Basketballers through to semi-finals

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Sydney University’s women’s and men’s teams moved through to the semi-finals of the National University Basketball League competition with wins in their elimination finals last night.

The University’s women’s team accounted for the University of the Sunshine Coast 76-55, while the men’s team defeated the University of Tasmania 91-85.

Sydney University headed the women’s ladder at the end of the competition proper, with UTS, La Trobe University, Victoria University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Tasmania, UWA Maali and Southern Cross University making up the top.

Defending champions, Sydney University finished third on the men’s UBL ladder behind UTS and the University of Melbourne. Southern Cross University, the University of Western Australia Maali, the University of Tasmania, RMIT and AU Wait made up the top eight for the elimination finals, which began last night.

UniSport Australia expanded the UBL this season with two new universities, the Australian Catholic University and the University of Tasmania, joining the league in the third year of the competition. The inaugural year of the UBL included La Trobe University, The University of Melbourne, The University of the Sunshine Coast, The University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Western Australia, and Victoria University.

In 2022 Curtin University, Federation University Australia, RMIT University and The University of Adelaide joined the seven founding universities. The student-only competition has proved popular nationwide, building on many historic university rivalries.

The 2023 UBL season proper included matches each Tuesday and Wednesday for nine weeks. The semi-finals commence on May 22, and the Grand Finals on May 29.