Melbourne one of Eight Universities in New University Basketball League
19 December 2019; MU Sport

The University of Melbourne is excited to announce it will join the inaugural University Basketball League in 2020.

The new student-only league begins in late-March and will feature a finals series.

The University will host several men's and women's matches at the Parkville campus, while all matches will be livestreamed to create a dynamic spectator experience.

The University's Sport Performance Coordinator, Tom Lutwyche, said, "The UBL is a very exciting addition to the intervarsity sport calendar."

"The University of Melbourne welcomes the chance to bring high-quality intervarsity sport to campus. The University has always had a strong Basketball contingent, reflected in last year's Women's Div 1 team earning National Runner-Up, and will look to continue that form into the new League."

To express interest in representing the University of Melbourne in the new competition, please fill out this form.

See below for the media release from UniSport Australia:

It is now official. The inaugural University Basketball League (UBL) tournament will be played from 31 March to 28 May 2020.

Eight universities will participate in the first year:

  • La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • Murdoch University, Perth
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Victoria University, Melbourne

Endorsed by Basketball Australia, and supported by the respective State Basketball Associations, the inaugural UBL tournament will be played over nine weeks, with each participating university getting the opportunity to host and livestream the matches.

Both men’s and women’s competitions will be played across the country, culminating in a finals weekend to determine Australia’s number one basketball university. The creation of the UBL will also provide unique work integrated learning opportunities that will enhance the students’ academic development with practical experience.

UniSport CEO Mark Sinderberry said, “Basketball is played by more university students than any other sport on campus in Australia, and this league will provide a unique pathway for student-athletes with the innovative work integrated learning opportunities that will directly complement their learning pathways as student-athletes."

"This pathway will also recognise the significant role student engagement plays in wellbeing and positive learning outcomes. In addition, it provides a wonderful opportunity for universities to capture the pride and connection students past and present enjoy through their university careers.”

To read the UBL prospectus, click here.