Victoria University will have its best men’s and women’s teams compete in the inaugural University Basketball League (UBL).

The UBL, a competition established by UniSport Australia, capitalises on the huge success and popularity of basketball in Australia and the university sector.

Both the men’s and women’s competitions will be played across the country from 13 April to 26 May 2021.

Meet the coaches

Sam Fileccia - Women's Head Coach

A fresh face for the Victoria University basketball program, Sam is a Basketball Australia accredited level 2 coach with over 16 years of experience coaching at junior and senior levels.

His most prominent senior-level experience was coaching Big V for five years, during which time he was nominated for coach of the year four times and coach of the month three times. In those years, he led his team to the finals, finishing runners-up in 2016. He also has many years of experience as an assistant coach at the Big V Championship level and won a championship as an assistant at Div 2 in 2013.

Between 2013 and 2017, Sam was head coach at the University of Melbourne for Unisport Nationals, winning silver in 2015 and named the University of Melbourne Sports Coach of the Year. He is a committed and enthusiastic coach who is delighted to be leading the team in the UBL inaugural season.

Maverick Clissold - Men's Head Coach

A stalwart to Victoria University's basketball success at Unisport Nationals since 2015, we are excited to have Maverick at the helm for the inaugural UBL.

Maverick has been key to VU's success, and was head coach to the team crowned National Champions in 2018. Prior to coaching in VU's basketball program, Maverick was an accomplished player, including state representation and experience in NBL1.

Maverick is passionate about player development on and off the court, believing basketball can instill structure, work ethic, teamwork and other important practices. He is excited to bring the successful culture and high performing standard developed to the playing group for the UBL inaugural season and looks forward to our round 1 home game.

Meet our teams

Victoria University are proud to announce the squad for the 2021 University Basketball League.

Players are listed in alphabetical order (surname).

UBL Women's Squad 2021

  • Emily Attard - Bachelor of Sport Management/Bachelor of Business
  • Ellen Cox - Bachelor of Midwifery/Bachelor of Nursing
  • Emily Ellis (Captain) - Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)
  • Tegan Hindle - Bachelor of Education Studies
  • Tamsyn Kirk - Bachelor of Education (P-12)
  • Leila Ordonez-Alefosio - Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy)
  • Peta Rhodes - Bachelor of Sport Management/Bachelor of Business
  • Ebony Sans - Bachelor of Psychological Studies
  • Emma Stafford - Bachelor of Applied Movement Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy
  • Rebecca Stellini - Bachelor of Exercise Science (Clinical Practice)
  • Chelsea Suemai - Bachelor of Nursing
  • Grace Watson - Bachelor of Youth Work/Bachelor of Sport Management
  • Resuree Wijesundera - Bachelor of Biomedical And Exercise Science
  • Myra Wood - Bachelor of Education (P-12)

UBL Men's Squad 2021

  • Lachlan Allan - Bachelor of Paramedicine
  • Jonni Ananiadis - Bachelor of Youth Work/Bachelor of Sport Management
  • Grady Barrett - Undergraduate Certificate in Sport Science
  • Mitchell Dielemans - Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)
  • Keegan Dsouza - Bachelor of Exercise Science (Clinical Practice)
  • George Fakhri - Bachelor of Education Studies
  • Jad Hajj - Diploma of Sport (Coach)
  • Calvin Jazmin - Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy)
  • Liam Jehu - Bachelor of Education (P-12)
  • Sasa Kandic - Bachelor of Sport Management/Bachelor of Business
  • Chenuka Kasturiarachchi - Bachelor of Business
  • Jack Lallo - Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)
  • Nicholas Lim - Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy)
  • Gene Vocale - Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education

VU competition fixture

Women's Fixture

Game Date Competing Time Where
Game 1 Wednesday 14 April VU vs MELB 2pm Home
Game 2 Tuesday 20 April UWA vs VU 11.30am Away
Game 3 Tuesday 11 May UTS vs VU 4.30pm Away
Game 4 Wednesday 12 May USYD vs VU 11.15am Away
Game 5 Tuesday 18 May VU vs LTU 1pm Home
Game 6 Wednesday 20 May VU vs USC 2pm Home

Men's Fixture

Game Date Competing Time Where
Game 1 Wednesday 14 April VU vs MELB 4pm Home
Game 2 Tuesday 20 April UWA vs VU 1.30pm Away
Game 3 Tuesday 11 May UTS vs VU 2.30pm Away
Game 4 Wednesday 12 May USYD vs VU 9.30am Away
Game 5 Tuesday 18 May  VU vs LTU 3pm Home
Game 6 Wednesday 20 May VU vs USC 12pm Home

Cheer on Victoria University

Students, staff and friends are encouraged to show support by cheering on Victoria University at home games played at the VU Community Sport Stadium – Whitten Oval. With court announcers, music, commentators, live streaming and more, the event promises to be a unique experience for spectators.

All games will be livestreamed, stay tuned for more details.

Get in touch

Find out more about the competition and how you can get involved. Contact

Wade Spencer, Sports Officer
Phone: +61 3 9919 4434
Email: [email protected]