Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby Club show their skills to take the title in invitational tournament.
28 September 2016
Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby Club hosted their second invitational tournament on Sunday 18th September. Teams from the South Wales Ospreys, the Southampton Sharks, Stoke Mandeville Maulers and the West Country Hawks travelled to Leisure @ in Cheltenham and played a ’round robin’ sequence of games.
First up, Gloucester played the Hawks with both teams coming out hard, the scores remained very close up to half time. Gloucester dug deep in the third quarter and racked up the points, eventually winning 49-30.
Next up were the Hawks v Sharks and Maulers v Ospreys. The Ospreys were in full flow with 2012 Paralympian David Anthony, crossing the goal line again and again. But they had to fight hard against the experience in the Maulers squad; whilst on court 2 the Hawks and Sharks were testing each other hard with the Hawks eventually triumphing 43-39.
Next up Gloucester battled with the Maulers, both teams took the opportunity to rest some key players and give the bench a good run out; a fast paced game which was great fun to watch!
On Court 2 the Ospreys were putting the Sharks through their paces and we were delighted to see a good group of spectators enjoying the action. Gloucester kept their heads up together for another win, beating the Maulers 39-31.
During the lunch break we were able to offer a ‘have a go’ session thank to Alan Beard and his team of helpers. A great opportunity for some of the supporters to try wheelchair rugby and see how much fun it really is!
Afternoon games were fast and exciting, with the Gloucester v Sharks game proving a real draw for the spectators in the gallery. There were plenty of big hits to keep the crowd entertained and great home support for Gloucester as they edged ahead to win 48-33
Key players for Gloucester showed the massive improvement they have made in the last 12 months with Tasha Davies and Luke Wilson showing great speed and tactical moves.
Charlie Hetherington continued to shine, showing why he plays an important role on the GB development squad. Gloucester came out with passion and flair as they faced the last game of the day against the Ospreys; ending the first quarter only a single point up.
The strength of the Ospreys was impressive, and Gloucester had to draw on all their energy to keep up with them! Unfortunately an injury meant that the Ospreys had to remove a key player from court which gave the home team the opportunity to win by 34-30
Gloucester WRC Chairman David Durston was thrilled with how the event went, and showcased this exhilarating, exciting sport.
“On behalf of GWRC we would like thank the Cheltenham Trust and the team at Leisure @.
Without the support of Gloucester Rugby, EDF Energy and the University of Gloucestershire, it would be impossible to host tournaments like this; we are indebted to them for their input.
Huge thanks also to the referees and officials who made the game possible as well as our own volunteers and support”
GWRC would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved as a player, official or volunteer.
Please contact Nicola Mathew, Secretary on email@example.com
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