The University of Tasmania has launched into their inaugural season of the University Basketball League with victories in their first game of both the men’s and women’s competitions against Federation University.
The men’s team fought to the end and won 89 – 80, whereas the women’s team were far too good for their opponents and dominated the clash winning 81 – 44.
These were two excellent starts to their University Basketball League campaigns and will fill the student athletes with confidence leading into the rest of the competition.
The University Basketball League is a national basketball competition consisting of 13 universities from across the country, with the winning teams earning a position to compete at the World University Games in Chengdu China later this year.
The University of Tasmania teams consist solely of students studying a variety of degrees, from Architecture, to Business, to Medicine and to Exercise and Sport Science.
Anthony Jusup, the University’s Sport Operations Manager described the UBL as a great opportunity for students to pursue dual career pathways as they balance their studies and elite level sport.
“This is a great chance for Tasmanian students to play at a competitive level and to experience what it’s like to play at that professional level, while they remain in the state to pursue their studies,” he said.
The University’s participation in this competition is a credit to the ongoing partnership between Swisherr Hoops Academy and the University of Tasmania, and shows the continued development of basketball pathway opportunities for local Tasmanians.
In 2023, via the Swisherr Partnership the teams will be supported on court by Mark Nash as Men’s Team Coach and Anthony Stewart as Women’s Team Coach.
With the teams now a part of the competition, it’s now over to the UTAS community to support our student athletes as there will be a number of home games held in both Hobart and Launceston.
To find out more about when these home games will be held and to lock in your tickets to support your teams, click here.
You can also watch all games live via Unisport TV, who are showing all University Basketball League games live in 2023 – great for the UTAS away games.