Category: Nationals

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Australian Powerchair Football Club Championships 2020 Fixture

South Melbourne Powerchair FC will travel to Sydney on January 15th for the fifth Australian Powerchair Football Club Championships. Ten other teams from around Australia and New Zealand will compete at the event. We wish the team the best of luck! Make sure you follow all of our social media channels for results and updates throughout the event. You can find all updates via the Powerchair Sports Victoria and South Melbourne Powerchair Team accounts.

Club Champs 2020 Fixture
Club Championship 2020 Fixture

Victorian Pride Warriors 2020 Team Announced

We are pleased to announce the Victorian Pride Warriors team for the 2020 National Electric Wheelchair Sports (NEWS) event to be held in Sydney between April 18th – 26th. It will be the 35th National Championships and will feature teams from New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and a mixed-team featuring players from all over Australia.

Players from our Victorian Powerchair Premier League (VPPL) Pre-Season have been selected in a squad of six (6). All six players will represent Victoria in Powerchair Hockey, Powerchair Football and Rugby League. Chris Kessaris and Craig Kilby will both make their debuts for the Warriors, while Angus, Wendy and Shaun have been selected as emergencies for the first time.

The following players have been selected in the team: *Games played for Victoria at NEWS

  1. Chris Kessaris (Debut)
  2. Jules North-Coombes (173 Games)
  3. Luke David (218 Games)
  4. Shaun Mott (36 Games)
  5. Daniel Maugeri (24 Games)
  6. Craig Kilby (Debut)

Emergency Players: Angus Lloyd, Wendy Odgers, James North-Coombes & Shaun Millett

Head Coach: Luke David

Assistant Coaches: Craig Kilby & Rebecca Gulle

Team Manager: TBA

The team will participate in training sessions and VPPL Pre-Season matches in preparations for NEWS 2020.

Victorian Pride Warriors proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility and Motion Wheelchairs.

Victoria at National Electric Wheelchair Sports:

’86, ’87, ’91, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’10, ’12, 16′ Roger Melnyk Winners
’86, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’10, ’12, ’13, ’16, ’17 Hockey Champions
’04, ’09 Balloon Soccer Champions
’18, ’19 Powerchair Hockey Champions

For more information, email info@psv.org.au

State Coach (N.E.W.S 2020) Applications NOW OPEN

Expressions of interest for the position of Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Victorian Pride Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S.) 2020 are now being accepted. Applications close on Sunday the 10th of November. The role requires a person that is passionate, dedicated and eager to get involved.

N.E.W.S. 2020 will be held from the 18th – 26th of April 2019, at the Sydney Academy of Sports. The State Coach will be in charge of selecting a squad and running training sessions for the VPPL Pre-Season and will also require full attendance at the National event.

Applicants should contact the secretary, Adam Lloyd, via email (secretary@vewsa.org.au) to request the State Coach duties and responsibilities guidelines. Applicants must provide a brief explanation on why they would be suitable for the role and what they can bring to the team.


History of N.E.W.S

N.E.W.S. is specifically for people who use electric wheelchairs for their everyday mobility. It was created for people with neuromuscular disorders to compete on an equal playing field.

N.E.W.S, was the brainchild of Roger Melnyk, who had a type of Muscular Dystrophy and was the Executive Officer of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Victoria. He took his idea to the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of Australia and the sports were developed to give athletes an opportunity to compete for their state.

N.E.W.S is the showcase for electric wheelchair sports in Australia. It is an unique annual event which displays the all round skills of each athlete in the three sports of Powerchair Football, Powerchair Hockey and Rugby (Touch Football). Today, we have competing teams from, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. The games are played in a highly competitive atmosphere.

The standard of play at N.E.W.S has improved every year since the first games in 1986.

Victorian Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports:

’86, ’87, ’91, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’10, ’12, 16′ Roger Melnyk Winners
’86, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’10, ’12, ’13, 16′, 17′ Hockey Champions
’04, ’09 Balloon Soccer Champions
’18, ’19 Powerchair Hockey Champions

Victorian Warriors (2018)

Victorian Pride Warriors Powerchair Hockey Champions!

