Tri Series Wheelchair action rolls into Canberra this week

Tri Series Wheelchair action rolls into Canberra this week

The on-court action begins with a double-header on Tuesday at AIS Training Hall in Canberra when the Australian Rollers take on South Africa at 10.30am, before backing up to face the Netherlands at 4.30pm.

The Rollers will compete in seven of the eight scheduled games, while both the Netherlands and South Africa will feature in four games a piece, rounding out their Australian preparations.

The Netherlands spent last week involved in a training camp in Sydney, fine tuning their preparations for the upcoming European Championships which will be held in September.  Six teams from the European championships will qualify for the London Paralympics. 

The Netherlands faced off against three NSW based teams last week, defeating the NSW Institute of Sport 65-55 on Tuesday, as well as defeating the Wollongong Rollers 83-67, and the West Sydney Razorbacks 108-61.

Australian based Netherlands player Koen Jansen was outstanding for his team. He led all scorers for his country against the NSWIS, with 20 points and continued that good form…

Another player with history in two countries is Nick Taylor, who last played for South Africa at the Beijing Paralympics and has now lodged an application to the IWBF for a change of basketball nationality as he is now an Australian citizen.

The Rollers team for the series will also include star players such as team captain Brad Ness, Justin Eveson and Grant Mizens.

Australia will compete in the Asia Oceania Zone championships in November with two teams to qualify for London.

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