Gliders sneak past Netherlands

Gliders sneak past Netherlands

The Australia's Women's Wheelchair Basketball team, the Gliders, had a solid 55-51 victory against the much improved, Netherlands in Ottawa, Canada overnight.

The Gliders led at every quarter and once again utilising a smothering pressing defence.

Against a much more physical opponent, the Gliders were still able to get their scoring threats into good scoring positions.   Cobi Crispin and Sarah Stewart were dymanic on the offensive end and were constantly on the end of accurate passes from point guard Shelley Chaplin.

In the second half of the game, the Netherlands reduced the margin to one point for a short term but the Gliders put their foot on the throttle to go on a 15 to 0 run. The Netherlands again made a last minute attempt to reduce the margin and pull out a win but the Gliders steadied with patience on offence milking the clock to conserve the victory.

Coach John Triscari said “we are introducing new concepts and I am pleased with the players ability to grasp what is required of them.   Tonight’s win has set up a return match against the Netherlands tomorrow night in the semi final with Germany playing Canada”.

Coach Triscari made injected Bridie Kean, Cobi Crispin and Amanda Carter half way into the second quarter to give their team-mates a well-earned rest and this trio maintained a healthy lead into half time.

The result was a great team effort, particularly the team’s effort and communication in defense resulting in many easy transition baskets on the offensive end.

Coach John Triscri said “it is great to see the players respond after their disappointing loss to Germany in our previous game, and they showed great character to bounce back and defeat the Canadians. Even though it was a fantastic win we still made many errors and there is a lot of room for us to improve.  We are looking forward to tomorrow’s game against a much improved Netherlands side.”

Photo courtesy of Matt Wells for IWBF.org