Thursday 12 May 2022
La Trobe University women and The University of Sydney men remain undefeated following an intense final week of the UBL regular season.
2022 UBL semi-finalists have been confirmed
The semi-finalists have been decided and will go head-to-head at La Trobe University and Victoria University on Tuesday 17 May and Wednesday 18 May 2022.
In the women's division, 1st place La Trobe University will host 4th place UTS on Tuesday 17 May at 12pm AEST. This match will be followed by the men's 1st place The University of Sydney against 4th place La Trobe University at 2:30pm AEST.
On Wednesday 18 May, women's 2nd place The University of Sydney will face 3rd place Victoria University at 12pm AEST followed by the men's second semi-final between 2nd place UTS and Victoria University at 2:30pm AEST.
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For the second year in a row, the UBL celebrated the diversity of the student-athlete population and increased awareness of LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport through a Pride Round. In Melbourne this year, ten of our teams went head-to-head in the final round of the regular UBL competition.
The week started out with a thriller between La Trobe University and The University of Sydney men, where La Trobe University looked certain to beat the undefeated team from Sydney in the third quarter. However The University of Sydney proved they are here to win and came back from behind to win 97-89, one of the matches of the 2022 league.
The women’s game showed as much intensity with the top 2 teams showing they are ready for the semi-finals. La Trobe University were too strong for the travelling team in the end, defeating The University of Sydney comfortably 75-49.
UWA Maali travelled to Melbourne for their final matches of the regular season. Facing The University of Melbourne, the men’s team fought hard for their spot in the semi-finals but were not able to overcome an incredible performance from the home side, 95-82 at the final buzzer.
The women’s game followed straight after and both teams had a gutsy performance, with The University of Melbourne finishing ahead of UWA Maali 55-53.
Victoria University hosted UWA Maali the next day, with an upset in the women’s game after both teams fought neck and neck the entire game. UWA Maali defeated the home side in dramatic fashion 66-63.
The men’s game was a similar struggle between both teams, with Victoria University managing to keep the UWA Maali men from reaching the semi-finals 96-88.
La Trobe University matched up against local Victorian side Fed Falcons at Ballarat, with both the men’s and women’s teams winning against the Falcons. The La Trobe University women completed an undefeated season to guarantee them a spot at the top of the ladder going into finals.
Image: © Sports Imagery Australia - Fed Falcons v UWA Maali women
RMIT University and The University of Sydney saw two more close matches, with The University of Sydney women prevailing over the home team 74-58. The University of Sydney men were evenly matched with the RMIT men but eventually overcame the home side 86-82 in the final seconds of the match.
The University of Melbourne against AU Waatu men’s game was an exhilarating match, with both teams vying for their place in the semi-finals. The University of Melbourne won 96-93 in the end against a determined AU Waatu team. The University of Melbourne fended off the AU Waatu women comfortably, 88-43.
RMIT and USC Spartans went head-to-head at ‘the web’ to finish their seasons off, with the USC Spartans women defeating an impressive RMIT team 76-65. The men’s game was also tight with the RMIT men overcoming the Spartans 77-71.
UTS travelled to Ballarat to take on Fed Falcons in their final matches. Fed Falcons women were impressive against the quality UTS side, however UTS eventually overpowered the Falcons 85-73. The UTS men displayed dominance from the start, defeating the Fed Falcons 102-58.
The week ended with Victoria University against AU Waatu, another close encounter. Victoria University women were looking to turn around their result against UWA Maali and finish with a win. They sealed the victory 103-60, ensuring their place in the semi-finals.
The men’s game was close, until a dominant display in the final quarter ensured the Victoria University men reached the semi-finals comfortably and dashed AU Waatu’s hopes of making the top 4. 106-80.