Hills Hornets glide through Round 3

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Shari Wakefield

Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre hosted a highly successful Round 3 of the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWBL) last weekend, which saw the Hills Hornets victorious in two out of their three of their matches.

Since its commencement in 2000, the WNWBL has provided high quality competition for women wheelchair basketballers – not only strengthening individual skills but building strong teams and partnerships, which can then be leveraged by the national squad.

In 2009, the competition is strong but the Hills Hornets proved why they are on top of the table at SUSAC defeating the Goudkamp Gladiators and the Western Stars and drawing with the Dandenong Rangers, only to be defeated 62-67 in overtime.

It was wonderful to see the support of the Sydney community behind the league whose aim is to enhance the level of community awareness of wheelchair basketball in Australia.

Round 4 of the WNWBL will be played from August 7 – 9 at Dandenong. And then the national team, the Gliders, will contest the Four Nations tournament in Ottawa, Canada, from July 22 to August 2 against Germany, the Netherlands and the host nation.

Wheelchair Basketball was one of the founding sports in the Paralympic Program in Rome, in 1960. And it continues to be one of the most popular sports in the Paralympic Games.