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Adelaide Lightning 1994-1996


Inducted in 2010

The Lightning was formed as South Australia’s sole entry into the Women’s National League in 1993.

Under the stewardship of Coach Jan Stirling, success followed instantly when the Lightning stormed to the Championship in 1994 and began an amazing era for the Club.

In 1995, the Club did the unthinkable and became only the third side in the WNBL’s history to win consecutive Championships, defeating Melbourne 50-43 in front of a record attendance for a Women’s Basketball game in Australia of 7,100 at the Clipsal Powerhouse.

In 1996, the Lightning girls made it three in a row, defeating the Sydney Flames at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and becoming only the second club to three-peat. During the Club’s successful dominance in the League, the Lightning was led by legendary Opal, Rachael Sporn.