league to the NBL. Future NBL powerhouse team, the Wellington Saints, started off in the CBL where they won the 1982 league title, which promoted them to the NBL. Other teams like New Plymouth, Otago, Hutt Valley, Northland, Southland, Palmerston North and Napier also started in the CBL before joining the NBL. The CBL often acted as a development league in which NBL teams would have young players compete in the CBL with an affiliated junior team.

After Basketball New Zealand decided not to host the CBL in 2009 for the first time in league history, North Harbour Basketball Association took on the responsibility. However, the competition was predominantly run in the North Harbour area and was a Zone 1 competition, meaning the teams were made up from associations within and around the Auckland Region.[1] In 2010, Basketball New Zealand re-launched the initial CBL brand and ran a five-day competition with the assistance of the Porirua Basketball Association.[2] Despite Basketball New Zealand's running of the CBL, the CBL Zone 1 was also held in 2010 under the name of the Supercity Basketball Competition.[3][4] Basketball New Zealand again disbanded the CBL in 2011, but the Zone 1 competition continued to operate for a further two years under the name of the Senior Intercity Competition until in 2013, the inaugural Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam was held in Auckland during the NBL off-season.[5] The following year, Basketball New Zealand introduced the National Basketball Championship (NBC) as their newest competition.[6]

List of Champions

Year CBL Champion Runner-up
1981 Otago New Plymouth
1982 Exchequer Saints (Northern) & Napier Sunhawks (Invitation) Burroughs Karori (Northern & Invitation)
1983 Hamilton (Northern) & Burroughs Karori (Southern) New Plymouth (Northern) & Otago (Southern)
1984 New Plymouth Palmerston North
1985 Truth North Shore (Northern) & Otago (Southern) Waitemata (Northern) & Wanganui Wolfpack (Southern)
1986 Rotorua (Northern) & Wanganui (Southern) Cable Price Whangarei (Northern) & Otago (Southern)
Year CBL Champion Result Runner-up MVP
1987 Waitemata Abbey Mazda Northland
1988 Palmerston North Wainuiomata
1989 Hutt Valley Lakers Porirua
1990 Wairarapa Nelson Suns
1991 Mobil Marters Northland Hawera Hornets
1992 New Plymouth Mobil Marters Northland
1993 Rotorua Runnin' Rebels Checkers Canterbury
1994 Mobil Marters Northland Rotorua Runnin' Rebels
1995 Southland Sharks Rotorua Runnin' Rebels
1996 Waitakere Rangers Hibiscus Flash
1997 North Otago Penguins TransAlta Wellington
1998 Southland Sharks North Otago Penguins
1999 North Otago Penguins Masonic Hawks
2000 North Otago Penguins 83 – 71 Kaikoura Whale Riders Leonard King (North Otago)[7]
2001 Kaikoura Whale Riders Wellington College Saints[8]
2002 Taranaki Stormers 85 – 81 Kaikoura Whale Riders Willie Banks (Taranaki)[9]
2003 Canterbury Knights 80 – 69 Hutt Valley Boyd Smart (Canterbury)[10]
2004 Counties Manukau Spartans 81 – 77 Hutt Valley Glynn Turner (Counties Manukau)[11]
2005 Waikato Red 91 – 74 Hutt Valley Earl Smith (Waikato)[12]
2006 Waikato Titans 96 – 81 Waitakere Rangers David Burgess (Waikato)[13]
2007 Waikato Titans 94 – 92 Porirua Mason Le Pou (Waikato)[14][15]
2008 Wellington Saints 90 – 84 Waikato Titans Arthur Trousdell (Wellington)[16]
2009 Not held
2010 Hutt Valley 111 – 95 Porirua Leon Henry (Hutt Valley)[17]
Year Zone 1 Champion Result Runner-up
2009 Harbour Heat Reserves 110 – 93 AUT[18]
2010 Breakers Academy 72 – 58 Waitakere[3]
2011 Waitakere West Harbour Heat Reserves
2012 Waitakere West 78 – 67 Northland Suns[19][20]


  1. ^ "CBL Zone 1 2009". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "2010 Conference Basketball League" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "SuperCity Basketball Championships". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Team look on the sunny side". 8 July 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam 2013". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "NBC LAUNCHED THIS WEEK". 10 November 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "2000 Conference Basketball League". Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "2001 Conference Basketball League". Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "2002 Conference Basketball League". Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "2003 Conference Basketball League". Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "2004 Conference Basketball League". Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "2005 Conference Basketball League". Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "2006 Conference Basketball League". Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "2007 Conference Basketball League – Finals". Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Titans CBL Three-peat". 28 August 2007. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. 
  16. ^ "2008 Annual Results" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Hutt Take Title". 30 July 2010. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Harbour Heat reserves - 2009 CBL Champoins(sic)". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Waitakere West winning the 2012 Senior Intercity Competition". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Breakers Academy 4th In Conference Basketball League". 16 October 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 

External links

  • CBL 2009
  • CBL Zone 1 2009
  • Senior Intercity Competition 2011
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