Gliders defeat Germany 2-0 in Friendly Games

Gliders defeat Germany 2-0 in Friendly Games

The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team, the Gliders, have recorded back-to-back victories against Germany at the Friendly Games series in Hannover, Germany, over the weekend.

In two highly competitive contests, the Gliders recorded a 51-47 victory in game one and a 54-43 win in game two.

Gliders captain Cobi Crispin led the way for the Gliders in game one with 10 points and five rebounds, while Shelley Chaplin added eight points and Sarah Stewart seven points.

In game two it was Crispin again, top-scoring with 13 points in a great all-round effort that included five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Kylie Gauci added 10 point, five steals and four rebounds, while Bridie Kean added seven points.

Game One – Australian Gliders vs Germany

In a very competitive game, the Gliders ran out winners by four points after trailing the host team in the first half.

In an extremely defensive game the Gliders restricted Germany to 47 points for the game and created many turnovers with excellent pressure defence. Two German players (Mohnen and Schonemann) scored 37 of the 47 German points.

Cobi Crispin played a great captain’s game and was the leading scorer for the Gliders.   

Returning for her first international game for the Gliders in two years, Mel Hall provided a spark coming off the bench with her help defence and speed. Leanne Del Toso also proved to be a handful for the German hosts at the offensive end of the court.

Within five minutes of the start of the third quarter the Gliders extended their lead to nine points and were never fronted from that point on.

 “It was a great defensive effort from the team and in particular it was pleasing that all players hit the court and all contributed,” Coach John Triscari said after the game.

“We are looking forward to tomorrow’s rematch. Our training camp here in Hannover over the next five days, leading up to the 4 Nations Tournament in Hamburg next week, is vital to our preparations for the Oceania Qualifications for London which we are playing in Korea in November.”

Australian Gliders 51 (Crispin 10, Chaplin 8, Stewart 7) defeated Germany 47 (Mohnen 24, Schonemann 13)

Game Two – Australian Gliders vs Germany

In another great defensive effort from the Aussies, they kept the Germans, the Number Two ranked team in the world to 43 points and significantly shut down star player Marina Mohnen, restricting her to eight points for the game (after she scored 24 points in Game One).

The Australians maintained defensive intensity as each player was rotated throughout the game. During the third quarter the Aussies were asked to step up their intensity another notch in defence, which resulted in the Germans only scoring two points with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. The tight defence caused the Germans to have many shot clock and back-court violations.

Cobi Crispin again played a great Captain’s game and was solid in both defence and offence and  well supported by Kylie Gauci, Bridie Kean, Clare Burzynski and Amanda Carter.     

 “We maintained our game plan throughout the entire four quarters and all players, when they hit the court, were able to make valuable contributions,” Gliders coach Coach John Triscari commented after the game.

“It is a credit to our low pointers that they were able to guard much bigger players and block out shots and create turnovers for the opposition. The Gliders displayed a very disciplined approach to the game.

“We now will have a training camp until the end of this week and we are looking forward to arriving in Hamburg on Friday for the 4 Nations Tournaments with our host Germany, and the London 2012 Paralympics host team Great Britain and France.”

Australian Gliders 54 (Crispin 13, Gauci 10, Kean 7) defeated Germany 43 (Schonemann 19, Mohnen 8)