Wheelchair rugby league home debut for Dragons

Picture of the Medway Dragons wheelchair rugby league teamMedway Dragons RLFC are preparing to host their first ever home national wheelchair rugby league game.

The Dragons will host the Mersey Vikings at Medway Park on Saturday, 25 June for their first home game since joining the Rugby Football League's Wheelchair Championship this season.

The Dragons have been in training for 12 weeks and played their first games against Bradford Bulls, losing by 24 points to 42 in a game that saw them improve with every minute that passed.

Head Coach, Martin Coyd said: "This is a very exciting time for The Dragons. From a dream less than four years ago we have come a long way. 

"The advent of wheelchair rugby league is a very exciting development and we are part of a national boom. There are teams springing up all over the UK and it is great to be in at the start. We are playing in the National Championship and have an exciting fixture list."

Wheelchair rugby league is played by teams of five players per side. Tackles are made in the same way as tag rugby, with players wearing tags on their shoulders and opposition players having to remove a tag to affect a tackle.

The game has the same six tackle count that is used in rugby league, with teams conceding possession of the ball if they have not scored after a set of six tackles have been completed. Offside, knock-on and in-touch rulings apply as they do in the traditional game. Conversions are scored by punching the ball from a tee over mini-RL posts.

Martin added: "Wheelchair rugby league is not a disability sport; it is a sport where disabled and non-disabled athletes compete on equal terms and play together and anyone can participate. 

"We have great support from Medway Park, The Cooperative, Regal Rental and Kent Sport, who are enabling us deliver something very special."

Medway Dragons logoMedway Dragons RLFC are in their fourth season as a club and have 200 playing members in teams from under seven to under 18, plus masters, girls and open age. 

The Dragons wheelchair team train at Medway Park on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm. Chairs and playing kit is provided.

The first home game starts at 6pm on Saturday, 25 June at Medway Park.

For more information about the club visit www.medwaydragons.co.uk. For more information about the sport visit the RFL website (www.therfl.co.uk/play/wheelchair).

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