The 2017 Powerchair Football Championships kicked off on Monday at the Kevin Betts Stadium at Mt Druitt as NSW look to take the title off last year’s winners Queensland.
The national championships opening ceremony began with Powerchair Football Global Ambassador Rale Rasic and the Honourable Ray Williams MP both in attendance to address the Powerchair Football community and the national team’s success.
Rale Rasic was looking forward to seeing both Australian and New Zealand talent from all ages in this year’s tournament.
“This week will display the skills of athletes from around Australia and New Zealand, it is always a pleasure to see these athletes showing that anything is possible, regardless of the hurdles they have to overcome. These athletes prove that our beautiful game is for everyone.”
The NSW squad is with star player Abdullah Karim who recently was crowned the Powerchair Football World Championships tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The NSW squad will be looking to take the trophy off Queensland after narrowly losing in the final last year.
NSW have already started championship run with two wins on the first day against Victoria (5-1) and North Auckland (21-0). Day two saw NSW take out another win against Western Australia (7-1) with a grand final rematch to be played on day three.
The Powerchair Football National Championships will run until Friday with the Championship game kicking off at 3:00pm, Friday 20th October. Saturday 21st October will showcase Australian and New Zealand talent as they play three games in the Ditch Cup. All games will be played at Kevin Betts Stadium in Mt Druitt.
New South Wales Squad
Dimitri Liolio-Davis (Newcastle Jets)
James Kim (Newcastle Jets)
Jacob Cross (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Chris Suffield (Central Coast Mariners)
Andrew Kim (Sydney FC)
Abdullah Karim (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Jordan Crane (Sydney FC)
Chris Turnbull (Central Coast Mariners)
Coach: Peter Turnbull
Asst. Coach Robbie Wright