It was the time of year again where Powerchair Athletes across Australia competed in the National Electric Wheelchair Sports competition. It ran from the 13th to the 20th of April with some intense days of competition concluding with the finals on Good Friday. The Victorian Pride Warriors team consisted of:

  1. Michael Murdaca (126 Games)
  2. Jules North-Coombes (173 Games)
  3. Luke David (218 Games)
  4. Shaun Mott (36 Games)
  5. Daniel Maugeri (83 Games)
  6. Josh Rycken (113 Games)

Assistant Coach: Rebecca Gulle

The squad also consisted of two emergencies; Craig Kilby and Julia Svaganovic. The team arrived on the 13th and the 14th and were ready to go for Day 1 of competition.

Day 1 | Powerchair Football

Day 1 saw the first ever game of Powerchair Football at N.E.W.S in its 34-year history. Victoria played its first game against the Western Wasps which was a hard fought game for both teams. The Wasps managed to score early into the second half to take a 1-0 lead. The Victorians tried their hardest to score an equaliser and had most of the play but they couldn’t get a goal on the board with the Western Australians holding on to win by a goal. In the second game we took on the South Australian Scorpions and much like the first game it was hard and intense. Neither team could score a goal, before a controversial call gave the Victorians the lead late in the game. After a lengthy discussion the goal was overturned and the scores remained 0-0. While disappointed, it appeared the right decision was made as both teams were happy for the disallowed goal. It then ended in a 0-0 draw. Our final match of the day was against the favourites in New South Wales. The Strikers managed to gain a 2-0 lead early in the game through some great plays. The game took a bit of a turn as the Victorians became more attacking to try and get back into the game. The second half saw the Warriors have most of the control as they kept pushing and pushing. Unable to get a goal back, the Warriors ended the day with a 2-0 loss. Although disappointed not to get a win on the first day of competition, the Victorians took a lot out of it and were confident of getting a win in the 3rd place playoff in the finals against Western Australia.

WA 1 def. VIC 0
VIC 0 drew. SA 0
NSW 2 def. VIC 0

Day 2 | Powerchair Hockey

The second day was Powerchair Hockey, the sport that many of the Victorian players love to play. It started off with a dominant display against the South Australian Scorpions. It was a rocky start with the Scorpions able to score the first goal of the game against the run of play. From there the Warriors took control and never looked back. Some awesome blocking and great shooting saw the Warriors score the next seven goals to take their first win of the competition. Next up the Warriors took on the Strikers. A very early goal saw the Warriors take the lead and from there were able to hold on. The Strikers made the Victorians work for every minute of the game and pushed them right to the end. Two late goals from the Warriors gave them a comfortable lead in the final few minutes. The margin may have been 3 goals but New South Wales were no easy opponents. The final game saw the Western Wasps come up against the undefeated Warriors. With a Grand Final spot already sealed and the Wasps desperate to make the final, the Victorians had a chance to check out a potential grand final opponent. A great start saw the Warriors jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Wasps then took control and managed to get one back, before the Warriors wrestled back the momentum and took complete control. Another 5 goals were to follow as the Victorians claimed another 7-1 victory. The Western Wasps managed to scrape through to the second grand final spot on goal difference.

