Tag: N.E.W.S

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victorian Warriors 2017 Team Announced

We are pleased to annouce the Victorian Warriors team for the 2017 National Electric Wheelchair Sports event to be held in Sydney between April 16th – 23rd. It will be the 32nd National championship and will feature teams from New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. The Victorian Warriors will aim to retain the Hockey and Roger Melnyk Trophy from 2016.

Players from our Summer Season were selected in a team consisting of 6 players. All 6 players will represent Victoria in Hockey, Balloon Soccer and Rugby League. The following players have been selected in the team.

  1. Luke David (182 Games)
  2. Jules North-Coombes (149 Games)
  3. Michael Murdaca (90 Games)
  4. James North-Coombes (80 Games)
  5. Josh Rycken (77 Games)
  6. Shaun Mott (Debut)

Jules North-Coombes and Michael Murdaca will potentially reach milestone games, while Shaun Mott, will make his debut for Victoria.

Coaches: Hans Boers & Luke David

Two emergency players were selected, Daniel Maugeri (47 Games) and Dominic Renye (30 Games). If needed, they will step in for Victoria or compete for South Australia. Congratulations to the entire 8 players on being selected!

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

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

Victorian Warriors 2017 Training Squad Announced

We are pleased to annouce the Victorian Warriors training squad for the 2017 National Electric Wheelchair Sports event to be held in Sydney between April 16th – 23rd. It will be the 32nd National championship and will feature teams from New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. The Victorian Warriors will aim to retain the Hockey and Roger Melnyk Trophy from 2016.

Players from our Summer Season have been selected in an 8-player training squad, which will be cut down to a final squad of 6 on the 22nd of January. All 6 players will represent Victoria in Hockey, Balloon Soccer and Rugby League. The following players have been selected in the training squad.

Dominic Renye
Luke David
Michael Murdaca
Daniel Maugeri
Jules North-Coombes
James North-Coombes
Shaun Mott
Josh Rycken

Coaches: Hans Boers & Luke David

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

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

N.E.W.S 2015 Report

National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S) Report

On Saturday, 18th of April at Sydney Academy of Sport, the Victoria Pride Warriors battled their way it into the Hockey and Balloon Soccer Grand Finals for the National Electric Wheelchair Sports event.

Victoria were defeated in Balloon Soccer to the undefeated Queensland Gladiators, 4 to 0. In the Hockey final against NSW, the game went into extra-time after a last gasp equaliser from Victoria. Unfortunately, NSW regrouped and put immense pressure on the Victorian team, taking out the trophy for a second year in a row, winning 7 to 4. In Rugby League, NSW once again dominated the competition, defeating QLD, 18 to 0 in the final. Victoria were the only team to score against NSW for the whole Rugby League competition.

Our own, Luke David was selected in the All-Australian team as Vice-Captain. Victorians, Andrew Brandreth, Jules North-Coombes and Dominic Renye made the All-Stars team for Hockey.

The team did their absolute best and VEWSA is very proud of their efforts. A tough preseason awaits and the Mighty Victoria Pride Warriors will be back bigger and better in 2016.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Pride Mobility, Motion Wheelchairs, Super Sealing and Muscular Dystrophy Australia for supporting our players and support crew.

This year was the 30th Anniversary of the National Electric Wheelchair Sports. We would like to congratulate Hans Boers on the magnificent achievement of being the only person to have attended all 30 events. A big thank you goes out to Hans for all the hard work he does for Nationals and VEWSA. His achievement was celebrated by all states on the presentation night, where Luke David, current President of VEWSA read out a testimonial for Hans. The hosts, NSW also surprised Hans with a cake and photobook. For full results from all matches and awesome photos, visit our Facebook and Instagram.

Sport

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2nd

3rd

Balloon Soccer Queensland Victoria New South Wales
Hockey New South Wales Victoria South Australia
Rugby (Touch) New South Wales South Australia Western Australia

Victoria Best and Fairest:

Andrew Brandreth

All Australian Team:

Luke David (Vice-Captain)

All Stars Team:

Andrew Brandreth, Jules North-Coombes, Dominic Renye

By Luke David

N.E.W.S 2013 Report

National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S) Report

It was that time again. Like the last few years, National Electric Wheelchair Sports were held in Narrabeen NSW in April 2013. Andrew Brandreth (Captain), Jamie McBryde (Co Vice Captain), Luke David (Co Vice Captain), Jules North-Coombs, James North-Coombs and Josh Rycken were the 6 players from VEWSA, chosen to represent the Victorian State Team (Pride Warriors). The emergency player for this year was Daniel Maugeri who got the chance to represent ACT at this year’s games.

