With the AFL season fast approaching, all of AFL Victoria’s Disability Programs are also starting to gear up for 2019.
State trials have begun for participants contesting positions on the Victorian Wheelchair Football State Team.
Trials started at Boroondara Sports Centre on Sunday January 20 with 21 keen men and women battling it out for spots to represent the Big V. Trials will continue throughout February at Darebin Community Sports Stadium and Boroondara Sports Complex.
The high energy and competitive training session was led by our Victorian Team Support Staff – Brendan Stroud (Head Coach), Marcus Sander (Assistant Coach) and Tim Nield (Team Manager).
The team will be looking to improve on their result at the 2018 Wheelchair Aussie Rules Nationals finishing third, with South Australia taking home the title.
AFL Victoria Disability Programs Manager Scott Nicholas suggests with the increased awareness of the sport and new players coming on board following the success of the Robert Rose Foundation Victorian Wheelchair Football League – which launched in 2018 – the team is in a great position to go all the way in 2019.
“We’re really excited about showcasing the ability of our athletes on the National stage. The VWFL identified a lot of new talent, and it’s great to see so many people, with a variety physical disabilities and impairments, pushing for selection.”
Trials were open to players who participated in the VWFL, with a training squad to be selected based on performance on and off the court, and adherence to the AFL Values – Play to Win, Play with Passion, Play Fair and Play as One Team.
The 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championships will take place at St Clair Recreation Centre, Adelaide, SA from 11-13 April 2019.