VIC Dandenong Rangers claim WNWBL title

VIC Dandenong Rangers claim WNWBL title

The VIC Dandenong Rangers claimed the 2011 Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League championship in Sydney on Sunday, with a thrilling 62-59 victory against the Sydney Uni Flames.

Having only lost one game for the season, the Rangers faced the one side who had beaten them in the final, but were able to hold on for victory at the Northern Suburbs Basketball Centre.

The Flames’ Liesl Tesch top scored in the game with 26 points, while Shelley Chaplin of the Rangers led the way for her side with 17 points, as well as being named MVP of the series.

The To Be Active Western Stars rounded out a strong season with a third place finish, defeating the Stacks Goudkamp Bears 50-23 in their finals match-up.

2011 Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League Major Award winners were also announced on the weekend.

Best New Talent: MineCraft Comets - Natalie Hodges.

Season Top Scorer: To Be Active Western Stars - Amber Merritt

MVP 1 Pointer Class and member of the All Star Five:

To Be Active Western Stars - Clare Burzynski

MVP 2 Pointer Class and member of the All Star Five:

Stacks Goudkamp Bears – Kylie Gauci

MVP 3 Pointer Class and member of the All Star Five:

Victoria Dandenong Rangers – Shelley Chaplin

MVP 4 Pointer Class and member of the All Star Five:

To Be Active Western Stars – Amber Merritt.

All Star Five member:

Victoria Dandenong Rangers – Cobi Crispin

The 2011 WNWBL Finals were filmed and will be televised on Aurora Community Channel. The programme will be 90 minutes, airing during October and November, and will include additional coverage in December for International Day of People With Disability. The programme will contain highlights from the Bronze playoffs and play by play action from the WNWBL Grand Final game.

Click here to see the full broadcast schedule of the televised 2011 WNWBL Finals

Click here for all fixtures, box scores and results from the finals action.