Monday, 15 May 2017, Aqualink Box Hill
Power House secured their spot in the Victoria Protect Wheelchair Rugby Cup grand final after running over the top of a gallant Box Hill team. Powerhouse held a slender one goal lead at three quarter time in a goal for goal seesawing affair. Power House lifted their defensive pressure in the final term. Captain Andrew Harrison and his troops were manic in the bid to block their opponents and intercept their passes, creating turnovers leading to Powerhouse goals. Powerhouse ran out winners 32 to 29 to finish second at the end of the fixtured season to lock in their spot in Saturday’s Grand Final.
In the other match an undermanned Harlequins team were beaten by a slick Unicorns outfit. The Unicorns played an impressive brand of wheelchair rugby and played a very strong team defence to try and curb the influence of Harlequins play maker Matt Lewis. Although Lewis was still able to aid his team by hitting the scoreboard on multiple occasions, the Unicorns played a very close tag on him and nullified many of his attacks moving forward. In offence, Unicorns duo Jayden Warn and Bryce Alman worked well together to create space and gather each other’s long range passes to put their teammate into space and score goals for their team. The Unicorns extended their lead throughout the match and were victorious 39-28. Despite the loss, the Harlequins still ended the season in top spot to set a Grand Final battle against Powerhouse this Saturday.
By Paul Tesoriero
Finals Matches: Saturday 20 May
Bronze medal match: Unicorns vs Box Hill – Starts 10:30am
Gold medal match: Harlequins vs Powerhouse – Starts 11:30am
Venue : Box Hill Aqualink