UniSport Australia (UniSport) crowned two new champions on the final day of the Nationals 3x3 Basketball at the Swisherr Hoops Academy in Hobart today. Now in its fifth year, UniSport partnered with 3x3Hustle to deliver the 3x3 Big Hustle Uni competition for the first time in Hobart, Tasmania.
Fourteen universities from across Australia were represented, with 124 students competing in the three-day competition. Macquarie University (men) and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) (women) both went through their divisions undefeated to claim their respective titles.
In the men’s final, Macquarie University, led by Australia’s number 1 FIBA ranked men’s 3x3 basketballer, Cooper Wilks (Bachelor of Engineering), came from behind to defeat UTS in the final 21-18 to take the title. In what was a replay of the 2021 championship game, Macquarie University avenged that defeat, and now can have four titles to their name in five years. Wilks was joined by Ciaron Fitz-Gerald (Doctor of Physiotherapy), Eromon Uadiale (Bachelor of Human Movement) and Jayden Prakash (Doctor of Physiotheraphy) for Macquarie for the final time as a quartet at a UniSport Nationals 3x3 championship tournament.
Meanwhile, RMIT University won the bronze medal match, in an all-Victorian encounter, defeating Deakin University 18-12.
In the women’s competition, the absence of defending champions, Monash University opened the door for a new women’s champion. UTS defeated La Trobe University in the final 19-11 to win gold. After finishing ninth last year, UTS played some outstanding 3x3 to dominate throughout the tournament. In seven games across the three days, they scored 132 points, an average of 18.9 points per game. UTS were represented by Daila Walker (Bachelor of Nursing), Gabriella Van Dyk (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business), Sari Mowbray (Bachelor of Health Science) and Zoe Roulston (Bachelor of Business, Management and Commerce) with all athletes playing outstanding throughout the competition.
RMIT University won the bronze medal match 21-14 against Macquarie University.
For Macquarie and UTS, their win at UniSport Nationals gives them further opportunities to represent their university. Both teams gain qualification to the 3x3 Hustle Pro event next month, and each team will have the opportunity to be represent the Oceania region in the University World Cup held in China from 20-23 October 2022.
After debuting in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, 3x3 Basketball will now debut in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this year. UniSport are excited to be involved in this pathway, which has the potential to bring student-athletes from around the country in front of National selectors.
The tournament fixture results can be viewed here
UniSport wishes to congratulate all athletes that competed and thank 3x3Hustle, the University of Tasmania and Swisherr Hoops Academy for their support in delivering a successful competition.
Nationals 3x3 was also proudly supported by the Tasmanian Government.
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