2017 Fierce 4 Rugby smashes into Canberra

Southern Cross Basketball Stadium – Friday 10 – Sunday 12 March 2017.

Friday 10 March 1 11:00 VIC Protect Thunder 62 QLD Suncorp Cyclones 45
2 13:00 QLD Suncorp Cyclones 52 NSW GIO Gladiators 36
3 15:30 VIC Protect Thunder 65 NSW GIO Gladiators 32
Saturday 11 March 4 11:00 NSW GIO Gladiators  28 VIC Protect Thunder  60
5 13:00 VIC Protect Thunder 66 QLD Suncorp Cyclones  49
6 15:30 NSW GIO Gladiators  40 QLD Suncorp Cyclones  57
Sunday 12 March FINAL 11:00 VIC Protect Thunder  68 QLD Suncorp Cyclones  55


Congratulations to the Victoria Protect Thunder (68) defeating the Queensland Suncorp Cyclones (55) in the 1st Round of the Fierce4 Rugby in Canberra.

Matt Lewis (VIC)

All Star 4:
Matt Lewis 3.5 (VIC)
Andrew Harrison 2.0 (NSW)
Andrew Edmondson 2.0 (NSW)
Ben Fawcett 0.5 (NSW)


Pre Promote:

The 2017 Fierce 4 Rugby (wheelchair rugby) national season gets underway this weekend in Canberra. It has been many years since this Paralympic sport has been played at this level in our Nation’s capital city. Wheelchair Sports NSW will host the event in conjunction with Disability Sports Australia.

The host team, the NSW GIO Gladiators, are the defending champions of the national title and will be looking to set their season up with a strong first round in Canberra this weekend. This round will see teams from Queensland, Victoria and NSW battle it out for opening round bragging rights.

Some of the teams will feature players from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Gold medal winning team, The Steelers. The Steelers are not only dual Paralympic Champions but also the current world champions, and players in these teams will be looking to impress selectors for spots on the national team for upcoming international challenges.

If you don’t know much about wheelchair rugby, it’s okay. You won’t be short on finding videos on YouTube featuring the smashing, bashing and slamming of those custom made wheelchairs sparkling with dents from hit after hit. It’s the only game quadriplegics, or “quads”, can play. Each team has 4 players on court (hence, Fierce “4”) with a maximum point value of 8.0 combined. Players range in classification from 0.5 to the highest level of mobility at 3.5. The game is a cross between basketball, ice hockey and bit of Mad Max! There are four quarters, each eight minutes in length. It’s strategic as much as it is confronting. And it’s incredibly fun to watch live.

Entry to watch the matches is FREE.

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NSW GIO Gladiators – 2016 National Champions


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