Australia national wheelchair rugby team

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Coach Brad Dubberley
Paralympic Games
Appearances 5
Medals Silver medal with cup.svg Silver: 2000 Summer Paralympics
Silver medal with cup.svg Silver: 2008 Summer Paralympics
Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: 2012 Summer Paralympics
World Championships
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Wheelchair rugby is a sport with national representation at the Paralympic games. The Australian Team is known as the 'Steelers'.[1]

Australia has competed at every Paralympics Games since the sport gained full Paralympic Medal status at the 2000 Summer Paralympics.[2] The Steelers also competed in the 1996 Summer Paralympics where wheelchair rugby was a demonstration sport.[3] The 'Steelers' defeated Canada at the 2012 London Games to win its first gold medal.[4]

The sport is not included at the Special Olympics or the Deaflympics.[5]

Wheelchair rugby Atlanta Paralympics (11)

The game[edit]

The sport is one of the few contact sports available for wheelchair sport athletes and was originally known as "Murderball".[2] It was developed in Canada during the 1970s and made its way to Australia in 1981.[6]

The sport uses a volleyball for the ball and combines elements of basketball, soccer and ice hockey. The game is played on a basketball sized court.[7] Each team has four players on the court at any one time.[2] It has drawn large crowds at events such as the Paralympics.

Athlete classifications[edit]

Wheelchair Rugby is open to athletes with quadriplegia.[8] Athletes competing in wheelchair rugby are classified according to their ability. Players are classified using a points system starting at 0.5 for athletes with the least ability through to 3.5 for athletes with the most ability.[8]

A team can have four players on the court but must not exceed 8 classification points (the combined total of the player's individual classifications).[8]

Paralympic Games[edit]

Performances 1996–2012[edit]

1996 Atlanta[edit]

Australia represented by:
MenBrett Boylan, Garry Croker, Andrew Greenaway, Rodney Hamilton, David Jacka, Peter Lock, Steve Porter, Baden Whitehead
Coach – Darryl Wingard
. Wheelchair rugby was a demonstration sport at the 1996 Summer Paralympics. George Hucks was a member of the Australian team. During a practice in Atlanta prior to the start of the games, Hucks broke his kneecap. Hucks, from South Australia, was the team's best player. This was a major loss for the team. Hucks was flown home and another player was flown into Australia to replace him. Australia did not win a single match in wheelchair rugby. They lost to New Zealand 23–39, to Great Britain 33–34, to Canada 24–39, to the USA 18–31 and to Sweden 25–29.[9]

2000 Sydney[edit]

Australia represented by:

MenBryce Alman, Brett Boylan, Cliff Clarke, Garry Croker, Brad Dubberley, Nazim Erdem, Peter Harding, George Hucks, Tom Kennedy, Craig Parsons, Steve Porter, Patrick Ryan
Coaches – Terry Vinyard (Head), Glenn Stephens, Nicholas Bailey Officials – Kim Elwood (Manager), David Bonavita, Wendy Poole
The team won the silver medal after losing to the World and Paralympic champions, United States by one point in the final.[10][11][12]

2004 Athens[edit]

Australia represented by:
MenBryce Alman, Ryley Batt, Grant Boxall, Brett Boylan, Brad Dubberley, Nazim Erdem, George Hucks, George Kersnovske, Steve Porter, Steve Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Ryan Scott, Scott Vitale
Coaches – Terry Vinyard (Head), Glenn Stephens Officials – Kim Ellwood (Manager), Robert Doidge, Maria Spiller
[10]
Australia finished 5th in the tournament.

2008 Beijing[edit]

Australia represented by:
MenBryce Alman, Ryley Batt, Grant Boxall, Shane Brand, Cameron Carr, Nazim Erdem, George Hucks, Steve Porter, Ryan Scott, Greg Smith, Scott Vitale
CoachBrad Dubberley (Head Coach) Officials – Kim Ellwood (Section Manager), Rob Doidge, Noni Shelton, Angela Mansell[10]

Three of the team made their Paralympic debut and Steve Porter attended his fourth Games. The Sttelers won the silver medal losing to the United States 53–44 in the final.[13]

2012 London[edit]

Team co-captains interviewed after winning 2012 Team of the Year at the Australian Paralympian of the Year ceremony

Eleven Australians were named in the Steelers for the London Paralympic Games. The team announcement included six players who would be making their first Paralympic Games appearance:[14]

