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Protect - Victorian Wheelchair Rugby Cup

The 2022 season of the toughest sport on wheels runs from Monday 4 April until Sunday, June 19.

The Protect - Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup is presented by Disability Sport & Recreation through our Wheelchair Rugby Victoria program. 

 

This is Australia's highest quality local wheelchair competition featuring some of the best wheelchair rugby players in the country.

 

Stay tuned for the 2022 Season Guide, which will include the fixture, teams, basic rules of play and captains’ profiles.

 

The proposed fixture may be subject to change in line with the restrictions current at the time of play.

2022 Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup Fixture

Title
Date
Time
Team 1
vs
Team 2
Location
Results
Round 1
Monday, 4 April
7:00 PM
Harlequins
vs
Power House
Aqualink, Box Hill
20 - 31
Round 1
Monday, 4 April
8:00 PM
Unicorns
vs
Box Hill
Aqualink, Box Hill
39 - 27
Round 2
Monday, 11 April
7:00 PM
Harlequins
vs
Box Hill
Aqualink, Box Hill
28 - 28
Round 2
Monday, 11 April
8:00 PM
Unicorns
vs
Power House
Aqualink, Box Hill
23 - 23
Round 3
Monday, 2 May
7:00 PM
Power House
vs
Box Hill
Aqualink, Box Hill
DEF - FORFEIT
Round 3
Monday, 2 May
8:00 PM
Harlequins
vs
Unicorns
Aqualink, Box Hill
DUAL FORFEIT
Round 4
Monday, 9 May
7:00 PM
Box Hill
vs
Harlequins
Aqualink, Box Hill
30 - 32
Round 4
Monday, 9 May
8:00 PM
Power House
vs
Unicorns
Aqualink, Box Hill
31 - 41
Round 5
Monday, 16 May
7:00 PM
Box Hill
vs
Unicorns
Aqualink, Box Hill
34 - 25
Round 5
Monday, 16 May
8:00 PM
Power House
vs
Harlequins
Aqualink, Box Hill
31 - 22
Round 6
Monday, 23 May
7:00 PM
Unicorns
vs
Harlequins
Aqualink, Box Hill
FORFEIT - DEF
Round 6
Monday, 23 May
8:00 PM
Power House
vs
Box Hill
Aqualink, Box Hill
26 - 35
Semi Final
Friday, 10 June
7:00 PM
Box Hill
vs
Power House
Boorandara Sports Complex, Balwyn North
38 - 23
Semi Final
Friday, 10 June
8:00 PM
Unicorns
vs
Harlequins
Boorandara Sports Complex, Balwyn North
34 - 32
Final
Sunday, 19 June
12:30 PM
TBC
vs
TBC
Boorandara Sports Complex, Balwyn North
-
Final
Sunday, 19 June
1:30 PM
TBC
vs
TBC
Boorandara Sports Complex, Balwyn North
-
 

2022 Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup Ladder

Position
Team
Team Name
P
W
L
D
F
A
%
Pts
1
Power House
6
3
2
1
143
141
101%
7
2
Unicorns
6
2
2
2
133
120
110%
6
3
Harlequins
6
2
2
2
102
122
84%
6
4
Box Hill
6
2
3
1
154
151
102%
5
 

2022 Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup Teams

Box Hill Rugby Union logo

Player

Class

Tomas Klein

3.5

Jack Watson

3

Antonio Vecchio (Captain)

2

Rhys Morton

2

Chance Humphrey

1

Ben Fawcett

0.5

Power House Rugby Union Melbourne logo

Power House

Player

Class

Ben Owens

3

Brad Dubberley

3

Andrew Harrison (Captain)

2

Justin Goh

2

Jason Lees

1

James McQuillan

0.5

Harlequins logo

Player

Class

Josh Hose

3

Jason Ellery (Captain)

2

Kadir Faki

2

Shaun Harper

1.5

Shane Brand

1.5

Anthony Gray

0.5

Unicorns Rugby Union logo

Player

Class

Jayden Warn

3

Shae Graham

2.5 *

Bryce Alman

2

Matt Ingram

2

Christian Brackley

0.5

Naz Erdem (Captain)

0.5

 

2022 Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup Captains’ Profiles 

Antonio Vecchio is smiling towards the camera, has short dark hair and is wearing a blue and purple Protect jersey.
Antonio Vecchio

Team: Box Hill
Date of birth: August 1985
Classification: 2.0

Taking up the sport in 2006, it didn’t take long for Antonio to grab the Victorian selectors’ eyes, earning a spot in the state squad in 2007. The next step for Antonio was the green and gold which he donned for the first time in 2010.

Andrew Harrison is smiling towards the camera, has short blonde hair and is wearing a yellow jersey.
Andrew Harrison

Team: Power House
Date of birth: June 1987
Classification: 2.0

Picking up wheelchair rugby in 2005, Andrew was selected for the Victorian state side in 2007. The same year, he was named rookie of the year. He is now a dual gold medal Paralympian, taking home the top prize at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Jason Ellery is holding a trophy and smiling, he has short brown hair and is wearing a blue, maroon, green and black Protect jersey.
Jason Ellery

Team: Harlequins
Date of birth: May 1986
Classification: 2.0

After a snowboarding accident in 2011 left Jason in a wheelchair, he took up wheelchair rugby as part of his rehab and hasn’t looked back. Debuting for the Steelers in 2013, Jason was a part of the Australian team that won its first world championship gold medal at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Denmark.

Nazim Erdem at Rio 2016, he is smiling towards the camera proudly holding up a gold medal and is wearing and green and yellow Australia jacket.
Nazim Erdem

Team: Unicorns
Date of birth: August 1970
Classification: 2.0

A veteran of the sport, Naz began playing in 1992 and debuted for Australia in 1999. Naz has competed at five Paralympic Games, winning two gold (London 2012, Rio 2016) and two silver medals (Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008). A daredevil off the court, Naz was the first person with a spinal cord injury to paraglide solo and participate in the Targa Tasmania car rally.

 

Supported by

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Victoria Government

The Wheelchair Rugby Victoria program is supported through Together More Active funding.

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Rugby Victoria are the state sporting association for rugby union in Victoria, our competition teams are aligned to rugby union clubs.

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Sponsor of the Victorian Wheelchair Rugby Cup and Victoria Protect Thunder Wheelchair Rugby Team.

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Supporting the development of grassroots wheelchair rugby in Victoria.