VIC 7 def. SA 1
VIC 3 def. NSW 0
VIC 7 def. WA 1

Day 3 | Powerchair Rugby

The third day of competition was a very disappointing one for the Victorians as they were dismantled in all three games of Rugby League. The first game was a great opportunity to see where the team was at as they took on NSW. It was a horrible start as the Strikers capitalised on poor defence and made the most of the Warriors turnovers. It was much the same for the rest of the match as the Strikers ran away with a massive 44-0 win. In the second game the team was hopeful for a better showing but it was yet another disappointing display as the defence was no match for the Scorpions attack. The day went from bad to worse when a big tackle saw Luke David’s chair break down. The Warriors never looked like scoring for the second game in a row as the Scorpions took a comfortable 32-0 victory. The final game was against the Wasps who also missed out on the final. The Wasps jumped out to an early lead and it looked like another heavy loss was to follow for the Warriors. It appeared things weren’t going to get any better when the team was forced to play four players when another big knock forced another player to the sideline. A great act of sportsmanship followed as the Western Wasps decided to play only four players aswell. The second half saw Luke David return to the field and the game returned to a 5v5. Unfortunately, it didn’t change the outcome as the Western Wasps were able to take a 22-4 win to end a dark day for the Warriors.

NSW 44 def. VIC 0
SA 32 def. VIC 0
WA 22 def. VIC 4

Day 5 | Grand Finals

The big day had finally arrived with the Victorians aiming to win all three of their clashes with the Western Wasps. The first game was the 3rd place playoff for Powerchair Football. The team entered the game with a fresh line-up and different strategy. The Warriors had control for the majority of the game with an early goal to Josh Rycken gave the Warriors the lead and the momentum. It was much the same in the second half with Josh Rycken claiming his second goal which gave the Warriors a handy 2-0 lead. From there the Victorians kept up their attacking pressure while maintaining a strong defence. They held on to take out 3rd place for Powerchair Football with a 2-0 result.

Straight after it was the Powerchair Football Grand Final which saw a close contest as NSW won 1-0 against the Scorpions. The same two teams then competed for 3rd place in hockey with the strikers winning again 1-0. Next up it was the Grand Final. The Warriors took the favourites tag after a dominant Day 2 in Hockey. The Western Wasps came out with a heavier focus on defence and it showed as the Warriors were unable to find a goal in the first half. The intense game continued in the second half with both teams pushing to find a goal. The Warriors were able to hit the scoreboard after a Luke David shot finally got past the defence and the goalkeeper. The Warriors were desperate to gain a bigger lead but couldn’t find another. It then got into the final minutes and the Wasps were fighting hard to get an equaliser. They pushed the Victorians right to the end, and almost found a goal in the final 10 seconds but the keeper Michael Murdaca had other ideas. A 1-0 win gave the Victorians their second Powerchair Hockey title.

The team then had to put celebrations on hold to face the West Australians again in the 3rd place playoff for Rugby League. The team were confident they could turn the tide and claim a win. But it was much the same as the Wasps forced many gaps and created a number of try scoring opportunities. While it felt like the Warriors had improved, it was ultimately for very little as the Wasps managed to take a big 36-6 win to claim 3rd place. The final match of the day saw NSW win their 11th Rugby League title in a row as they beat SA Scorpions in a tight struggle 12-4. All in all, it was another great day as the attention turned to the dinner and presentation. A fun night was had as everyone got the chance to celebrate another successful week at N.E.W.S. It was then time to head home with many memories and aspirations for the future. Another successful week was had by all and we all can’t wait to come back again. For the Warriors we will celebrate our successes while also learning from our defeats with the aim to come back even better in 2020.

3rd Playoff Powerchair Football: VIC 2 def. WA 0
Grand Final Powerchair Hockey: VIC 1 def. WA 0
3rd Playoff Powerchair Rugby: WA 36 def. VIC 6

Victoria won the Powerchair Hockey Championship at NEWS for the second year in a row!

Victorian Pride Warriors 2019
Victorian Pride Warriors 2019

Thank you to our sponsors, Pride Mobility, Motion Wheelchairs and Support Your Way for your amazing support. Also to our support crew and carers who attended the week and helped our players participate. Congratulations to our Victorian team for a fantastic effort in all three sports. Congratulations to all participating teams and players. Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who helped make this week what it was. See you all again in 2020!

