NBL: Opening day opponents confirmed alongside key dates for 2022/23

The NBL's key dates have been confirmed for the 2022/23 season. 

Anticipation has been building as fans awaited their teams' finalised fixtures and clubs build their rosters ahead of the new season. Key dates on the basketball calendar have been set, including details for the National Cup and Playoff finals.

NBL and WNBL sides have learnt who they'll take on to kick-start the season as attention now turns to the upcoming campaign.

KitKing Trophy

Formerly known as the L Lynch Trophy, the competition returns with a new name and will be the first prize to aim for in 2022/23.

Taking place in the weeks preceding the NBL regular season, the D1M clubs plus two from D2M will face off in a four-group format. Quarters and semis will follow with a final in late December.

The action gets underway on September 17 as Solent Kestrels and Worthing Thunder face off in Group 1's opener, while Oakland Wolves take on Thames Valley Cavaliers in Group 2.


The long-awaited return of league action comes on Saturday 15 October with Team Newcastle University and Nottingham Hoods getting things under way when they host reigning champions Team Solent Kestrels and Loughborough Riders respectively in D1M.

Bristol Academy Flyers host Loughborough Riders in the D1W opener on Saturday 1 October, while CoLA begin their title defence at Worcester Wolves.

D2W show stoppers Stockport Lapwings will have to wait a little bit longer before they return to the floor, with the National Cup champions on the road to Manchester Valkyries on Saturday 5 November.


Key Dates for 2022/23

Both the Sure Shot Junior National Cups and the Senior National Cup will once again be held at Manchester's National Basketball Performance Centre across the weekend of 21/22 January 2023.

Likewise, the Senior Playoff Finals will also be in Manchester on the weekend of 22/23 April, followed as always the following weekend by the Jnr. NBL Final Fours.

  • National Cup weekend - January 21/22
  • NBL D2M/D2W/D3M Playoff Finals - April 22
  • NBL D1M/D1W Playoff Finals - April 23
  • Jnr. NBL Final Fours - April 29/30