Sturt Sabres Basketball Club


1960 Eleven players from the SA United Church Basketball Association entered a "United Church" team in top level basketball at Forestville Stadium. John and Malcolm Heard were selected as Olympians for Rome.
1964 John Heard selected as Olympic Captain in Tokyo
1966 The club enters a Division 1 Womens team for the first time
1968 Albert Leslie selected in the Mexico Olympic team.
1970 Division 1 Men win the 1970/71 summer season premiership.
1972 Club changes its name to the Sturt Basketball Club.
1973 Under 14 Boys win Australian Club Championships.
1974 Division 1 Women win the winter season premiership.
1975 Sturt Stadium opens at Colonel Light Gardens.
1980 Phil Smyth selected for the Moscow Olympics.
1981 Division 1 Women win the winter season premiership.
1984 Phil Smyth selected for Los Angeles Olympics.
1985 Division 1 Mens team wins the club's first winter premiership.
1986 Division 1 Men win back to back winter premierships.
1988 Phil Smyth selected for Seoul Olympics.
1990 Division 1 Men win the summer season premiership. Under 18 Boys win the National Junior Classic.
1992 Phil Smyth selected for Barcelona Olympics.
1993 Under 12 Boys and Girls win the National Junior Classic. Under 14 Girls win Australian Club Championship.
1995 Under 18 Boys win National Junior Classic.
1996 Brett Maher selected for Atlanta Olympics.
1997 Under 16 Boys win National Junior Classic.
1998 Division 1 Men win summer season premiership.

Sturt Stadium Burns Down

Sturt Stadium Destroyed By Fire 11/12/98On the morning of Friday December 11th, a fire ripped through the Sturt Basketball Stadium at Mortlock Park, Sturt Avenue at Colonel Light Gardens. When fire units reached the scene at around 2 am, the stadium was ablaze and fire fighters could only make sure the fire did not spread to surrounding buildings The loss has been devastating for many club members and supporters, many of whom have grown up in the stadium. Adelaide 36ers coach and four-time Olympian Phil Smyth told The Advertiser, "This is simply tragic. There are a huge amount of memories I have playing basketball at the stadium".

Club president and long time Sturt player, coach and administrator Rod Bauerwas positive, looking to the immediate and long-term future of the club. "While the fire has been a tragedy and the club is in a state of shock, the basketball public have shown strong support for us. Sturt will continue to prosper as one of South Australia?s premier clubs despite this temporary setback".

Sturt Moves To Forestville Stadium

Sturt Basketball Club president, Rod Bauer has just announced that the club will move its operations to the Forestville Basketball Stadium for the remainder of the 1998/99 basketball year. The move was approved at a meeting of the Unley City Council last night. This will allow the Sturt club to continue its operations, while a new permanent home stadium is established.

1999 Sturt wins the Junior State Championship for the sixth time in the last 10 years. New site, and plans are drawn up for new Sturt Stadium.