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September 1, 2012

Gliders win against Brazil in their 2012 opening match

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

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London, England — The Gliders, the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, won a close contest 52–50 against Brazil Thursday night in front of a crowd of 3,288 at the Basketball Arena in Olympic Park, London.

The Gliders have won medals at the last three Paralympics, but have yet to win a gold medal.

The game was close and tough. The scores were tied fifteen times and at no point were the Australians more than five points in front. Before the game and at each break, the Australians linked arms in a common affirmation of teamwork.

A couple of minutes into the final quarter the 45–43 with Cobi Crispin sent to the free throw line where she extended her team’s lead to 47–43. A technical foul saw her straight back again to make it 48–43, the Glider’s biggest lead of the game.

Brazil then struck back scoring five unanswered points to tie the score again at 48–48 but Amber Merritt then scored one from the paint to put the Gliders back in front. She followed this by taking a rebound and another great shot to make it 52–48. Brazil was able to score once more, but the clock was now against them. Time ran out, and the Gliders ran out the winners, 52–50.

Leading scorers for the Gliders were Cobi Crispin with 18 points and Amber Merritt with 16.



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August 31, 2012

Brazil women\’s national wheelchair basketball team loses first game in 2012 Paralympic campaign

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Friday, August 31, 2012

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London, England — Last night at London’s Paralympic Basketball Arena, the Brazil women’s national wheelchair basketball team kept it close in a game with the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team before losing 52–50 to Australia. Brazil trailed by four with 32.3 seconds left in the game, narrowed the gap to two points with 1.3 seconds left but were unable to score in the final second.

4.5 point player Lia Maria Soares Martin dominated for Brazil, scoring over half the team’s points with 27 total. She led her team on defense with half the team’s rebounds, pulling down 14 of them. The Belém native 24 year old who will celebrate her 25th birthday during the Paralympics plays club basketball for All Star Rodas, Belem.

Brazil played aggressive basketball, with five players earning personal fouls including Soares Martin with 4, Debora Crislina Guimaraes de Costa and Lucicleia da Costa e Costa with 3 each, and Cleonete de Nazare Santos and Cintia Mariana Lopes de Carvalho with 1 each. The Brazilians pinched Australian players several times by trying to force them to go over their wheelchairs and lose their balance. Sportsmanship was still on display, with the Brazilians helping to set Australia’s Kylie Gauci upright after Gauci’s wheelchair tipped over.

Brazil competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics where they did not win a single match. They are scheduled to play the next game of their London campaign this Saturday against Great Britain.



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Brazil women\’s national wheelchair basketball team loses first game in its 2012 Paralympic campaign

Brazil women’s national wheelchair basketball team loses first game in its 2012 Paralympic campaign

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Brazil’s team huddles before the start of the second half
Image: Laura Hale.

London, England — Last night at London’s Paralympic Basketball Arena, the Brazil women’s national wheelchair basketball team kept it close in a game with the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team before losing 52–50 to Australia. Brazil trailed by four with 32.3 seconds left in the game, narrowed the gap to two points with 1.3 seconds left but were unable to score in the final second.

4.5 point player Lia Maria Soares Martin dominated for Brazil, scoring over half the team’s points with 27 total. She led her team on defense with half the team’s rebounds, pulling down 14 of them. The Belém native 24 year old who will celebrate her 25th birthday during the Paralympics plays club basketball for All Star Rodas, Belem.

Brazil played aggressive basketball, with five players earning personal fouls including Soares Martin with 4, Debora Crislina Guimaraes de Costa and Lucicleia da Costa e Costa with 3 each, and Cleonete de Nazare Santos and Cintia Mariana Lopes de Carvalho with 1 each. The Brazilians pinched Australian players several times by trying to force them to go over their wheelchairs and lose their balance. Sportsmanship was still on display, with the Brazilians helping to set Australia’s Kylie Gauci upright after Gauci’s wheelchair tipped over.

Brazil competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics where they did not win a single match. They are scheduled to play the next game of their London campaign this Saturday against Great Britain.



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Gliders win against Brazil in 2012 opening match

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Aussie fans at the game
Image: Laura Hale.

London, England — The Gliders, the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, won a close contest 52–50 against Brazil last night in front of a crowd of 3,288 at the Basketball Arena in Olympic Park, London.

The Gliders have won medals at the last three Paralympics, but have yet to win a gold medal.

