Gliders to face Canada in IWBF World Championship Quarter Finals

A match-up with the host nation was set after the Gliders suffered their second loss of the tournament to the undefeated Netherlands 47-38 this morning.

After holding a narrow lead at the end of the first and second quarters, the Gliders could not withstand the second half Dutch onslaught, eventually going down by nine points.

In a low-scoring affair, Sarah Stewart top-scored for the Gliders with 10 points and four assists, while Cobi Crispin had 8 points and Kylie Gauci had 4 points and six assists.

It was the Gliders who had the better of the early exchanges of the final game of the group stages, establishing a 16-12 advantage at the conclusion of the first period.

The teams continued to battle in the second quarter, with the Dutch cutting the lead to just one point at the main interval, with the Gliders more than matching their undefeated opponents.

It was after the half that the Netherlands began to take control of the contest, outscoring the Gliders 14-6 in the thirds quarter and 22-11 for the second half, ensuring they would finish the pool on top with a 5-0 record.

The defeat had the Gliders earn a 3-2 record and third place in the pool, meaning a quarter final clash with the Canadian would eventuate.

A timely rest day will see the Gliders take a break from competition after five games in as many days.

Next up for the Australian Gliders is Canada in quarter final action on Friday at 8:00am AEST, with fans able to watch the game LIVE online at

For the latest information on the 2014 IWBF Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships visit the official tournament website at

Australian Gliders Quarter Final Fixture

Australian Gliders v Canada
Friday 27 June @ 8:00am (AEST)

*All games will be streamed LIVE at the official tournament website:

Australian Gliders Team for the 2014 IWBF Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships

Shelley Chaplin                       Victoria

Cobi Crispin                             Victoria

Shelley Cronau                        MineCraft Comets

Leanne Del Toso                     Victoria

Kylie Gauci                               Stacks Goudkamp Bears

Bridie Kean                                        MineCraft Comets

Amber Merritt                           The Be Active Western Stars

Clare Nott                                 The Be Active Western Stars

Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy     Stacks Goudkamp Bears

Sarah Stewart                          Sydney University Flames

Stephanie van Leeuwen         Sydney University Flames

Sarah Vinci                              The Be Active Western Stars


Head Coach: Tom Kyle

Assistant Coach: Troy Sachs

Assistant Coach: David Gould

Technical Assistant Coach: Markus Klusemann

Team Manager: Jane Kyle

Recovery Specialist: Jo Vaile

Physiotherapist: Anna de Araugo

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