The fixtures for the 2019 NWBL and WNWBL seasons have been released with the two leagues to run concurrently again this year.
The NWBL tips off on May 10 with a Cluster Round in Logan featuring all seven teams from last year before moving to a home-and-away format for the remainder of the nine-round season.
Red Dust Heelers and Kilsyth Cobras tip things off on opening night in a re-match of last year’s bronze medal playoff that saw the Heelers prevail in impressive fashion.
Wollongong Rollerhawks, who are aiming for a three-peat in 2019, will begin their season against the Perth Wheelcats, who were a surprise omission from last year’s playoffs.
The Rollerhawks will have to wait until Round 8 for a Grand Final re-match though, when they take on the Queensland Spinning Bullets in what could be a playoff-deciding three games.
The WNWBL starts a week after the NWBL on May 17 and several Cluster Rounds will be held across the five-round regular season with Sydney hosting games in Round 2, Perth hosting Round 4 and Kilsyth hosting Round 5.
Each team has a bye through the season except for the Kilsyth Cobras who will play each weekend.
With the Australian Devils set to attend the Under-25 World Championships from May 23-28, the WNWBL will also pause after Round 1.
This year, the Be Active Western Stars will be known as the Perth Wheelcats in the WNWBL while Sydney Metro will be known as the Sydney Metro Blue Hornets across both competitions.
There will not be much of a wait for a Grand Final replay this season as the reigning Champions, Queensland Comets, face the Perth Wheelcats on the second night of Round 1 while the New South Wales derby will reignite in Round 2 when the Sydney Uni Flames host the Hornets in a 2018 bronze medal re-match.
At the conclusion of the regular season, both competitions will hold their finals concurrently for the first time ever at the Southern Districts Basketball Association in Carina, Queensland from August 16-18.
The Semi-Finals will be held on Friday afternoon/night and the Preliminary Finals on Saturday afternoon before the medal games for the NWBL and WNWBL are played on Sunday morning/afternoon.