We arrived in Narrabeen on the Monday, but don’t worry about Monday, the competition started on Tuesday and that’s all we want to hear about, right? Tuesday was all about Balloon Soccer. Last year, we got into the final and played QLD in what was possibly the greatest game of soccer I’ve played in, we went down in extra time by a goal. Of course, we wanted to make up for that this year. Everything started off great with a string of wins against SA and NSW. Our 3rd game was against the reigning champs QLD. We went down 3-1. It was a taste of what was to come.  We defeated ACT and WA to set up a grand final rematch on Saturday. The final on Saturday got everyone at NEWS excited.  We were all hoping for another classic battle but…….. unfortunately, that will have to wait another year after we went down to QLD 5-1 and finished up second.

Hockey! Our sport, the one true sport Victoria excelled at. Ever since I have been playing at NEWS (ie since 2006), Victoria hasn’t been able to go back-to-back in Hockey. Not sure if anyone else knew that, but that was on my mind the whole week and I was determined to change it. Our round robin games went terrifically well. We ended Wednesday undefeated with our closest game being against last year’s runners up QLD, which ended 5-3. A different year, a different opposition, we were to face NSW in the final and what a final it was! Over the past, VIC and NSW have had some intense, tough finals. The whole game was close, so close that it went through extra time and still there was no winner. That meant a penalty shootout was going to be the decider. It was obvious who all the spectators were going for, after all Victoria were the masters at Hockey, so it was understandable that everyone was cheering for NSW the underdogs. I have to be honest, I wasn’t extremely confident.

Not because of our penalty takers, but because of our performance during the game. It wasn’t our best match and that’s not taking anything away from NSW. They played extremely well, which put pressure on us and caused us to make silly mistakes that we wouldn’t usually make. Jules, James and I were chosen to take our shots, while Andrew was chosen to be goalie. I didn’t end up taking my shot, which I was happy about because James and Jules both scored amazing goals, while Andrew saved both of NSW’s shots. We were once again Hockey champions.

Thursday came Rugby. It was a disappointing day to say the least. We finished the day with just a single win. Two losses against QLD and SA were only by 6 points, close games but practice is needed. We were smashed by NSW, who were eventual winners and by WA. Victoria has never had success in Rugby. We have been close a few times, but in NEWS 28 year history, Victoria has never won Rugby. One day that will change and we hope that’s sooner rather than later. Since we lost 4 games in Rugby, we lost the Roger Melynk which is the trophy for best overall team by 1 point.

That was the competition in a nutshell.  We tried our best but there is always room for improvement. I was pleased to see that there were no chair tip overs this year mainly due to a crackdown on unnecessary ramming.  It was also good to get together on the Friday for some social games of Powerchair Football and later on that night for the All Australian vs the All Stars games.

On a personal note I would like to thank Dejay Medical for coming to my rescue and sending a technician to replace a faulty motor on my wheelchair at short notice. On behalf of myself and the players I would like to thank all those who support us and make it possible for us to go to the Nationals.  A big thankyou to our dedicated carers/parents, all the things you do for us are greatly appreciated and we couldn’t do it without you. Thankyou also to our generous sponsors Pride Australia and Motion Wheelchairs, the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the loan of the bus, our coach and bus driver Hans Boers and Photographer Bill McBryde. We also had the return of our very own cheer squad with Craig Kilby and Lorraine Carter once again attending. It was great to have your support. Once again we have had a great year at NEWS but more importantly we have loved every moment of it.

Sport

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2nd

3rd

Balloon Soccer Queensland Victoria Western Australia
Hockey Victoria New South Wales Queensland
Rugby (Touch) New South Wales South Australia Western Australia

Victoria Best and Fairest:

Andrew Brandreth

Overall Best and Fairest:

Andrew Brandreth

All Australian Team:

Andrew Brandreth, Luke David (Vice-Captain)

All Stars Team:

Jamie McBryde, Jules North-Coombes, James North-Coombes

By Luke David

N.E.W.S 2011 Report

National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S) Report

Once again the National Electric Wheelchair Sports (NEWS) were held in Narrabeen NSW in April 2011.  The Victorian State Team (The Pride Warriors) consisted of Chris Green (Captain), Jamie McBryde (Co Vice Captain), Luke David (Co Vice Captain), Andrew Brandreth, Jules North-Coombs and Michael Deayton, while Michael Murdaca and Sam Rendell represented the ACT at the games. The Pride Warriors coach was Hans Boers. This year four players were able to attend the games due to the generosity of the Muscular Dystrophy Association who kindly donated the use of the MDA bus.

The sports began with the traditional Opening Ceremony and Service Awards. Congratulations to Chris, Anne and John Green on the acknowledgement of their 10 years of Service. With the formalities over it was time for the competition. It was obvious every player was built up with excitement.

