Home win for Kent Crusaders

Photo of the Kent Crusaders Wheelchair Rugby Team Kent Crusaders celebrated a home victory as the hard-hitting sport of wheelchair rugby came to Medway.
GB Wheelchair Rugby held its first Coloplast Super Series weekend at Medway Park on 19/20 March. And it was the local team, who are now also holding fortnightly training at Medway Park, that emerged victorious.

The new look competition featured the eight leading teams from across the UK. They battling it out in two pools of four on day, with highlights including a stunning game between Marauders and Storm, where Marauders managed to hang on to their early lead and the match finishing up 52-51.

During the mid-session break the Flying Wheels Project paid a visit, with 15 disabled youngsters taking on four GB players for 30 minutes of fun.

Day two brought even more drama as teams fought hard to earn their Coloplast league points. The North Wales Dragons put on a real show after an amazing come back against the East Midland Marauders to win 41-39 and take third place.

The final between Kent Crusaders and Stoke Mandeville Storm didn't disappoint, with an array of talent on court. The two teams are part of the London Wheelchair Rugby Club and featured GB veterans, Ross Morrison, Andy Barrow, Steve Palmer and Jonny Coggan and new talents such as Chris Ryan and Kyle Grimes.
Action photo from the GB wheelchair rugby Super Series at Medway ParkThe Crusaders took an early lead and held off Storm to win the Super Series 1 Crown by 47-31.
Kent Crusaders captain Justin Frishberg said: "The Super Series event was a great chance for the local club to showcase the sport and to attract new players and volunteers.
"London Wheelchair Rugby Club (LWRC) is committed to providing better opportunities for disabled people to enjoy a sport which can inspire and transform lives.
"Medway Park is very accessible and the staff have been really welcoming so we have decided to begin using it as a long term training base, providing a home in Kent for wheelchair rugby."
GBWR Head of Operations James Thomas said: "It was a fantastic weekend jam packed full of wheelchair rugby. Thank you to all the teams, support staff, officials, staff from Medway Park and our sponsors Coloplast."

For more information about getting involved in wheelchair rugby visit www.gbwr.org.uk. To contact the Kent Crusaders, visit www.lwrc.org.uk.
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Pictures courtesy of Paul Bronicki