Articles by smoke

smoke has published 45 articles dating between 1953 and 2017



  • Dribbling Balls 2017 - Volume 30 edition 5

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    October 2nd, 2017 - submitted by smoke

    2017 Winter CYMS grand final edition. 6 Uni teams, 4 MVP's, 3 premierships, Big V 2017 coaches recaps and more (5.4mb, 30 pages)
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  • Dribbling Balls 2017 - Volume 30 edition 4

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    June 11th, 2017 - submitted by smoke

    Big V 2017 Alumni Night including player profiles for all the men and women, an interview with Dean Vickerman and a recap of the legends game (2.1mb, 11 pages)
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  • Dribbling Balls 2017 - Volume 30 edition 3

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    May 31st, 2017 - submitted by smoke

    Photo journal memories from Trivia Night 2017 including four full rounds of trivia, the famous arm wrestle, Bernies joke, Grantley's song, the Dance-off and Jimmer's cartwheel (2.1mb, 16 pages)
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  • Dribbling Balls 2017 - Volume 30 edition 2

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    April 29th, 2017 - submitted by smoke

    A complete recap of the 2016/17 summer CYMS season and a Ballarat tournament report (2.3mb, 21 pages)
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  • Dribbling Balls 2017 - Volume 30 edition 1

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    February 23rd, 2017 - submitted by smoke

    A complete recap of 2016 including a CYMS wrap-up, 2017 Calendar, Trivia night 2016, Presentation night 2016, Alumni night 2016, Warrnambool & Ballarat tournament, origins of dribbling balls, club origins, pan pacific masters games, Big V 2016 and ...
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  • Warrnambool 2017

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    February 1st, 2017 - submitted by smoke

    Nine teams from uni made the trek to the seaside basketball carnival in Warrnambool this year and it didn't dissapoint. Without the luxury of a 3rd day of long weekend, events were packed into a tight Friday-Sunday schedule which included two house par...
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  • John 'JC' Campbell - Video Interview

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    August 31st, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    The heart and soul of Melbourne Uni Basketball throughout the 80's, John 'JC' Campbell visits the clubrooms to chat about his time at the club. Summary
Active player for 26 years, from 1976 through 1991 inclusive.
Played a total of around 2,000 game...
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  • Uni 'for the win' in GF game 1

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    August 28th, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    Related Links:Click here to watch a youtube video of the end of the gameClick here to watch a short facebook video of the game winning shot by MelClick here for the Box ScoreClick here  for the game video (check back on Wednesday ...
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  • Black Angel Women into D2 Grand Final

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    August 20th, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    The lady black angels have pulled off a stunning sixth victory in a row in yet another must-win final to again end a highly fancied opponents season. The Blackburn lady vikings had no answers, no answers at all for the girls from uni who unleashed bli...
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  • Henry Cooper - Video Interview

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    August 8th, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    The namesake of our 'Henry Cooper award' shares all things basketball with a focus on the 70's and 80's at the Melbourne University Basketball Club. Highlights include our involvement playing in the top league in Australia, our first olympic representa...
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  • Keith Nicholls - Video Interview

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    August 4th, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    Keith Nicholls is the founder of Melbourne University basketball club. Here he joins Norm Longmuir and smoke to talk about the first three years of MUBC.
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  • Alumni Night 2016

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    June 4th, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    Related Links:Click here to watch the post-game victory song by the mens team and the alumniClick here for the official event write-up by Stu VerrierClick here for video of the alumni half-time speeces by Stu, J.C, Coops & NormClick here for a Fa...
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  • Norm Longmuir - Video Interview

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    May 31st, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    Norman Longmuir is one of the founding fathers of Melbourne University Basketball Club from 1953. In this interview, Norm recounts several experiences during those formative years including intervarsity, provides some context around the Victorian bas...
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  • Filming sport on an iPad - advice and gotchas

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    May 7th, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    This post details the setup required to film sport and upload to YouTube using an an iPad circa May, 2016. Equipment (priced in AUD Australian $):$1,400  Apple: 256g 9.7 inch iPad Pro (or $899 for 32g). ~2 week delivery time including engraving.&...
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  • 2016 King of the court won by Smoke & Masunda

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    April 10th, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    In what seems to be turning into a regular theme, MUBC alumni smoke and sexual chocolate Nicholas Masunda have taken out another 3 on 3 tournament and another $1,000 in streetball prize money. At yesterday's King of the Court tournament at the Viva yo...
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  • Warrnambool 2016

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    January 25th, 2016 - submitted by smoke

    Another year, another Warrnambool tournament and this year was arguably the most successful one ever for Melbourne Uni. Both of our A grade girls teams cruised through pool play to face off against each other in the grand final where the big v girls go...
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  • MUBC boys crowned 2015 Red Bull Reign 3 on 3 champions of Australia