Day 1. Balloon Soccer! We were eager to go one better than last year when we just lost against NSW in the finals. We knew we would be facing tough competition. We couldn’t take any of the opposition lightly. In our first game of the day the team started off slow just edging out SA 2-1. Qld was next, with new players in their team we weren’t sure what to expect. We worked hard as a team which gave us the win 2-1. In the next two games against WA and ACT we started to play better. It was now time for the real test against NSW. It was a tough game with the final score 2-1 against Victoria. We knew we were capable of beating them; we only had to tweak our game to give us a better chance in the finals.

Day 2. Hockey! It was our sport, the sport Victoria had dominated in the 26 history of NEWS, losing only 5 finals. We wanted to go back to back in the hockey. It was a good performance all round from the guys with QLD and NSW fiercely challenging us for a spot in the finals. Qld managed to draw with us while we just beat NSW 2-1 with Andrew scoring a last minute goal to give us a win and secure a spot in the Grand Final against NSW.

Day 3. Rugby! The trophy we desperately wanted. Victoria had never won a Rugby Grand Final, we were close last year but we just fell short. We wanted to play well to get another shot at it. Our first round robin game against SA didn’t go to plan. A disappointing first half and a wrong call in the second half didn’t help our chances and we lost to SA 18-22. We picked up in the next few games but once again NSW was our greatest challenge. We came so close. With a minute to go and the score at 12-14 Andrew kicked the ball and I was right on to it. But unfortunately it had too much power and it went off court before I could get to it. We fell short of making the Rugby Grand Final by 1 game.

After a day of relaxation came the biggest day of the week. Grand Final Day. Just like last year it was us battling NSW in the Soccer. The match started off well, with both teams having early chances to score. NSW gained momentum and then took control of the game. We tried our best but we were just not strong enough to beat the reigning champions with final scores being 2-0 against Victoria. It was time to move on to the next final, Hockey. Our sport, our game. We went undefeated in the round robin matches and we aimed to go undefeated for the whole week. We started slow, very slow. We conceded the first 3 goals and it was going to be hard to get back. We got back into the match with the score at 5-4 and one goal down. An opposition player entering the 3 meter mark gave us a chance for a free hit but it wasn’t called. NSW gained control of the ball and made sure there was no time for us to level the score. It was a disappointing loss to Victoria. Our last game of the day was the 3rd against 4th Rugby final against QLD. We played well winning the game 34-20. NSW went on to claim all 3 trophies and the Roger Melnyk Award which has only been done twice in the NEWS history.

With the games over it was time to forget about all the rivalry and relax and enjoy ourselves at the Presentation night. Congratulations to Andrew Brandreth for his achievement of both the Best and Fairest Award for Victoria and the Overall Best and Fairest for NEWS.  Andrew has also achieved the Victorian record of 242 games at NEWS breaking the previous record of 240 games held by Sam Morgan.  Well done Andrew!

On behalf of the players I would like to thank all those who made it possible for us to pursue our passion in sport and represent Victoria at the Nationals. A big thank you goes to our dedicated carers/parents, you guys are amazing. Thank you also to our sponsors Pride Australia and Motions Wheelchairs, the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the loan of the bus, our coach and bus driver Hans Boers, Team Manager John Green and Photographer Bill McBryde.  I for one am very proud of my team mates and I am sure everyone else is as well. Next year is our year boys!

Sport

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2nd

3rd

Balloon Soccer New South Wales Victoria Queensland
Hockey New South Wales Victoria Queensland
Rugby (Touch) New South Wales South Australia Victoria

Victoria Best and Fairest:

Andrew Brandreth

Overall Best and Fairest:

Andrew Brandreth

All Australian Team:

Andrew Brandreth (Captain), Luke David

All Stars Team:

Jamie McBryde, Chris Green and Jules North-Coombes

By Luke David

N.E.W.S 2010 Report

National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S) Report

On the 11th of April 2010 the Victorian Pride Warriors travelled to Narrabeen NSW to compete in the 25th Anniversary of the National Electric Wheelchairs Sports (N.E.W.S).  Our team consisted of Coach, Hans Boers, Captain/Assistant Coach Andrew Brandreth, Vice Captain, Chris Green, Jamie McBryde, Luke David, Jules North-Coombs and Michael Deayton. Our two emergencies, Michael Murdaca and Joshua Rycken represented ACT at the games giving them the opportunity to gain valuable experience.

The first day of the competition began with the opening ceremony and some speeches during which Hans Boers was presented with a special gift for his contribution to the sports.  Hans has not missed a game in the 25 year history of the Nationals. The hockey round robin began with some fierce competition. Victoria played well with a strong performance against WA. The match of the day however was against reigning champions NSW. As in the past the game was close. With excellent coaching and great teamwork we were able to dominate the centre and take full control of the game to win 5-3 and ending the day undefeated.