Australian Team
Portrait Number Name Class Age
310511 - Ben Newton - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 1 Ben Newton 3.0 24
190411 - Nazim Erdem - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 2 Nazim Erdem 0.5 42
091007 - Ryley Batt wheelchair rugby - 3b - 2007 action photo.jpg 3 Ryley Batt 3.5 23
190411 - Josh Hose - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 4 Josh Hose 3.0 25
190411 - Jason Lees - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 7 Jason Lees 1.0 35
310511 - Cody Meakin - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 8 Cody Meakin 2.5 22
190411 - Greg Smith - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 9 Greg Smith 2.0 45
310511 - Chris Bond - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 10 Chris Bond 3.5 26
310511 - Ryan Scott - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 11 Ryan Scott (Co-captain) 0.5 30
310511 - Cameron Carr - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 13 Cameron Carr (Co-captain) 2.0 35
190411 - Andrew Harrison - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg 15 Andrew Harrison 3.0 25

Support staff – Administration – Paul Kiteley (Section Manager) ; Coach – Brad Dubberley (Head); Technical Support – Chevvy Cooper ; Personal Care Assistant – Angela Mansell ; Physiotherapist – Simon Mole[3]

Results[edit]

The Australian team went through the five day tournament undefeated, and won the gold medal.[15]

Group stage
Qualified for the semifinals
Eliminated
Team
Pld W D L G GA GD Pts
 Australia (AUS) 3 3 0 0 182 142 +40 6
 Canada (CAN) 3 2 0 1 163 166 –3 4
 Sweden (SWE) 3 1 0 2 151 155 –4 2
 Belgium (BEL) 3 0 0 3 135 168 –33 0


5 September 2012
19:00
v
Australia  64 – 52 Canada
Batt 37
Bond 10
Team 4
Carr 3
Harrison 3
Smith 2
Newton 1
Hose 1
Lees 1
Meakin 1
Scott 1
Report Lavoie 9
Hirschfield 8
Crone 7
Madell 7
Hickling 6
Whitehead 5
Willsie 4
Dagenais 2
Chan 2
Simard 2
Basketball Arena
Attendance: 5,539
Referee: Darren Roberts (USA), Dave Woods (GBR)
6 September 2012
14:00
v
Sweden  47 – 60 Australia
Uhlmann 9
Norlin 8
Kulle 7
Hjelt 7
Collin 6
Team 4
Sandberg 3
Jansson 2
Wahlberg 1
Report Batt 30
Bond 14
Team 4
Carr 3
Newton 2
Smith 2
Harrison 2
Hose 1
Lees 1
Meakin 1
Basketball Arena
Attendance: 5,622
Referee: Pierre-Alexandre Brière (CAN), Alexander Schreiner (GER)
7 September 2012
10:00
v
Australia  58 – 43 Belgium
Batt 29
Carr 11
Bond 9
Smith 4
Hose 1
Lees 1
Meakin 1
Harrison 1
Team 1
Report Mertens 14
Genyn 11
Verhaegen 5
Hendrix 4
Team 4
Budeners 3
Vanacker 2
Basketball Arena
Attendance: 2,822
Referee: Motoko Izumiya (JPN), Chris van de Riet (NED)
Semi-finals
8 September 2012
14:00
v
Australia  59 – 45 Japan
Batt 27
Bond 14
Smith 6
Scott 2
Lees 2
Meakin 2
Newton 1
Carr 1
Harrison 1
Team 3
Report Ikezakli 24
Nakazato 7
Kanno 6
Shimakawa 4
Sato 2
Team 2
Basketball Arena
Attendance: 5,333
Referee: Mitch Carr (USA), Darren Roberts (USA)
Gold Medal Match


9 September 2012
14:15
v
Canada  51 – 66 Australia
Madell 11
Hickling 7
Whitehead 7
Murao 6
Chan 5
Willsie 4
Simard 3
Lavoie 2
Dagenais 1
Hirschfield 1
Team 4
Report Batt 37
Bond 15
Carr 4
Smith 2
Scott 1
Lees 1
Meakin 1
Newton 1
Harrison 1
Team 3
Basketball Arena
Attendance: 9,048
Referee: Darren Roberts (USA), Chris van de Riet (NED)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian steelers team named for London 2012". Wheelchair Sports Australia. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Wheelchair Rugby". Wheelchair Sports Australia. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Media Guide : London 2012 Paralympic Games. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. 
  4. ^ "Steelers down Canada to win gold". ABC Online. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Depauw, K. P., & Gavron, S. J. (2005). Disability sport. (p. 141) Lower Mitcham, South Australia: Human Kinetics Publishers.
  6. ^ "Murderball – a great tale of wheelchair rugby". The Roar. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Depauw, K. P., & Gavron, S. J. (2005). Disability sport. (p. 152) Lower Mitcham, South Australia: Human Kinetics Publishers.
  8. ^ a b c "Wheelchair rugby". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Golden days of Atlanta : Xth Paralympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, August 15–25, 1996. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Federation. 1996. 
  10. ^ a b c Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  11. ^ Annual Report 2000. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  12. ^ "Australian 2000 Paralympic Team". Pandora WSebsite. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report" (PDF). Australian Paralympic Committee. 2007–2008. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Aussie Wheelchair Rugby team announced for London". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Batt stars as Australia win gold". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.