Champions:
Rugby League: New South Wales
Powerchair Football: New South Wales
Powerchair Hockey: Victoria
Roger Melnyk Trophy: New South Wales

Individual Victorian Awards:
Best & Fairest: Shaun Mott
Michael Baptiste Encouragement Award: Shaun Mott
All-Australian Selection: Luke David (Vice-Captain), Shaun Mott

Shaun Mott claims Best & Fairest for Victoria
Shaun Mott claims Best & Fairest for Victoria

Warriors Gear Up For NEWS 2019

The Victorian Pride Warriors team of 2019 have finalised their preparations for the 34th National Electric Wheelchair Sports (NEWS) event in Sydney next week, April 15th – 19th. The competition will feature teams from New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

This year, NEWS has introduced Powerchair Football into the competition which has replaced Balloon Soccer.

Players from our Victorian Powerchair Sports League (VPSL) were selected in a team consisting of 6 players. All 6 players will represent Victoria in Powerchair Hockey, Powerchair Football and Rugby League. The team will welcome back Jules North-Coombes who returns from retirement. Luke David retains the Captaincy while Shaun Mott will take the Vice-Captain role for a second year in a row.

The following players have been selected in the team: *Games played for Victoria at NEWS

  1. Michael Murdaca (69 Games)
  2. Jules North-Coombes (161 Games )
  3. Luke David (206 Games)
  4. Shaun Mott (24 Games)
  5. Daniel Maugeri (12 Games)
  6. Josh Rycken (86 Games)

Emergency Players: Craig Kilby, Julia Svaganovic

Head Coaches: Luke David & Rebecca Gulle

Team Manager: Adam Lloyd

What the coaches had to say:

Luke David: Everyone in the squad has trained hard over the last couple of months, in recent years we haven’t had the opportunity to train as a team prior to the competition so it has been great for us as a group to really work on our game plans. We chose the squad based on performances in all three sports throughout the VPSL season and it was really encouraging to see how well everyone played at Pride Cup 2019. I believe we have a squad that will be competitive in all three sports next week and I look forward to seeing how we match up against the other states.

 

Rebecca Gulle: It has been great to watch the senior and junior members of the club come together to train for this competition. The team comradery is at its peak and hopefully that shows at this competition.

Warriors NEWS 2019 Fixture
Warriors NEWS 2019 Fixture – Victorian Pride Warriors proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility Australia, Support Your Way & Motion Wheelchairs

Livestream:

All Victorian Pride Warrior matches will be livestreamed through the VEWSA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VEWSA/

Victoria at National Electric Wheelchair Sports:

  • ’86, ’87, ’91, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’10, ’12, 16′ Roger Melnyk Winners
  • ’86, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’10, ’12, ’13, 16′, 17′ Hockey Champions
  • ’04, ’09 Balloon Soccer Champions
  • ’18, Powerchair Hockey Champions

 

Victorian Pride Warriors 2019 Team Announced

We are pleased to announce the Victorian Pride Warriors team for the 2019 National Electric Wheelchair Sports (NEWS) event to be held in Sydney between April 13th – 20th. It will be the 34th National Championships and will feature teams from New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.

This year, NEWS will introduce Powerchair Football into the competition which will replace Balloon Soccer.

Players from our Victorian Powerchair Sports League (VPSL) were selected in a team consisting of 6 players. All 6 players will represent Victoria in Powerchair Hockey, Powerchair Football and Rugby League. The team will welcome back Jules North-Coombes who returns from retirement. Luke David retains the Captaincy while Shaun Mott will take the Vice-Captain role for a second year in a row.

