A well-rounded team performance from the Harlequins line up saw them prove too strong for a brave Unicorns team and claim top spot on the Protect Wheelchair Rugby ladder.
The Harlequins peppered the goal line creating many scoring opportunities despite the great defence efforts from Unicorns low pointers, led by skipper Naz Erdem, who was fantastic in applying defence pressure and blocking Harlequins attacks. In the end the high-speed game style of wheelchair rugby played by the Harlequins over powered their opposition. Dynamic play maker Matt Lewis was again instrumental with effective passes and his ability to set up team mates allowing for multiple scoring options aiding the victors to beat the Unicorns team 33 to 26.
In the other match, Box Hill produced a first class display to put an end to the win-less run this season and defeated the Powerhouse team. Powerhouse lead by a slender one point margin at the main break however Box Hill ran over the top of them in the second half.
Box Hill high pointers Josh Hose and Thomas Klein were prominent contributors on the scoreboard, 23 goals between them. In the defensive end, Box Hill captain Antonio Vecchio and Kadir Faki continued to lead the way in regard to team defensive pressure. Furthermore defender Ben Fawcett continued to position himself in the right areas on court and continually applied effective screens to allow his team mates to utilise the space around them and cross the goal line. Lachie O’Brien from Box Hill also had an impressive match proving to be a great link player having an impact collecting possessions on both ends of the court. Powerhouse high pointer Jack Watson helped his team stay in touch throughout the match, repeatedly finding space and gathering long range passes scoring 24 goals. Despite this it wasn’t enough to stop Box Hill enjoying their first win 36 to 34
Box Hill (36) d Powerhouse (34)
Harlequins (33) d Unicorns (26)
By Paul Tesoriero
Round 7 Details:
Monday April 24th
7:00pm – Unicorns v Power House
8:00pm – Harlequins v Box Hill
Aqualink Box Hill
Surrey Drive, Box Hill