History of Div1/D-League

The Open category for men and women in the Western Australian Basketball League (WABL) is commonly and coequally known as Division 1 or D-League. Traditionally, teams at this level are made up of players included in the extended squads of State Basketball League (SBL) teams, now NBL1 West.

The competition was known as WABL Division 1 from as early as the mid 1990s until 2008. In 2009, the Division 1 name was dropped in favour of “Open”. From 2010 to 2016, the competition was known as WABL D-League.

In 2017, with the inclusion of Geraldton Buccaneers and Goldfields Giants in the men’s competition, the name SBL Division 1 was introduced while still under the WABL banner. A Goldfields Giants women’s team was entered for the first time in 2018.

In 2020, following the cancellation of the SBL season, the “SBL Division 1” name was dropped and “D-League” was reintroduced as a placeholder name in a COVID-affected year.

In 2021, the league looked to align a ‘Championship’ brand from Under 12s to Open Age. As such, the competition was branded as WABL Championship Men and Women. More can be read on this here.


As of September 2021
**Records from 1995 are the earliest known results**

Women’s Champions

Year Champion     Runner Up
1995 Stirling Senators 55 defeated Willetton Tigers 53
1996 Willetton Tigers 73 defeated Lakeside Lightning 56
1997 Willetton Tigers 61 defeated Lakeside Lightning 56
1998 Willetton Tigers 54 defeated Stirling Senators 50
1999 Perry Lakes Hawks 54 defeated Perth Redbacks 50
2000 Perry Lakes Hawks 60 defeated Wanneroo Wolves 58
2001 Willetton Tigers 66 defeated Perth Redbacks 42
2002 Cockburn Cougars 71 defeated Willetton Tigers 56
2003 Cockburn Cougars 71 defeated Mandurah Magic 51
2004 Cockburn Cougars 52 defeated Willetton Tigers 42
2005 Willetton Tigers 50 defeated Cockburn Cougars 44
2006 Unknown – records lost
2007 Wanneroo Wolves 76 defeated Perth Redbacks 41
2008 Perth Redbacks 57 defeated Wanneroo Wolves 48
2009 Perry Lakes Hawks 55 defeated Lakeside Lightning 46
2010 Perry Lakes Hawks 60 defeated Perth Redbacks 51
2011 Cockburn Cougars 59 defeated Perth Redbacks 53
2012 Perth Redbacks 63 defeated Perry Lakes Hawks 60
2013 Lakeside Lightning 64 defeated Stirling Senators 55
2014 Willetton Tigers 53 defeated East Perth Eagles 50
2015 Cockburn Cougars 56 defeated Stirling Senators 53
2016 Perth Redbacks 72 defeated Stirling Senators 61
2017 Mandurah Magic 72 defeated Perth Redbacks 63
2018 Lakeside Lightning 77 defeated Perry Lakes Hawks 69
2019 Perry Lakes Hawks 81 defeated Warwick Senators 64
2020 Warwick Senators 85 defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 58
2021 Lakeside Lightning Purple 66 defeated Goldfields Giants 57

 
Men’s Champions

Year Champion     Runner Up
1995 Lakeside Lightning 93 defeated Cockburn Cougars 80
1996 Wanneroo Wolves 80 defeated Perry Lakes Hawks 67
1997 Wanneroo Wolves 104 defeated Perry Lakes Hawks 78
1998 Perry Lakes Hawks 91 defeated Lakeside Lightning 64
1999 Lakeside Lightning 56 defeated Perth Redbacks 55
2000 Perry Lakes Hawks 75 defeated Lakeside Lightning 57
2001 Perry Lakes Hawks 79 defeated Willetton Tigers 76
2002 Willetton Tigers 93 defeated Lakeside Lightning 63
2003 Lakeside Lightning 65 defeated Willetton Tigers 63
2004 Lakeside Lightning 69 defeated Willetton Tigers 59
2005 Perth Redbacks 59 defeated Lakeside Lightning 47
2006 Lakeside Lightning 61 defeated Perth Redbacks 51
2007 Lakeside Lightning 87 defeated Cockburn Cougars 59
2008 Perry Lakes Hawks 93 defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 71
2009 Perry Lakes Hawks 84 defeated Wanneroo Wolves 75
2010 Perry Lakes Hawks 77 defeated Lakeside Lightning 74
2011 Wanneroo Wolves 73 defeated Cockburn Cougars 61
2012 Wanneroo Wolves 86 defeated Willetton Tigers 70
2013 Lakeside Lightning 78 defeated Perth Redbacks 69
2014 Perry Lakes Hawks 87 defeated Willetton Tigers 75
2015 Joondalup Wolves 68 defeated Perth Redbacks 62
2016 Lakeside Lightning 90 defeated East Perth Eagles 66
2017 Perry Lakes Hawks 95 defeated East Perth Eagles 76
2018 Joondalup Wolves 71 defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 68
2019 Lakeside Lightning 71 defeated Joondalup Wolves 66
2020 Willetton Tigers 83 defeated Perry Lakes Hawks 72
2021 Perry Lakes Hawks 82 defeated Lakeside Lightning 67