The 2013 National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) has been taken out by the Be Active Perth Wheelcats over the weekend in Adelaide.
2013 National Wheelchair Basketball League Finals
The National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) finals took place in Adelaide over the weekend where the Wollongong Roller Hawks were hoping to secure their third straight National League title. The first semi final, which was between Minor Premiers the Be Active Perth Wheelcats and the Wollongong Roller Hawks was held laste Friday night. This game lived up to its expectation as being a nail biter, both teams finishing the first quarter on 15 points. The Wheelcats proved too strong in the last quarter beating the Hawks by 6 points and securing their place in the grand final.
The Roller Hawks would then play off against Victoria for a place in the finals. The Hawks started this game with guns blazing and dominated three of the four quarters. The Hawks won this game meaning the final would be a rematch of last year’s final against the Be Active Perth Wheelcats.
Unfortunately for the Roller Hawks there would not be a third straight title. The Wheelcats took the lead in the 4th quarter defeating the Hawks 71 – 59 and making them the 2013 NWBL champions!
Club President, Pablo Jimenez had the following to say after the game
“Finishing second in the National league is a great feeling when there is so much talent in the league. Being the only regional team in the league shows how good the talent and development of wheelchair basketball is in the Illawarra region.”
“The team would like to thank our supporters and sponsors that have been behind us all season and cheering us on from the east coast. Sorry we couldn’t make it 3 from 3 but we gave it our best.”
Four of the Australian Under 23 (U23) team members played for the Roller Hawks, the U23 team leaving for Adana, Turkey today to play in the U23 World Championships. These players include Luke Pople, Brad Fisher, Colin Smith and Jannik Blair. They will be joined by Sydney Uni Wheelking players, Michael Auprince and CJ Crogan.
2013 NWBL Finals Results
|Semi Final||The Be Active Perth Wheelcats||75||def.||Wollongong Roller Hawks||69|
|Semi Final||Victoria||68||def.||RSL Queensland Spinning Bullets||67|
|Preliminary Final||Wollongong Roller Hawks||63||def.||Victoria||52|
|Bronze Medal||RSL Queensland Spinning Bullets||63||def.||Victoria||57|
|Gold Medal||The Be Active Perth Wheelcats||71||def.||Wollongong Roller Hawks||59|
2013 NWBL Awards
|2013 NWBL Champions||Be Active Perth Wheelcats|
|2013 NWBL 2nd Place||Wollongong Roller Hawks|
|2013 NWBL 3rd Place||RSL Queensland Spinning Bullets|
|2013 NWBL Coach of the Year||Kelvin Browner – Be Active Perth Wheelcats|
|2013 NWBL Season Top Scorer||Justin Eveson – Be Active Perth Wheelcats|
|2013 NWBL MVP Low Point & All Star Five||Michael Hartnett – Be Active Perth Wheelcats|
|2013 NWBL MVP Mid Point & All Star Five||Shaun Norris – Be Active Perth Wheelcats|
|2013 NWBL MVP High Point & All Star Five||Brett Stibners – Wollongong Rollerhawks|
|2013 NWBL All Star Five||Sam White – Adelaide Thunder|
|2013 NWBL All Star Five||Justin Eveson – Be Active Perth Wheelcats|
|2013 NWBL MVP of the Season||Michael Hartnett – Be Active Perth Wheelcats|
|2013 NWBL MVP of the Final Series||Shaun Norris – Be Active Perth Wheelcats|
|2013 NWBL Life Membership||Daryl Taylor – Adelaide Thunder|
Don’t forget that the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball finals are happening this weekend at Sydney Uni!