November, 2001 - Melbourne, Australia the scene for the creation of Suburbanball. The man behind the game, Andrew Ferguson was searching the internet for a sport to play in the summer. He stumbled across the obscure sport of Danball in which a few good mates had got together and invented. Upon reading the rules Andrew decided that it would be possible for him to do something similar. He decided to take some ideas from the game, but yet adopt new rules from other sports.
In the end he came out with a new sport, what we know today as Suburbanball. To begin with though the game was still called Danball and the first game was played on December the 14th, 2001 between the Blue Flames and the Hells Bells. The Blue Flames won the match and took out the first ever Bayside Suburbanball League Lightning Cup.
Matches of Suburbanball were then played sparingly for the next 6 months or so involving three teams the Blue Flames, Downloadable’s and Hells Bells. A 4th team was soon formed which saw a massive growth in Suburbanball, the campaigning of Andrew Ferguson and Paul Riordan helped get Acidic on the map. Emmy Genat assembled a team, which brought new life to the competition. It was also around this time that the game adopted the new name of Suburbanball, deciding that it was more fitting name for a sport that had changed a lot from the original rules of Danball.
From this period on Suburbanball thrived with regular games as well as the formation of a new league across the other side of Melbourne in the municipality of Banyule. With one year of Suburbanball gone we can safely say it is here to stay for a little while yet.
It is a sport that anyone can play and anyone can have fun with and that is why it has been successful thus far. Under the guidance of Andrew Ferguson, Paul Riordan, Ekta Doshi and Michael Poulakakis the World Suburbanball League will continue to push the game forward and let more and more experience the excitement of Suburbanball.