Two Teams To Make Ice Hockey Debuts At C-Pool World Championships

The Australian Para Ice Hockey squad (Photo: Australian Paralympic Committee)

VIERUMAKI, Finland – A three-team tournament has been set for the World Para Ice Hockey World Championships C-Pool which the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Friday would be hosted in Vierumaki, Finland in November. In exciting news, Australia and China will make their international para ice hockey debuts in the tournament.

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Great Britain Breaks Through For First Men’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championship

British players celebrate their Wheelchair Basketball World Championship (Photo: IWRF)

HAMBURG, Germany – For the first time Great Britain has claimed the Men’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championship, defeating the United States in the final 79-62 on Saturday, breaking through after finishing second to the Americans on two previous occasions.

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Netherlands Claims Women’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championship

The Netherlands Women’s Team celebrates winning the wheelchair basketball world championship (Photo: IWBF)

MUNICH – The Netherlands has won the women’s tournament at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championship at Munich on Saturday night. The Dutch side beat Great Britain 56-40 in the final, claiming its first world championship title, following up from a bronze medal in 2014, the team’s first ever medal.

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Wheelchair Basketball World Championship Men’s Quarter-Finals Set

Brazil makes a basket (Photo: IWBF)

MUNICH – Iran, Turkey, Spain, Great Britain, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and Poland will make up the men’s quarter-finals at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championship following the end of preliminary play on Monday.

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Canada Defeats Australia In Wheelchair Basketball World Championship Overtime Battle

Canda makes a basket against Australia (Photo: IWBF)

MUNICH – In a thrilling game on day four of the Wheelchair Basketball World Championship Canada managed to get an overtime victory against Australia in a crucial game on the women’s side of the draw on Sunday.

Arinn Young was the star for the Canadians, recording a double-double thanks to a haul of 31 points and 15 rebounds, vital in the 82-74 victory. Canada started well, punishing Australian errors and pushing out to a five-point lead at halftime. But the Gliders came back in the second half, pushing Canada and getting a four-point lead with 30 seconds to play thanks to some stern defense. Despite trailing by two baskets with so little time remaining Canada powered back and forced overtime with the score knotted at 68. Cruising into the extra period Canada rode that through to seal the victory as the Australians sloppiness from the first half returned.

There was heartbreak for the South Korean men whose dramatic comeback fell just short losing to Poland by one-point. Down by 14 all seemed lost for the Koreans, well outplayed in the game until the comeback started and with 3.4 seconds to play South Korea had the chance to take the win. The ball was in the hands of Korea but there just wasn’t enough on the shot, coming off the front of the rim to give Poland a 54-53 win.

The Great Britain women’s team continued its perfect start to the tournament with a come from behind victory over Spain. Spain led early but faded in the second half allowing the British side to come back and claim a 47-38 win.

Iran’s men and Germany’s women managed big victories on Sunday with Iran dominating from the opening tip against Morocco to win 75-46. The Germans remain on top of Pool B following their win against the United States, defeating the youngsters 70-56.

Alrgeria looks to make a basket against Argentina (Photo: IWBF)

Argentina’s women claimed a first world championships win defeating fellow tournament debutants Algeria 65-40 in what was a tight match.

It was a good day for Canada as the men also managed a victory, another tight game against the Germans. Beating Germany 78-61 put the Canadians at the top of the group with Iran, setting up what will be a thrilling game later in the tournament.

The Dutch men got their first win of the tournament in an all European affair as the Netherlands defeated Spain 74-60, proving just to good.

The United States men wrapped up a thrilling day of action when the team managed a strong 66-59 win over Great Britain. The pace of the game was too much for the Americans in the early stages which allowed GB to take an eight-point lead early. But Head Coach Ron Lykins responded quickly, shuffling his deck and playing a new lineup. That forced the British players into errors which led to turnovers that the Americans converted for the win.

France Produces Major Upset on Opening Day of Wheelchair Rugby World Championships

Photo: IWRF

SYDNEY – In just the third game on the first day of competition France managed a stunning upset at the Wheelchair Rugby World Championships at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday, defeating 2014 finalists Canada 51-42.

France went for the game from the very opening tip, shooting out to a 14-9 lead, stretching that to eight goals in the opening stages of the second quarter. That would be as big as the lead would get as Canada become a fightback that would fall agonizingly short at the final buzzer, giving France its first win over Canada.

It’s not a surprise because we worked hard for that and we knew the Canadian team is really strong, but we’ve improved year after year,” said French captain Jonathan Hivernat. “The beginning was important because we put a lot of pressure on them and they took two or three timeouts at the beginning of the game.”

The opening game of the tournament was a Trans-Tasman clash between Australia and New Zealand, with the Steelers proving far too strong for the Wheelblacks. The Aussies were spurred on by a vocal home crowd and claimed a big 66-36 win.

Japan also started strongly, under new coach Kevin Orr, the Asian side showed that it is a real threat in this tournament, ready to pounce on the misfortunes of Orr’s former side, Canada. Japan defeated Ireland, competing in its first World Championships, 57-37 in the second game of the day.

There was revenge for Denmark in the all European tie against Sweden as the Danes reversed the result of the European Championship Final. Denmark shot out to a lead in the early stages and never looked back claiming a tight 57-54 win.

Another debutant, Colombia, struggled in its first game at the World Championship against the world number two Americans. The United States was too strong for Colombia, winning 58-32 with some errors making it hard for Colombia which had a better performance than the score suggested.

The final game of the day saw Great Britain manage a big win, stamping its credentials with a big 55-31 win over European rivals Poland. The Polish team started well but eventually, the talent of the Brits showed as they overpowered Poland for the win.