Inclusive sport opportunities continue in Stonnington

Published on 24 February 2022

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Inclusive sport opportunities continue to grow in the City of Stonnington, with national competition-level wheelchair rugby set to be played right here in Prahran for the first time.

Melbourne Rugby Union FC’s season launch was held recently on Sunday 13 February at Orrong-Romanis Reserve, and wheelchair team players were presented with their kit ahead of their first season in the Wheelchair Rugby National League Melbourne Invitational.

The competition consists of six teams, two from Victoria and Queensland, and one each from New South Wales and the ACT.

Games will also be livestreamed via MySportLive.

MRUFC President Tyrone Landsman expressed the club’s pride for their wheelchair team as they prepare to take on the country’s best.

“The Melbourne Wheelchair Rugby Team will fly the club’s colours and are the first team at the Unicorns to compete at a national level. It’s so exciting for the players and for the Melbourne Rugby Club,” said Tyrone.

Played on a hardwood basketball court over four eight-minute quarters, two teams battle it out using their specially designed wheelchairs to crash, block and trap their opponents to stop them from scoring a try. A try is achieved when a player crosses the opposition’s goal line with possession of the ball.

Despite its intensity, wheelchair rugby is a family friendly and accessible sport that all genders can play. The classification system allows players with a wide range of functionality to compete on a level playing field.

The first round starts 25-27 February at Cobblebank Stadium in Melbourne’s outer west.

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