La Trobe's undefeated Women’s team have had an outstanding campaign thus far, finishing on top of the ladder and winning all 10 games.
The Eagles' Women's team glided through the season, more than doubling the other teams scores on multiple occasions. Highlights for the year include a massive win against Adelaide University Waatu in Game 5 with a final score of 120 to 42, as well as scoring over 100 points again in Game 8 against the University of the Sunshine Coast which was a massive boost in confidence for the squad.
The University of Technology Sydney gave La Trobe a run for their money in Game 6, with La Trobe winning a thrilling game that went into over time, 82-78.
In a team that has had a number of excellent contributors, Bendigo Spirit WNBL star Piper Dunlop has been a key factor in La Trobe's success, scoring 92 points and totalling 12.5 average rebounds over the season. Meg Stagoll has also been a stand-out this season, being nominated three times for ‘Player of the Game’ by the coaches. One of Stagoll's more impressive results saw her tally 39 points, five rebounds and five assists against Adelaide University Waatu in Game 5.
Things haven't been as smooth sailing for La Trobe's Men’s team, but they have still managed to scrape into the top four and set up a Semi-Final encounter with the ladder-leading University of Sydney with five wins and five losses.
The Eagles have had their ups and downs throughout the UBL season, with highlights coming in the form of a nail-biting overtime win against RMIT University in Game 3 and a comprehensive final round victory against Federation University which secured their ticket to finals.
La Trobe may well have finished higher up the ladder had they come out on top in close losses against Adelaide University (85-70), University of Technology Sydney (50-61) and University of Western Australia (73-82), where missed vital chances late in games almost cost them a final spot.
Christian Yammouni has been a consistent contributor all season for La Trobe, with 116 points over the season and has been nominated twice for ‘Player of the Game’ by the coaches. Ovie Magbegor is another who has enjoyed a fine season, and if he is at his best La Trobe become a force to be reckoned with.
Attention for both teams now turns to a pair of home Semi-Finals at the La Trobe Sports Stadium, with the Women's team taking on the University of Technology Sydney on Tuesday 17 May at 12:00pm, while the Men will take on University of Sydney straight after at 2:30pm. Entry is free for both games and we would love to see a huge Team La Trobe crowd courtside to cheer our teams on as they push for a Grand Final spot. If you can't make it to the Sports Stadium to watch in person, catch both games on UniSport TV or follow La Trobe Sport on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest UBL news.