The game was close and tough. The scores were tied no less than 15 times and at no point were the Australians more than five points in front. Before the game and at each break, the Australians linked arms in a common affirmation of teamwork.

A couple of minutes into the final quarter the 45–43 with Cobi Crispin sent to the free throw line where she extended her team’s lead to 47–43. A technical foul saw her straight back again to make it 48–43, the Glider’s biggest lead of the game.

Brazil then struck back scoring five unanswered points to tie the score again at 48–48 but Amber Merritt then scored one from the paint to put the Gliders back in front. She followed this by taking a rebound and another great shot to make it 52–48. Brazil was able to score once more, but the clock was now against them. Time ran out, and the Gliders ran out the winners, 52–50.

Leading scorers for the Gliders were Cobi Crispin with 18 points and Amber Merritt with 16.

The Gliders’ next game is scheduled for today against Great Britain at the North Greenwich Arena.



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July 22, 2012

Wikinews interviews Australian Gliders Leanne del Toso, Sarah Vinci, Amber Merritt, Clare Nott

Wikinews interviews Australian Gliders Leanne Del Toso, Sarah Vinci, Amber Merritt, Clare Nott

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Homebush Bay, New South Wales — On Friday, Wikinews sat down with first time Paraylympic Australian Gliders Leanne Del Toso, Sarah Vinci, and Amber Merritt, and second time Paralympic competitor Clare Nott at the Pullman Hotel following their 57–45 win against China at the Rollers & Gliders World Challenge in Sydney.

Wikinews reporters LauraHale and Bidgee interview Australian Glider Leanne Del Toso, Sarah Vinci, Amber Merritt and Clare Nott

With South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius‎‘s inclusion in the 2012 Summer Olympics as one of the most talked-about Paralympic stories, the players were asked their feelings about his inclusion in the Olympic Games. As a group, they had mixed feelings. One one hand, they felt his inclusion was a positive thing for people with disabilities. On the other hand, they felt he could get a technological advantage from his blades. Del Toso said she could see that advantage based on her own use of splints for her legs.

The Australian Gliders pose for a picture. Vinci is wearing 4, Del Toso is wearing 9, Nott is wearing 10, and Merritt is 15.
Image: Bidgee.

Merritt during a game against China earlier today
Image: Bidgee.

Leanne Del Toso in the game against China
Image: LauraHale.

Clare Nott in the game against China
Image: LauraHale.

Related to the Pistorius‎ story, the Gliders were asked if they would favour the inclusion of 5 point players, able-bodied competitors, competing in their sport at the Paralympics. As a group, they all said no, citing the numerous opportunities these players already had in Australia’s domestic competition and in state competitions. They felt their inclusion would deny opportunities to elite basketball players with disabilities to compete at the highest level.

Merrit discussed problems with classification and her swimming career. She started as a swimmer, but while she has a club foot, this was not severe enough to allow her to maintain a disability swimming classification: they said she should compete in able-bodied swimming as she could learn the style to swim correctly. She was unable to do so and had to forgo swimming. Following a talent identification program, she took up wheelchair basketball.

Del Toso came into wheelchair basketball after acquiring, at the age of nineteen, a degenerative disease that effects her nerves. She had previously played able-bodied basketball but had never considered playing wheelchair basketball until she participated in a talent identification event.

With money being at the heart of many people’s ability to take their game to the next level, the players were asked about their general financial situation in terms of the level of support they were receiving from Australian sport organizations. They all indicated they received adequate funding from Basketball Australia, the Australian Sports Commission, and the Australian Paralympic Committee that allowed them to travel to games around the world and live comfortably, which contrasts to some other countries and sports where there is not a comparable level of support.

When asked about the team’s body posture on the bench and their volume, the players indicated they put their hands under their armpits for warmth as the building is cold: it was not body language intended to convey any feeling about what was happening on the floor. The players also said their volume on the bench, while quiet, was effective and contrasted it to some teams who could be screechy, where volume is actually a sign of frustration with play.

The Gliders start their London Paralympic campaign on August 30 against Brazil at 18:30 London time, August 31 at 3:30 Sydney time.


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July 21, 2012

Australian Gliders squeak out first place victory over Germany women\’s national wheelchair team

Australian Gliders squeak out first place victory over Germany women’s national wheelchair team

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Homebush Bay, New South Wales —

The German side during player introductions
Image: LauraHale.

Both sides listen while the German national anthem is played
Image: LauraHale.