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    October 25th, 2015 - submitted by smoke

    Hundreds of Australia's most elite ballers had their cages rattled by the boys from uni yesterday as Masunda, Stef, Smoke & Jack were crowned national champions in the Australian leg of the global Red Bull Reign 3 on 3 basketball tournament. We to...
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  • Longhorns basketball club

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    April 1st, 2015 - submitted by smoke

    Every Sunday at MSAC's CYMS basketball league, a mini-crowd forms to huddle around Court 7 to watch the show. They're not there to watch the retired VBL or NBL stars from Breakaway, Moonee Ponds or Westside. They're not there to cheer on their mates f...
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  • Tuesday night finals match reports

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    March 17th, 2015 - submitted by smoke

    MU3 Women - left to right: Jamie LePage (#5), Caitie McClelland (#4), Maddy Jane (#31), Danielle Jones (#32), Tess Symes (#11) MU2 Women - clockwise from top left: Joy Low Theng Koon (#40), Kayleigh Button (#45), Grace Currie (#12), Katherine Hilbert...
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  • MUBC history project - Phase 1 published

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    February 17th, 2015 - submitted by smoke

    MUBC has a rich history dating back to the 1950's. Over the past few years, a group of our alumni have dedicated themselves to a putting together a comprehensive digital volume of club history. The first phase of this project has been the collection a...
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  • AGM 2015

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    February 7th, 2015 - submitted by smoke

    Today MUBC held the annual general meeting to review club business and elect a new committee. Verrocchi and the Anj were masterfully eloquent in their arranging of the meeting and the majority of the positions were successfully filled. I can't believ...
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  • Dunking

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    October 18th, 2014 - submitted by smoke

    Did you ever spend time as a kid on a basketball court wishing and pretending you could dunk?  Jumping off a chair or a fire hydrant lid or nailing a 'backboard slap' and pretending you were in the NBA? Ever get lost in a day-dream where you wer...
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  • 2014 AUG Mens team

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    October 3rd, 2014 - submitted by smoke

      The Melbourne Uni mens basketball team from unigames 2014. They placed 4th overall. Nice. Clockwise from top-left:Daniel Sneddon (#13), Andrew Steel (#35), Johnny Edwards Wang (#9), Simon Clark (#23), Jayden Robertson (#43), Joel Rimes (#8),...
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  • Downtown part 2 - Tommy Greer

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    June 5th, 2014 - submitted by smoke

    Following on from Downtown part 1 with Liam Santamaria, we caught up with recently retired NBL Melbourne Tigers captain Tommy Greer to talk downtown and NBL. enjoy!    Tommy, congratulations on the launch of Downtownball, i'm a huge fan! ...
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  • Downtown part 1 - Liam Santamaria

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    June 2nd, 2014 - submitted by smoke

    With the recent front page article on The Age promoting former MUBC'er Liam Santamaria's Downtown Ball podcast and website with NBL Tigers captain Tommy Greer, we thought this would be a good chance to follow up on our last announcement about Downtown&...
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  • Thursday Mens team - The Great Gorto ain't losing this one

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    February 7th, 2014 - submitted by smoke

    In last nights VBHBA A grade mens nail biter between second placed T Roy Brown and sixth placed Melbourne University, one thing was clear. Baskets were valued at a premium.Still struggling with a two week old hangover, Karl Edwards was heard regur...
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  • Vlade Divac Interview

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    January 24th, 2014 - submitted by smoke

    Melbourne University Basketball Club training was graced today with the presence of NBA superstar and sensational bloke Vlade Divac (@bgoodvlade) in a special guest visit to the Tin Alley sports center. Vlade was very generous in teaching our big me...
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  • 2014 Event Calendar

    January 1st, 2014 - submitted by smoke


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  • MU Alumni launches new basketball blog

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    November 10th, 2013 - submitted by smoke

    MUBC Gold medal winning unigames alumni Liam Santamaria (brother of former black angel VBL captain Ken) has joined forces with Melbourne Tigers NBL captain Tommy 'Grizz' Greer to launch a cool new aussie website about basketball: http://downtownball.n...
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  • 300 games of phenomenal basketball from Liam Norton

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    September 17th, 2013 - submitted by smoke

    Read about MUBC alumni Liam Norton in this month's edition of the Big V magazine:300 games of phenomenal basketball from Liam Norton In case you didn't know, Liam has been involved in 4 Big V finals series for Melbourne Uni including the famous "Norto...
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  • Free throw visualisation training program

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    August 12th, 2013 - submitted by smoke

