BT Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team wins silver at Para Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in Japan

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Tokyo international tournament success gets British team in top form for RIO, says GBWR coach

The BT GBWR wheelchair rugby team played in the Japan Para Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in Tokyo last week, beating the world’s top teams to reach the finals.

The four teams taking part were USA (world ranking 2), Australia (world ranking 3), Japan (world ranking 4) and GB (world ranking 5).

Each team played each other twice, with the two top teams playing in the final, and the bottom two teams playing for the bronze medal.

GBWR Head Coach, Paul Shaw, said: “Competing in this tournament was great preparation for Rio 2016, to be able to play three of the top 4 teams twice was invaluable. We got to the final which was a great achievement, but we recognise there is still work to be done. To win games against Japan, Australia and USA has been a confidence builder, and we will look to continue this momentum going into the final preparation tournament, the Canada Cup in Vancouver.”

GBWR Performance Director Lorraine Brown commented, ‘ our thanks to Japan for providing this excellent performance opportunity 4 months out from the Paralympic Games. We have lots to work on before Rio, but these results show that we are on track and it was good to see the team so composed under the pressure of playing the top teams in the world.”

Results:

Gold Medal – Australia
Silver Medal – Great Britain
Bronze Medal – United States of America
4th – Japan

Day 1
G-01 Japan vs Great Britain << JPN 50 – 53 GBR >>
G-02 USA vs Australia  << USA 52 – 64 AUS >>
G-03 Australia vs Japan  << AUS 64 – 55 JPN >>
G-04 Great Britain vs USA  << GBR 52 – 46 USA >>

Day 2
G-05 Great Britain vs Australia  << GBR 55 – 54 AUS >>
G-06 Japan vs USA  << JPN 52 – 48 USA >>
G-07 USA vs Great Britain  << USA 51 – 52 GBR >>
G-08 Australia vs Japan  << AUS 57 – 50 JPN >>

Day 3
G-09 Australia vs USA  << AUS 63 – 56 USA >>
G-10 Japan vs Great Britain  << JPN 48 – 43 GBR >>
G-11 USA vs Japan  << USA 54 – 55 JPN >>
G-12 Great Britain vs Australia  << GBR 49 – 58 AUS >>

Day 4
Bronze Medal Game  << JPN 51 – 56 USA >>
Gold Medal Game  << AUS 57 – 49 GBR >>

Individual Awards
Most Valuable Player – Ryley Batt ( AUS ) –
Best Player of Class0.5 – Jonathan Coggan ( GBR ) –
Best Player of Class1.0 – Chad Cohn ( USA ) –
Best Player of Class1.5 – Norimatsu Seiya ( JPN ) –
Best Player of Class2.0 – Gavin Walker ( GBR ) –
Best Player of Class2.5 – Joshua Wheeler ( USA ) –
Best Player of Class3.0 – James Roberts ( GBR ) –
Best Player of Class3.5 – Ryley Batt ( AUS ) –

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