Round up of the Inaugural 2016 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championships

Disability Sports Australia and the Australian Defence Force was proud to host the Inaugural 2016 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championships held at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in April.

It was a brilliant few days of competition. Some of the players had been playing for a few months, while some were just picking up the sport that weekend. Everyone said how much they enjoyed the competition, especially the RSL Veterans who despite coming last on the ladder, were having the most fun out of all the teams who attended. We even had an appearance by Ron Barassi, AFL Legend, who came and tossed the coin for the Bronze medal match.

In the end, it was South Australia who won the Championships, with Victoria taking Silver and Tasmania the Bronze.

Individual awards went to:

  • Best Back - Ben Hopping from Defence Force 1
  • Best Centre - Matt Gregory from South Australia
  • Best Forward - Brody Healy from South Australia
  • Most Valuable Player - Matt Gregory from South Australia
  • Spirit of the Game - Kevin Faulkner

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Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page.

Thursday 7th April
Time Court 1 Score Court 2 Score
9:00am Tasmania vs Defence Force 1 137 - 61 Defence Force 2 vs South Australia 45 - 84
10:10am Victoria vs RSL Veterans 156 - 20
11:30am Tasmania vs RSL Veterans 133 - 11 South Australia vs Defence Force 1 112 - 46
12:50pm Tasmania vs Defence Force 2 116 - 34 South Australia vs Victoria 89 - 77
2:10pm Defence Force 1 vs RSL Veterans 74 -45 Defence Force 2 vs Victoria 34 - 134
3:20pm South Australia vs Tasmania 89 - 93
Friday 8th April
Time Court 1 Score Court 2 Score
9:00am Victoria vs Defence Force 1 150 - 32 RSL Veterans vs Defence Force 2 31 - 60
10:15am RSL Veterans vs South Australia 36 - 49 Victoria vs Tasmania 74 -32
11:30am Defence Force 1 vs Defence Force 2 79 - 49
1:00pm SEMI FINAL - VIC vs Defence 1 73 - 61 SEMI FINAL - Tasmania vs South Aust 84 - 96
2:30pm BRONZE MEDAL - Tas vs Defence 1 88 - 52
5:00pm GOLD MEDAL - Victoria vs South Aust 52 - 72