The following players have been selected in the team: *Games played for Victoria at NEWS

  1. Michael Murdaca (69 Games)
  2. Jules North-Coombes (161 Games )
  3. Luke David (206 Games)
  4. Shaun Mott (24 Games)
  5. Daniel Maugeri (12 Games)
  6. Josh Rycken (86 Games)

Emergency Players: Craig Kilby, Julia Svaganovic

Head Coaches: Luke David & Rebecca Gulle

Team Manager: Adam Lloyd

Victorian Warriors

Victorian Pride Warriors proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility, Motion Wheelchairs, SuperSealing, Muscular Dystrophy Australia

Victoria at National Electric Wheelchair Sports:

  • ’86, ’87, ’91, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’10, ’12, 16′ Roger Melnyk Winners
  • ’86, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’10, ’12, ’13, 16′, 17′ Hockey Champions
  • ’04, ’09 Balloon Soccer Champions
  • ’18, Powerchair Hockey Champions

Training Sessions:

10 Feb 2019 | Aquahub | 11am – 2pm
10 Mar 2019 | Aquahub | 1pm – 4pm
24 Mar 2019 | Aquahub | 1pm – 4pm
31 Mar 2019 | Aquahub | 1pm – 4pm

For more information, email luke.david@vewsa.org.au

Victorian Warriors 2019 Training Squad Announced

Victorian Warriors have announced a 10-player squad that will train together for the next month ahead of National Electric Wheelchair Sports 2019.

The coaching group have invited ten players from the Victorian Powerchair Sports League (VPSL) 2018/19 season to try out for selection for the Victorian Warriors 2019 team. The training squad will practice together over the next month before the final squad of six is announced with two emergencies. New members Jackson, Gavin and Angus have been invited to train alongside the squad to further develop their skills.

2019 Victorian Warriors Training Squad:

Luke David (Scorpions)
Shaun Mott (Dragons)
Chris Kessaris (Dragons)
Michael Murdaca (Dragons)
Daniel Maugeri (Scorpions)
Jules North-Coombes (Dragons)
Josh Rycken (Scorpions)
Dominic Renye (Dragons)
Julia Svaganovic (Scorpions)
Craig Kilby (Scorpions)

Victorian Warriors
Victorian Warriors proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility, Motion Wheelchairs, SuperSealing, Muscular Dystrophy Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VEWSA announce N.E.W.S 2019 Coaches

VEWSA has officially unveiled new Head Coach, Luke David and Assistant, Rebecca Gulle as the new coaching group for the Victorian Warriors.

Victorian Warriors
Victorian Warriors proudly supported by Pride Mobility, Motion Wheelchairs, SuperSealing, Muscular Dystrophy Australia

Luke David, 26, has rich and significant experience both as a player and coach at state and national level, including Head Coach of Melbourne City Powerchair Team, thirteen years playing experience with Victorian Warriors, and as an assistant coach under the previous Head Coach, Hans Boers since 2015. Luke will be the first player/coach for the team since Alan Wright.

Rebecca Gulle, 26, has been involved with VEWSA since 2017 when she became a committee member and also the state coach of the Victorian Powerchair Football team. Her coaching roles quickly grew to Melbourne City at the 2018 Club Championships and then as an assistant coach for the Victorian Warriors at N.E.W.S. 2018.  Her eagerness to learn and her dedication to the sports saw her appointed as the inaugural South Melbourne Powerchair Team Head Coach and her biggest role yet, Coach of the Australian Sliders Powerchair Hockey team which competed at the World Championships in September 2018.

Left to Right: Rebecca Gulle, Luke David and Hans Boers

The Victorian Warriors will compete at National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S.) 2019 which will be held in Sydney, April 13 – 20. A team of six and two emergencies will be selected over the next month for the three sports of Powerchair Football, Powerchair Hockey and Rugby League. Players in the Victorian Powerchair Sports League (VPSL) are eligible for selection. It will be the 34th N.E.W.S. event.

We would like to thank Hans Boers for his tremendous work as he retires after 17 years and 282 matches with the Victorian Warriors. Hans is the longest serving coach not just for the team but at N.E.W.S as well. He has bought success to the team with a number of Hockey championships and Roger Melnyk Trophies. Hans will continue to support the team and currently sits on the committee.

Luke and Rebecca will work closely together as they have in multiple roles over the past two years. After winning the Hockey championships three years in a row, both coaches look to add another championship in 2019 but are also looking to the elusive Rugby League trophy. 2019 will be the first year that Powerchair Football will be played at N.E.W.S after it replaced Balloon Soccer. It’s a clear goal of the coaching group to win the first Powerchair Football trophy at N.E.W.S.