The game’s opening tip off
Image: LauraHale.

Cobi Crispin gets a wheel change
Image: LauraHale.

Germany’s Marina Mohnen lines up her shot
Image: LauraHale.

Australia’s Kylie Gauci passes the ball over Germany’s Gesche Schünemann
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Yesterday, the Australian Gliders beat the German women’s national wheelchair basketball team 48–46 in the first place match at the Rollers & Gliders World Challenge taking place at the Sport Centre at the Sydney Olympic Park.

The two teams were close most of the game, with the first quarter ending 11–6 Germany, second quarter ending tied 19–19 and the third quarter ending 31–27. In the fourth, both teams had on court issues: the Australians got caught out several times because of shot clock violations. Meanwhile, the Germans had earned two personal fouls by the 8:43 mark, then four total by the 7:01 mark when they were behind 35–33.

The Australians pulled ahead to 40–33 with 6:01 remaining in the game, but then earned their first personal foul of the quarter at the 5:35 mark. By the 3:05 mark with the game at 42–38, Australia had four personal fouls, with Shelley Chaplin having four total in the game. Germany had a fast break in the second minute with Gesche Schünemann capitalizing on it to score and bring the game to 42–40. On another fast break opportunity, Germany again scored with Edina Muller leveling the score at 42–42. German frustration set in at the 1:18 mark when Marina Mohnen got a technical foul for unsportsman-like conduct, and then topped that off with a second technical foul. Following Australia’s four attempted free throw attempts, they led 45–42. Australia’s Cobi Crispin fouled a German player which resulted in Crispin being sent off for having five personals. The Germans capitalized on one free throw, which brought the score to 45–43. Germany tied the game up at 46–46 by the :21 second mark. With :08.5 seconds left, Amber Merrit scored for Australia bringing the score to 48–46. The score remained the same in the few remaining seconds, leaving Australia the winners.

The Gliders start their London Paralympics campaign on August 30 against Brazil.



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July 20, 2012

Australian Gliders glide past China women\’s national wheelchair basketball team

Australian Gliders glide past China women’s national wheelchair basketball team

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Homebush Bay, New South Wales —

Australia and China battle for the ball following a missed shot
Image: Bidgee.

A Chinese player warms up before the game
Image: LauraHale.

The Rollers warm up before the game
Image: LauraHale.

Leanne del Toso in yellow joins her teammates on the floor during player introductions
Image: LauraHale.

Amber Merritt in green joins her teammates on the floor during player introductions
Image: LauraHale.

The Rollers bring the ball down the floor during the game
Image: LauraHale.

Cobi Crispin shoots the ball
Image: LauraHale.

Earlier today, the Australian Gliders beat the Chinese women’s national wheelchair basketball team 57–45 at the Rollers & Gliders World Challenge taking place at the Sport Centre at the Sydney Olympic Park.

China won the game’s opening tip off but did not score in their first time down the floor. Australia’s Sarah Stewart took and missed Australia’s first shot. China’s 1.5 point player Li Yanhua eventually made the game’s first basket. Cobi Crispin made Australia’s first basket at 6:55 left in the first quarter, successfully turning her basket into a three point play by making her free throw as a result of a personal foul. Aggressive first quarter play resulted in four Chinese personal fouls with 5:21 left. The first quarter ended 13–9 in China’s favour.

The first half ended 24–20, with China leading. China’s lead came with a high level of energy, the bench loudly supporting their players, few substitutions, lots of on the court talk, playing a half court game that involved setting up the defense early and fouling. In contrast, Australia played a different first half. The team did not yell from the bench or on the court, had many substitutions, ran the shot clock down and played a full court defense.

The second half contrasted visibly with the first. Fewer fouls were made by both teams. Australia continued to run the shot clock down but their bench woke up, started cheering loudly for their teammates and made fewer substitutions. The Australians tied the game 34–34 with 1:54 left in the third quarter. China’s answer to the closer game was to start substituting players. Tactically, things were little changed as neither team changed their defensive game. The game was tied again at 9:01 left in the fourth with a score of 38–38. Australia was up 42–38 at 7:14 left in the fourth. Some of China’s defensive difficulties continued to hold them back, including a player who entered the box early for a second time during a free throw shot by an Australian player.

The Gliders will play tomorrow at 2:30pm Sydney time in the first place match against an opponent to be determined in a game later today between Germany and Japan.


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