2018 Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup Season
The Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup season will be launched next Monday March 19th at Aqualink Box Hill.
The season launch will begin with a Junior Club Challenge involving four Junior players from MRUFC Unicorns, Harlequin Rugby Club Melbourne, Box Hill Rugby Union Football Club and Power House Rugby Union Melbourne.
Following these exhibition matches will be the first round of the Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup. Box Hill Rugby Union Football Club will take on Harlequin Rugby Club Melbourne before Power House Rugby Union Melbourne plays MRUFC Unicorns.
Wheelchair Rugby is the toughest sport on wheels! It is a fast paced, tactical game for people with a physical disability that affects at least three of their limbs.
Since its inclusion to the Paralympic Games in 2000, wheelchair rugby’s popularity has taken off worldwide.
Played on a hardwood basketball court over four 8 minute quarters, two teams battle it out using their specially designed wheelchairs to crash, block and trap their opponents in an attempt to stop them from scoring a goal, which is achieved when a player crosses the opposition’s goal line with possession of the ball.
Despite its intensity, wheelchair rugby is a family friendly and accessible sport that both men and women can play. The classification system allows players with a wide range of functionality to compete on a level playing field.
Exciting for both players and spectators alike, it incorporates elements of several sports including ice hockey style checking, the ball movement of basketball, the scoring of rugby and the use of a volleyball.
If you would like more information about wheelchair rugby, from local training and championships, to state, national and international competitions, contact the Wheelchair Rugby Coordinator at Disability Sport & Recreation Jason Lees.
Phone: 03 9473 0133