Rollers return from Inter Tournament of Champions

Rollers return from Inter Tournament of Champions

The Australian men’s national wheelchair team, the Rollers, have finished the International Tournament of Champions in Charlotte, USA, with a three wins from their seven matches.

Competing without star players and 2010 World Championship team members Justin Eveson, Shaun Norris, Dylan Alcott and Jeremy Doyle, the opportunity arose for some of the younger Australian athletes to compete against the best wheelchair athletes in the world from leading nations the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and Japan.

The Rollers started the tournament well with a 75-61 victory over Japan, but were defeated in their next three contests, going down to Canada 67-52, Great Britain 75-70 and USA Blue 66-52.

The Rollers were not helped by the fact that player Nick Taylor was lost to the team prior to the games commencing due to an infection that saw him spend time in hospital.

Australia secured their second win of the tournament with a five point victory, 60-55 over Germany, before finishing the pool games with a narrow loss to USA White.

In the round of finals, Australia again faced Germany, with the Rollers taking out a three point victory, 64-61 to end the tournament on a high.

Game Results:

Australian Rollers 75 defeated Japan 61

Australian Rollers 52 defeated by Canada 67

Australian Rollers 70 defeated by Great Britain 75

Australian Rollers 52 defeated by USA Blue 66

Australian Rollers 60 defeated Germany 55

Australian Rollers 55 defeated by USA White 60

Final results and placings:

USA Blue 55 defeated Great Britain 48

Canada 69 defeated USA White 61

Australian Rollers 64 defeated Germany 61

1.    USA Blue (6 – 1)

2.    Great Britain (4 – 3)

3.    Canada (5 – 2)

4.    USA White (3 – 4)

5.    Australia (3 – 4)

6.    Germany (2 – 5)

7.    Japan (0 – 6)