Melbourne United celebrate a baby boom in NBL season 2021

There’s something in the water at Melbourne United, the club buoyed in season 2021 by somewhat of a baby boom.

Mitch McCarron became the latest United player to welcome a new life into the world when he made a mad dash from their win over Brisbane Bullets last Monday to be with wife Abby, who delivered a little boy named Oslo on Wednesday.

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Chris Goulding (girl, Genevieve), Sam McDaniel (boy, Malakhi), are also new dads, joining Jo-Lual Acuil (girl, Zeruiah), Shea Ili (girls, Parker and Mayer) and the club’s ageless father figure David Barlow (son, Java, daughters River and Vada).

Coach Dean Vickerman said the new arrivals had added an element of joy to the group, which is on a season-high eight-game winning streak after disposing of Illawarra Sunday.

“It’s been fantastic for our group just to share those experiences and see the absolute joy of those guys becoming fathers and experiencing the unselfishness of life to now ‘I’m responsible for this thing, day in, day out’, and watching the growth of those guys as people and fathers,” Vickerman said.

“It’s been awesome and we have six fathers on the team, now.”

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Barlow has been an invaluable resource for the new dads.

“We’ve got one of the best fathers in the league in David Barlow, not only does he give basketball advice, but he’s pretty good at questions asking about kids and how he manages things,” Vickerman said.

He joked that he had put it to the group to let him know if anyone else was expecting.

“I certainly went around and questioned are there any other guys coming on, just to make sure we’re prepared for the rest of the year, but no one put their hand up,” he said.

United’s next task Saturday is a fired up Adelaide 36ers side that knocked off South East Melbourne Phoenix at John Cain Arena on the weekend and could feature the return of Isaac Humphries after more than two months out with a foot injury.

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He says United cannot take the foot off the pedal.

“They played great the other night and what I took from that game was that Phoenix’s energy was a little bit down and we just can’t have that, in a home game, we’ve got to make sure we move bodies and really push that run with our group,” he said.

“I thought they’re (Adelaide) just playing really comfortably right now, I think they’ve got a couple of guys who have really stepped up and now they’ve got an import (Brandon Paul) and Sunday’s (Dech) playing, one of the better defenders in the league.

“They’ve got good perimeter threats, Josh (Giddey) is finding people, and there wasn’t enough made of having Humphries and (import Tony) Crocker out.

“They’re sitting at a point where they’re challenging for a playoff spot. They knocked off Perth, they knocked off South East, they’ve knocked off good teams.

“We come into that one knowing that we’re playing a really good basketball team and we look forward to it.”

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