Victorian Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports 2018

          

State Coach (N.E.W.S 2019) Applications NOW OPEN

Expressions of interest for the position of Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Victorian Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S.) 2019 are now being accepted. Applications close on Friday the 5th of December. The role requires a person that is passionate, dedicated and eager to get involved.

N.E.W.S. 2019 will be held from the 13th – 20th of April 2019, at the Sydney Academy of Sports. The State Coach will be in charge of selecting a squad and running training sessions for the remainder of the Victorian Powerchair Sports League and will also require full attendance at the National event.

You can find the duties and responsibilities of State Coach below. Please read carefully if interested in applying.

State Coach of N.E.W.S. – Duties and Responsibilities

Please provide a brief explanation on why you would be suitable for the role and what you can bring to the team. Applications are to be sent to President, Luke David, via email (luke.david@vewsa.org.au).


History of N.E.W.S

N.E.W.S. is specifically for people who use electric wheelchairs for their everyday mobility. It was created for people with neuromuscular disorders to compete on an equal playing field.

N.E.W.S, was the brainchild of Roger Melnyk, who had a type of Muscular Dystrophy and was the Executive Officer of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Victoria. He took his idea to the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of Australia and the sports were developed to give athletes an opportunity to compete for their state.

N.E.W.S is the showcase for electric wheelchair sports in Australia. It is an unique annual event which displays the all round skills of each athlete in the three sports of Powerchair Football, Powerchair Hockey and Rugby (Touch Football). Today, we have competing teams from, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. The games are played in a highly competitive atmosphere.

The standard of play at N.E.W.S has improved every year since the first games in 1986.

Victorian Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports:

’86, ’87, ’91, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’10, ’12, 16′ Roger Melnyk Winners
’86, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’10, ’12, ’13, 16′, 17′ Hockey Champions
’04, ’09 Balloon Soccer Champions
’18 Powerchair Hockey Champions

Victorian Warriors (2018)

2018 APFA National Championships

This past September the Australian Powerchair Football Association National Championships were held in Brisbane, organised by the QPFA. It was the first occurrence of this event in Brisbane, and the competition was fierce from all parts of Australia and New Zealand.

Victoria fielded a relatively new lineup this year, with debutant Chris Kessaris and loan marquee Matthew Mallows teaming up alongside the experienced James North-Coombes, Jules North-Coombes, and Craig Kilby. A tough ask for the team as they were unable to train together before the tournament, but an excellent show of effort and determination throughout.

Victoria’s first game was up against a young Kiwi Green outfit, in which the VICS suffered a narrow 2-0 loss in a highly competitive match filled with a plethora of chances.

In their second game against a highly skilled Western Australia team, the VICS were comprehensively beaten 7-1 after taking the initial lead through a great goal by Matthew Mallows.

Up next, on the second day, was New South Wales, in which the Victorian team was unable to cope with the high speed and pressure of an extraordinarily well drilled and skilful NSW team, ending in a 17-0 loss.

A tough day for Victoria as they lost 11-0 to a very strong Queensland Cyclones outfit, however, defensive improvements were finally starting to shine through as the team began to play as more of a cohesive unit.

Day 3 started off with a tough game against Kiwi Red, who were having a fantastic tournament and were in scintillating form. A tough 6-0 loss, some very unlucky goals costing Victoria in a game which was highly competitive.

Victoria’s final game, and definitely their best, came against the QLD Barbarians. Both teams were playing for pride here, and it showed as the game was highly competitive and action-packed. Matthew Mallows scored the opener with a great piece of solo play before the Barbarians equalized after the young Jack Parry cooly slotted a penalty. Unable to capitalise on any of the chances that followed, both teams settled for a spirited 1-1 draw.

All in all a very tough tournament for Victoria, but a great show of competitiveness from everybody involved nonetheless.