Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team

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Australia
Australia
IWBF zone Asia Oceania
National federation Basketball Australia
Coach Ben Ettridge
Nickname(s) Rollers
Paralympic Games
Appearances 14
Medals Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: 1996, 2008
Silver medal with cup.svg Silver: 2004, 2012
World Championships
Appearances ?
Medals Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: 2010
Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze: 2006
Uniforms
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The Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team is the men's wheelchair basketball side that represents Australia in international competitions. The team is known as the Rollers. Australia took the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Australia has competed at every men's wheelchair basketball tournament at the Paralympic Games since the first tournament in 1960.[1][2][3] Kevin Coombs was Australia's the first captain of the men's wheelchair basketball team.

Tournament record[edit]

Performance in Paralympic Games[edit]

Performance[edit]

At the 1968 Summer Paralympics, in one of the men's games, they beat Sweden by a score of 43-22.[5]

At the 1990 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship, Australia placed 6th over Germany, its best result at the time.[6]

Past Rosters[edit]

Australian wheelchair basketballer Orfeo Cecconato takes on a Great Britain defender in the final of the men's wheelchair basketball tournament at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games

1960 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Team Members: Kevin Coombs, Kevin Cunningham, Gary Hooper, Bill Mather-Brown, Bruno Moretti, Chris O’Brian,[7] John Turich,[8] Frank Ponta[9]


1996 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Australia finished 1st among 12 teams.
The team beat Great Britain for the Gold Medal with a final score of 78:63.[10][11]

2004 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 2nd among 12 teams.
The Australian's were beaten by Canada 53:70 in the Gold Medal match.

2008 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 1st among 12 teams.
The team beat Canada 72:60 in the Final

2012 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 2nd among 12 teams.
The team was defeated by Canada 58:64 in the Gold Medal match.

Number Name Date of birth Points Club
4 Justin Eveson 10 June 1980 4.5 point player Perth Wheelcats
5 Bill Latham 20 November 1989 4 point player Sydney Wheelkings
6 Brett Stibners 25 June 1979 4 point player Wollongong Rollerhawks
7 Shaun Norris 2 April 1985 3 point player Perth Wheelcats
8 Michael Hartnett 3 June 1982 1 point player Perth Wheelcats
9 Tristan Knowles 25 April 1983 4 point player Wollongong Rollerhawks
10 Jannik Blair 3 February 1992 1 point player Dandenong Rangers
11 Tige Simmons 5 May 1977 1 point player Brisbane Spinning Bullets
12 Grant Mizens 19 April 1977 2 point player West Sydney Razorbacks
13 Dylan Alcott 4 December 1990 1 point player Dandenong Rangers
14 Nick Taylor 18 January 1980 2 point player Wollongong Rollerhwaks
15 Brad Ness 24 November 1974 4.5 point player Perth Wheelcats

2013 AOZ World Championships Qualifier[edit]

With five newcomers, the following team participated at the 2013 AOZ World Championship Qualifier in Bangkok:[16]

Number Name Date of birth Points Club
4 Justin Eveson 10 June 1980 4.5 point player Perth Wheelcats
5 Bill Latham 20 November 1989 4 point player Sydney Wheelkings
6 Adam Deans 4 point player
7 Shaun Norris 2 April 1985 3 point player Perth Wheelcats
8 Michael Hartnett 3 June 1982 1 point player Perth Wheelcats
9 Tristan Knowles 25 April 1983 4 point player Wollongong Rollerhawks
10 Jannik Blair 3 February 1992 1 point player Dandenong Rangers
11 Tom O'Neill-Thorne 3 point player
12 Michael D'Amelio 2 point player
13 Luke Pople 2.5 point player
14 Michael Auprince 21 February 1993 4 point player
15 Brad Ness 24 November 1974 4.5 point player Perth Wheelcats
  • Coaching staff: Ben Ettridge (Head Coach), Craig Friday (Assistant Coach), Luke Brennan (Technical Assistant), Jesse Adams (Physiotherapist) and Leigh Gooding (Team Manager/National Program Manager)[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Coombs, Basketball Australia
  2. ^ Kevin Coombs, Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  3. ^ Easy Win In Basketball At Paralympics ., The Age, 21 September 1960, Google News Archive
  4. ^ Sporting resume – David Gould, starwin.com.au
  5. ^ "World Record to Our Archer". The Age (Sydney, New South Wales). Nov 13, 1968. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Armand Thiboutot, Philip Craven (1996). The 50th Anniversary of Wheelchair Basketball: A History. Waxmann Verlag. p. 80. ISBN 3830954417. 
  7. ^ The Original Wheelchair Basketball team honoured, Basketball Australia, 27 October 2010
  8. ^ Wheelchair Basketball Development League Established, Australian Paralympic Committee, 19 February 2010
  9. ^ "Australian paralympic hall of fame". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Event Guide: wheelchair basketball". ABC. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "1996 Atlanta Paralympics Men's Wheelchair Basketball Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Xth Paralympic Games Atlanta U.S.A. August 15-25 1996 : Australia : team handbook. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 1996. p. 74. 
  13. ^ Results – ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games – Wheelchair Basketball – Men, International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  14. ^ Results – Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games – Wheelchair Basketball – Men, International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  15. ^ [1], International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  16. ^ a b [year=2013&tx_ttnews[month]=10&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=976&cHash=a2390e8d7a61e143c6214b76ab9c2804]

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