Growing passion about Wheelchair AFL, introducing the game to people with and without disability and preparing players for state representation.

They were some of the goals of a new Wheelchair AFL competition, organised by ParaQuad Tasmania this year, and we’re pleased to be putting those scores on the board.

Four teams were nominated to be part of the 2024 Southern Series, Autumn Fixture, which started in May, with support from AFL Tasmania.

“Some people had played before, but many were new to the sport,” explained John Hayes, ParaQuad Tasmania’s Manager of Physical Disability Sport & Education Programs.

“Everyone, though, was equally committed to training and competing.”

Manoeuvring a wheelchair to play sport is no easy feat, as a number of newbies found out!

But, after a couple of weeks of training and practice matches, the Tassie Turbo Chooks, the Spark Plugs, Pacers and Kilos on Wheelos headed into weekly competition, held at Claremont College Gym.

“The growth in players’ abilities was just brilliant to see,” John reflected.

“Experienced players certainly shone but everyone gave it their all.”

 

 

 

 

In the end the Grand Final was a match up between the highly competitive Pacers and Spark Plugs. The Pacers rolling out winners and Premiers, 17.7.109 to 8.5.53.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minor Final saw the Tassie Turbo Chooks (75) just hold out over Kilos on Wheelos (66).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season Awards went to:

  • Patrick Fisher – Grand Final MVP
  • Marty Ford – Leading Goal Scorer
  • Daniel Blazely – Best First Year Player
  • Andrew Main and Josh Christian – Player of the Series (tied)
  • AFL Tasmania – Appreciation Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information about getting involved in Wheelchair AFL, email John Hayes, manager-programs@paraquadtas.org.au or call 6272 8816.

And to find out about how Wheelchair AFL began (it’s Tassie roots), watch this video.