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The Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) is the premier women's basketball league in Australia.

The league was established in 1986, following 5 years of the sport's development through the Women’s Basketball League and the Women’s Basketball Conference. WNBL games are televised live on Fridays on ABC2 and replayed on Saturdays on ABC1.

There are currently 10 teams in the WNBL with all Australian states represented, with the exceptions of Tasmania and the Northern Territory:

The 2007/08 season saw the addition of two new teams: the Bendigomarker Spirit, and the Christchurchmarker Sirens, which is the first franchise from outside of Australia.

The 2008/09 season saw the addition of a team from Logan, Queenslandmarker, the first team from South-East Queensland in over 10 years. They replaced the Christchurchmarker Sirens.

The league has been successful in developing players, the national team (the Opals), and has led to many Australian women receiving contracts to play basketball in European leagues and the WNBA. Michele Timms was the first Australian woman and the first international player drafted in the WNBA. Among the other notable players to make the transition from the WNBL to the WNBA are Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor-Gil, Tully Bevilaqua, Suzy Batkovic-Brown, Belinda Snell and Kristi Harrower. Those who have gone the other direction include Americanmarker star Alana Beard. In fact, as the seasons do not overlap, players can participate in both leagues in the same year.

2009/10 Ladder

# = Position; Pld = Games played; W = Games won; D = Games drawn; L = Games lost; PF = Points for; PA = Points against; PD = Points difference; Pts = Points earned.

League Grand Finals

Complete list of WNBL Grand Final winners
Season WNBL Champion Coach
1981 St Kilda Saints
1982 St Kilda Saints
1983 Nunawading Spectres
1984 Nunawading Spectres
1985 Coburg Cougars
1986 Nunawading Spectres
1987 Nunawading Spectres Tom Maher
1988 Nunawading Spectres
1989 Nunawading Spectres
1990 North Adelaide
1991 Hobart Islanders
1992 Perth Breakers Tom Maher
1993 Sydney Flames Carrie Graf
1994 Adelaide Lightning
1995 Adelaide Lightning
1996 Adelaide Lightning
1997 Sydney Flames Bill Tomlinson
1998 Adelaide Lightning
1998-99 Australian Institute of Sport Phil Brown
1999-2000 Canberra Capitals Carrie Graf
2000-01 Sydney Panthers Karen Dalton/Tom Maher
2001-02 Canberra Capitals Carrie Graf
2002-03 Canberra Capitals Tom Maher
2003-04 Dandenong Rangers Gary Fox
2004-05 Dandenong Rangers Gary Fox
2005-06 Canberra Capitals Carrie Graf
2006-07 Canberra Capitals Carrie Graf
2007-08 Adelaide Lightning Vicki Valk
2008-09 Canberra Capitals Carrie Graf

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