The Australian Rollers have missed a chance to secure top position in Group A at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, falling to Spain 64-75 in their penultimate pool stage game.
In a physical encounter, Australia have defeated the 2012 Paralympic gold medalists Canada 78-53 to stay on top of Group A over halfway through the pool stage.
The Australian Rollers have made it two from two in the group stage of the 2016 Rio Paralympics, coming from behind in the final term against Turkey to secure a 62-60 victory and move closer to taking top spot in Group A.
The Australian Rollers have started the 2016 Paralympic Games in style, defeating the Netherlands 70-50 in their opening game of the group stage.
The Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team captain, Brad Ness, will now lead a far bigger sporting contingent out into the arena with the news he will be Flag Bearer for the Rio Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony at Maracana Stadium on Wednesday night (Thursday morning AEST).
The coach behind the Australian Rollers’ first Paralympic gold medal in 1996 rates the current team as strong favourites to achieve the same at Rio and says the risks for athletes going to Brazil are far outweighed by the hard work each one of them has put in to get there.
The helloworld Boomers and Aussie Rollers have repeated their success from Tuesday, sweeping the Farewell Series with another two victories on Thursday night.
Following the announcement last week of a Farewell Series for the Australian Boomers and Rollers before they head out to Rio, general admission tickets are now available for the two games at Hisense Arena on Tuesday July 12 and Thursday July 14.
The Australian Rollers have completed their tour of Great Britain in the Continental Clash, finishing with a 4-1 record with decisions now to be made on the final team of 12 for the Paralympics in September.
Following a successful camp at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence earlier this month, the Australian Rollers have named a team to tour Great Britain for the 2016 Continental Clash from July 2-5.
As announced by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation last night, Australia has been drawn into Group A for the 2016 Paralympics which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from September 7-18.
There has been a mixed result at the AOZ Qualifying tournament ahead of the 2016 Paralympics with the Australian Rollers winning the gold medal in the men's competition while the Australian Gliders just missed out on a spot in next year's Paralympics with a heartbreaking loss to China.