Paralympic World Cup: Aussies to playoff for Bronze

Paralympic World Cup: Aussies to playoff for Bronze

The Australian Gliders and Rollers will face Great Britain and Italy respectively in the Bronze medal playoffs at the Paralympic World Cup tomorrow after both Australian teams notched their first wins of the tournament in Manchester.

The Gliders wiped the floor with hosts Great Britain overnight with a 56-28 win.

The Australians out-scored the Britons in every quarter in their best performance of the tournament.

The Gliders were too easily able to penetrate Britain’s defence, recording 46 of their 56 points in the paint.

Britain’s poor shooting did not help their cause, converting only 25 per cent from the field, but the Gliders tough defence limited their shot selection.

Kylie Gauci led all scorers with 11 points, Shelley Chaplin and Cobi Crispin were in support with 10 points apiece.

The Gliders will take plenty of confidence into tomorrow’s Bronze medal game when they will once against face Great Britain from 7.00pm AEST tonight.

The men’s matchup between the Australian Rollers and Great Britain saw a return to the Rollers traditional style of play as the Aussies overpowered the hosts to take the win 68-50.

The Rollers came out of the blocks strong and, following the two losses in the tournament, there was immediately a more determined approach to the Australians’ play.

The Rollers defence was more committed and switched on throughout the contest and a hard-nosed approach was evident.

Justin Eveson was very keen to bounce back from the disappointing loss to Italy yesterday and set the tempo with his chair pushing and aggressive play. Eveson was influential throughout the contest and dominated the scoreboard from start to finish, not even a significant ‘shooting arm’ injury in the second half could slow him down, he finished the match with a game high 24 points.

Bill Latham entered the game in the first quarter and continued where Justin started and put on a quick six points to consolidate the lead, 13-8 at the first break.

The Britons held their own in the second quarter but with the chemistry back in the Rollers group, especially with the Eveson, Brad Ness and Shaun Norris combination, they blew away the opposition in the third quarter and took a 16-point lead into the final quarter.

After two narrow losses in the first two rounds of the tournament the 18-point win was a great boost for the Aussies with a wide spread of scoring amongst the team.

The Rollers take the floor against Italy in the men’s bronze medal playoff from 9.15pm AEST.

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AUSTRALIAN GLIDERS 56 (K Gauci 11, C Crispin 10, S Chaplin 10) def
GREAT BRITAIN 28 (P McDonald 8, L Williams 6, H Freeman 5, L Sugden 5)

AUSTRALIAN ROLLERS 68 (J Eveson 24, B Latham 11, S Norris 10) def
GREAT BRITAIN 50 (D Highcock 14, S Brown 7, A Orogbemi 7)