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UBL 2022 Recap: A case study on university sport

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Have you considered how sport could balance your study life?

Curtin Carnabys Women's UBL side playing basketball competition against La Trobe University. Action shot of Carnaby player running and dribbling ball.

Getting involved in competitive or social sports while you study at uni is a great way to enrich your student experience. You can utilise sport to build up your network; enhance your skills in teamwork or leadership; keep fit or just blow off study stress. Elite sports people can even continue to compete while studying at Curtin to build a dual career pathway like the 170+ athletes supported in Curtin’s Elite Athlete Program.

The University Basketball League (UBL), a competition run by UniSport Australia, is a good case study of the opportunities available. The UBL is part of the development of university-level sports in Australia, inspired by the American college sports system, that tipped off in 2021.

The call went out last November for students to try out for squads that would represent Curtin in 2022. Basketball star Ricky Grace, NBL1 and WBBL player Jorjah Smith and Perth Wheelcat player Ben Moncrieff were hired to coach the Curtin Carnaby Men and Women’s UBL squads.

Over 10 weeks, 11 Australian universities competed against each other in the UBL in early 2022. The Carnabys faced 10 away games interstate, getting to travel to Melbourne and Adelaide just as the WA border opened up. Then a final clash with our western rivals the UWA Maali, in the first-ever UBL Western Derby held at UWA.

These selected students have had an amazing opportunity to not just compete but to be coached and trained by basketball pros, represent Curtin interstate, host home games at Curtin Stadium, network with hundreds of people involved in the UBL, and play basketball on UniSportTV, all while working on their degrees.

Highlights of the 2022 Season  

🏀Shenae Hartree (Health Sciences) was the UBL’s Women’s Stats Leader, Ella Thorthon-Elliott (Business and Law) was the leader for 3-pointers and Akim Lual (Health Sciences) came in third overall for average points.

🏀In the Men’s league, the Curtin Carnabys v University of Sunshine Coast Spartans match was the first UBL game to go into double overtime to break the tie.

🏀Toby Martin (Science and Engineering) came in third overall for 3-pointers for the Men’s UBL season.

🏀In the Western Derby the Carnabys Women’s side beat UWA on their home court – 67 to 49! #carnthecarnabys

We would like to commend the Carnabys Women’s side for coming in fifth in the league and only narrowly missing a place in the 2022 finals. As well as congratulate the Carnabys Men’s side on their season, coming ninth on the ladder.

UBL basketball game with Womens squad in possesion of the basketball. Curtin Carnabys Men's UBL

Congratulations to the winners – LaTrobe University (Women) and the University of Sydney (Men)! These students will have the opportunity to participate in a four-game tour against universities in Taiwan in December, an exciting opportunity for the UBL and the students.

If you are keen to join the UBL in 2023, calls for interest for the trials will go out later this year so keep an eye on OASIS for announcements. You also don’t even need to be sporty to get involved with sport! There are opportunities for students to support the UBL in off-court roles, including sports physio, coaching support, bench scoring, social media, photography, and more.

Whatever sport you want to play or support, there is likely a Curtin team playing at some level. Sport can provide you with an opportunity to create a sense of belonging at uni while offering many benefits to your health and opportunities to upskill.

Get involved with sport at Curtin!

Studying at uni does not mean you need to stop playing sports. Get out there!

Once again, a huge congratulations to the students who represented Curtin’s inaugural season in UniSport’s University Basketball League in 2022.

🏀Curtin Uni Carnabys UBL Squads 2022🏀
University Basketball League Curtin Carnby Men and Women's Squads with coaches in centre. Group photo orange in uniform.

Women’s Head Coach
Jorjah Smith
Men’s Head Coach
Ricky Grace
Assistant Head Coach: Ben Moncrieff
Women Men
Sarah AllenLloyd Allen
Nellie BondLachlan Bertram
Emma BurkeJoshua Burich
Jaime CohencaElliot Butcher
Riana CoshottAdam Cronin
Eloise FarringtonCallum Donald
Shenae HartreeNoah Edge
Nina KatoBrodie Hoddy
Joanna KoTim Hollick
Jessica LeamonAdam Lauren
Vivian LimTobias Martin
Akim LualFlynn Newman
Shannon MarsdenTemi Obadua
Tahlia McDonaldAli Rammal
Sydney MidgleyHusam Roamer
Angela NgDaniel Rogers
Laneisha PaddonMason Tion
Olivia PedrettiConnor Vink
Rishaye ShawHaydn Williams
Ella Thornton-ElliotDylan Griechen