    This free throw visualisation program was developed by MSAC referee Fatemeh Fazel who is doing post-graduate studies in Psychology. As part of her course work, she has been testing a basketball imagery training exercise with a number of MUBC players. ...
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  • D-Mac interview with NBL Tiger captain Tommy Greer

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    August 9th, 2013 - submitted by smoke

    This is a pretty cool interview with former NBL superstar D-mac (Darryl McDonald) recorded by current Melbourne Tigers NBL captain Tommy Greer. Notable quotes: "I dropped out of high school in the ninth grade, and I used to drop out and go to the par...
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  • NBL Breakers Head Coach reminisces with the Black Angels

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    May 2nd, 2013 - submitted by smoke

    With the recent appointment of former Black Angel head coach Dean Vickerman to the head gig at the New Zealand Breakers, we thought this would be a good chance to get Dean to reminisce on his experience with us. enjoy!    Hey Dean mate, co...
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  • MU crowned King of the Court 2013

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    March 4th, 2013 - submitted by smoke

    The Melbourne Streetball scene was set alight by Masunda, Smoke & Stef last Saturday when they held court to defeat all comers and win the $500 cash prize at the 2013 Melbourne 'King of the Court' 3 on 3 outdoor tournament. The 20 team field didn'...
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  • Warrnambool Tournament A and A Reserve Men won by MUBC affiliates

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    February 1st, 2013 - submitted by smoke

    Warrnambool 2013 was once again, a roaring success for Melbourne Uni Basketball. Fielding 3 domestic womens teams, a Big V womens team, two Big V mens teams and 3 affiliated mens teams, there was always going to be a party on the dancefloor and the ga...
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  • 2012 AUG Mens team

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    October 3rd, 2012 - submitted by smoke

    The Melbourne Uni mens basketball team from unigames 2012. They took home the Silver. Spicy. Clockwise from top-left:Daniel Sneddon (Assistant Coach), Andrew Walker (Coach/Player), Paul Kopanidis, Ryan Oirbans, Stefan Pomasan (#9), Will Burrell (#8), ...
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  • MUBC men champions in 2012 Ballarat A Grade

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    March 30th, 2012 - submitted by smoke

     The MU domestic men were crowned A grade  champions at Ballarat 2012 beating Keysborough's Big V team 55-44 in the final after knocking off Keilor's Big V team in the Semi Final. From left to right: Scott Cuffe, Peter Betros, James Fid...
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  • 2011 AUG Mens team

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    October 3rd, 2011 - submitted by smoke

    The Melbourne Uni mens basketball team from unigames 2011. They placed 4th overall. Blow the whistle! Clockwise from top-left:Tom Bicknell, Tim Clark (#55), Callum Repper (#44), Hunter Santamaria, Andrew Walker (Coach), Will Burrell (#11), Owen Scott ...
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  • MU Men win 2010 Big V Division 1 Championship

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    September 6th, 2010 - submitted by smoke

    Champs again! This time cutting down the nets in Geelong.
  • Unigames 2009 Men take home Silver, Women take home Bronze

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    October 13th, 2009 - submitted by smoke

    Great success on the sunny gold coast.
  • MU Men win 2009 Big V Div 2 Championship

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    October 13th, 2009 - submitted by smoke

    Undefeated regular season. Would have been a clean sweep if the team didn't drop 1 game to Horsham in the finals series. Team list (clockwise from Giosis in the front row wearing the blue towel):Chris GiosisChris NealRobby McCoyMatt RaftonJustin Turnl...
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  • MU Women take home 2009 Big V Div 2 Runners-Up

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    October 13th, 2009 - submitted by smoke

     Congratulations to the girls! Awesome close-out to the season.
  • Brendo & Sam - Life Membership

    November 1st, 2006 - submitted by smoke

    At the 2006 presentation night, the club elected by three fourths majority to award life membership to Brendan 'Brendo' Green and 'Slamming' Sam Sterling in recognition of their enormous contributions to the club. Here's a taste of their involvement. ...
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  • 2005 Unigames men

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    August 30th, 2005 - submitted by smoke

    The mighty, mighty brisvegas squad (Mark Farag is absent from photo). Back row from left: Mark Facciolo, Marcus Norton, smoke, Ben Cleeve, Mike Woodrow, James Fidler, Matt HillbrichFrom row: Glenda De Marinis (coach), Nick masunda
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  • 1953 - MUBC is reborn

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    April 7th, 1953 - submitted by smoke

    In 1947, Melbourne University enrolled and competed in it's first intervarsity basketball tournament. Read more about it in the extract accessible from the 'PDF' link to the right scanned from 'The Ties that Bind' written by June E Senyard (publ...
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