A fantastic championship was had by the GB squad as the take their 6th European title. Up against Sweden in the final it was a close and hard fought game, as you would expect, but GB were victorious winning with a comfortable 8 goal margin, 49 – 41.
The IWRF 2017 European Championship will be held on June 24 to July 1, at the Conlog Arena in Koblenz, Germany. Held every two-years, this will be the 11th European Championship, and the first time that Germany has hosted the event.
The eight teams competing in Koblenz are reigning European champions Great Britain, along with Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland, Sweden and host nation Germany.
This tournament is a direct qualifier for the IWRF 2018 World Championship to be held in Sydney, Australia. The top four teams from this event will be invited to Worlds, while teams finishing out of the top four will have a chance to qualify through a Qualification Tournament to be held in early 2018.
All games at the IWRF 2017 European Division A Championship will be webcast live at Sportdeutschland.TV.
A big thanks to all those who turned up to help at the bucket collection at Soar INTU Braehead, all their hard work was greatly appreciated in raising a grand total of £285.43
A wonderfull evening for our Gemma at the ANGUSalive sports awards 2016, where she won the Sports Personality of the Year Award for People with a Disability. An award that Gemma so very much deserves and we at the Crushers are very proud of her.
Going into the final super series their place in division two for the following year was in great doubt. To stay up they would have to beat Liverpool again, and do something that has thus so far eluded them, defeat Yorkshire. They would face Burn, the Hawks and Gloucester on the Saturday and Yorkshire and Liverpool on the Sunday. At times they played some lovely flowing rugby, successfully putting what they trained on into practice. Although they never managed to secure either of the required victories and were ultimately relegated back into the third division, they showed great signs of improvement of which they should be very proud of.
Buoyed by the return of Michael to the squad, the Crushers went into super series two with renewed hope of securing their place in the second division. On the Saturday they were up against Canterbury, Gloucester and Ospreys, then on the Sunday they would face Yorkshire and Liverpool. As expected it was a hard weekend, even with Michael play for them, with the result they were going into the last game winless. The last game was against Liverpool, whom missing big Roy, were there for the taking. It was one of the closes and most exciting game the Crushers had ever been involved in. Nip and tuck all the way, all eyes in the hall were focused on the game then with the final whistle, the Crushers wining by one point, a huge roar went up and the celebrations were akin to Scotland winning the world cup. With the victory and Michael winning best 1.0/1.5, It was a great way to finish of the weekend.
Writes the Telegraph.
Writes the Telegraph.
In the last four years the number of wheelchair rugby teams in the UK has risen from seven to 22, with new clubs in Norwich and Brighton set to come on stream in 2017, while GBWR has been at the forefront of burgeoning youth and spinal recovery schemes.
Pond said: “It’s not a huge amount of money we were asking for and what I’m really stunned by is why we’re the only Paralympics sport that’s had its funding cut to zero. If you’d taken a little bit of money from other major sports, it would easily have covered us.
“It seems UK Sport has gone down the road of chasing medals, but we only lost to Australia by two points in extra-time in Rio so I’m not sure how you can claim we are not sport worth backing. Instead, our programme is in jeopardy and we need to find £2m.”
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