The 2022 season of the toughest sport on wheels, the Protect Victorian Wheelchair Rugby Cup, runs from Monday 4 April to Sunday June 19.
The second round of the Wheelchair rugby National league took place in Sydney, April 22 -24. Known as the “Sydney Slam” the highly contested competition saw six of the best wheelchair rugby teams from around Australia in attendance.
Two teams from Victoria competed, Box Hill which saw the return of high point player Tomas Klein along with Australian Steeler Ben Fawcett take out third place and the Melbourne Unicorns take out fifth place respectably.
[Image 1 (left) ID: a Box Hill player has the ball in their lap and two other Box Hills players are on their left and right side, trying to block the other team, the Vikings, from getting in and taking the ball.]
[Image 2 (right) ID: a Melbourne Unicorns player is leaning back with one of their hands outstretched, about to catch the ball. Another player from Brothers Rugby Club is next to them and is leaning forward to get their head out of the way of the ball.]
The close to full strength Box Hill Broncos team were too much for Melbourne to handle in the battle for bragging rights between the two Victorian based clubs. Late withdrawals of Melbourne high pointers Jayden Warn & Joshua Hose due to Covid protocols opened the door for Western Australian Robyn Lambird to do the bulk of the work as the only remaining high point player on the Melbourne roster.
After the completion of two rounds of the National League University of Queensland remain undefeated and on top of the ladder. Melbourne Unicorns are in equal second with Tuggeranong Vikings and Sydney Uni. Box Hill are in fifth place ahead of Brothers Rugby Club who are holding up the ladder in sixth place.
This all wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful supporters Protect, Victorian Government and Rugby Victoria.
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