The second day was the Rugby round robin. Once again it was WA, NSW and Vic fighting for a spot in the finals. A close and exciting win against WA (22-20) which is a tough team boosted our confidence however the giants of rugby, NSW, were still undefeated and it was time for us to take on the best in the business.  The intensity of the match was unlike any we have ever played with the lead changing several times and NSW taking the lead at half time. Victoria kept up a solid defence and managed to gain momentum which inspired us to a whole new level of rugby never seen before by Victoria. A try in the last minute meant we took the lead and with only 30 seconds left it was either do or die. We played our very best and held out to win 32/28. Easily the most exciting game we have ever played in rugby and one of my proudest moments in NEWS. Day 2 ended with the Vic team still undefeated.

On the 3rd day we played our soccer round robin matches.  Our two main threats were WA and NSW. WA proved to be strong opponents but we were able hold them back to win 3-2. Now it was only NSW who stood in the way of Victoria being undefeated for the whole round robin competition.   The game started off badly with Andrew tipping his chair after a collision.   Victoria struggled to make an impact on the game losing to NSW 4-0.    Day 3 ended with Victoria making it into all 3 grand finals with only one loss in the whole round robin competition.

Friday was a free day so our team went to the local RSL for a team bonding lunch where Andrew remained undefeated in pool. We spent the rest of the day talking strategies for the Grand Finals on Saturday. Later that night the All Australian Team played the All Stars. It is always a great honour to be selected for the teams and once again Victoria was strongly represented in both sides. Andrew Brandreth and myself were selected in the All Australian team with Hans as the coach. Jamie, Chris and Jules were selected for the All Stars team. Tim McNeil and Oliver North Coombes provided some very entertaining commentary for the matches and Rick Rycken provided the music. The All Australian team won all 3 games in what was a very relaxed and fun filled night.

The day of the finals had finally arrived with Victoria up against our old foes NSW in all 3 Grand Finals. Our first game for the day was hockey. Victoria is traditionally good at hockey winning the title 20 out of 24 times but we had lost the trophy last year and we were determined to bring it back. We knew we had to fix our centre control and make the most of our possession. We showed our superiority in the game and rarely lost control winning 5-3. The Victorian Pride Warriors were the champions of hockey and the trophy was going back to where it belonged. Now it was time to concentrate on our greatest challenge Rugby. Victoria has struggled in rugby in the past but has now become a force to be reckoned with. However we started off badly in the final conceding the first few tries. We looked to be flat and inexperienced compared to NSW and failed to keep the same impenetrable form of a few days earlier. We tried our best to gain control in the 2nd half of the game scoring a few tries but it wasn’t enough and we lost 28-12. We were very disappointed with our performance in the finals but encouraged by how we played in the round robin we are confident that next year will be a different story.  Our final game for the day was Soccer. We had to bounce back from our loss in rugby and we were aiming to win the soccer title 2 years in a row. The first half of the game was as tight as it can get, both defenses were excellent with a score of 0-0 at the end of the 1st half. NSW were the first to score in the 2nd half but we hit back with a quick goal. After a tense few minutes of going back and forth NSW were able to score another 2 goals. This signaled the end for Victoria with time running out NSW won the title 3-1, another disappointing loss for Victoria.

The games were over and it was time to celebrate with a special 25th Anniversary dinner and the presentation of awards.  The Victorian Pride Warriors came 1st in the Hockey and second in Rugby and Soccer.  We were also presented with the coveted Roger Melnyk trophy for being the best performing team in the round robin. After 8 long years the Roger was coming home!  The winner of the Victorian Best and Fairest was Andrew Brandreth. Later that evening Andrew made a moving speech on behalf of all the state players honouring all past and present players and thanking all those involved in the sports over its 25 year history.

In concluding this report the players would like to thank our sponsors Pride Australia and Motion Wheelchairs for their generous support.  Thank you also to our Coach Hans Boers, Assistant coach Andrew Brandreth, Team Manager, John Green, Photographer Bill McBryde and our parents, carers and volunteers for your dedication and encouragement.  Without you and all the hard work behind the scenes this would not be possible.  Competing in the nationals is a great honour and we hope we have made you proud.  Winning 15 out of 18 games is a remarkable achievement; our goal is to do even better next year.

Bring on 2011!

Sport

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2nd

3rd

Balloon Soccer Victoria New South Wales South Australia
Hockey New South Wales Victoria Western Australia
Rugby (Touch) New South Wales Victoria Western Australia

Victoria Best and Fairest:

Andrew Brandreth

All Australian Team:

Andrew Brandreth (Captain), Luke David, Hans Boers (Coach)

All Stars Team:

Jamie McBryde, Chris Green and Jules North-Coombes

By Luke David