The EFC wheelchair footy thread

Nowhere good to put it, but let’s try to centralise any comments here.

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The Wheeltime game?

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Richmond earned its place in the decider after finishing on top of the ladder with 10 wins, one draw and a loss to proceed directly through to the Grand Final. The Bombers finished second with a 9-3 record and advanced after an epic preliminary final triumph over Collingwood.

The Bombers trailed the Magpies by 17 points at three-quarter time last Sunday before fighting back to force extra time. Sam Maraldo was the hero with four last-quarter goals and two-goals in extra time, with the final scoreline 13.10 (88) to 9.14 (68).

Key players - Richmond

Richmond have the most dynamic forward line in the competition with Vincent Naidu scoring 87 goals this season and Chris Henderson 58. The deadly combination has been causing defenses headaches all year.

Teisha Shadwell has been the dominant centre player in the competition this season. Teisha has played wheelchair basketball for Australia and her incredible skill has been on show all season. Teisha is currently playing college basketball in America however will be making the trip down under for the big game.

Key players - Essendon

For Essendon Caleb Logan has led the way this season with 116 goals, his electric pace and chair skills will be on full display this Sunday.

Logan has been well supported by Anthony Perito this year, who has assisted many of Logan’s goals while putting through 46 himself.

Previous meetings this season:

Round 4: Essendon 10.4 64 defeated Richmond 9.3 57

Round 8: Richmond 11.6 72 defeated Essendon 5.6 36

Round 12: Richmond 14.7 91 defeated Essendon 6.3 39

The senior game won’t be the only VWFL action this Sunday, with the state league’s first ever junior wheelchair match getting the day started at 10am before the Development League Grand Final at 11am, also between Essendon and Richmond. Richmond is undefeated this season so will be hard to stop, however Essendon hit form in the preliminary final downing Collingwood by 56 points.

Full Schedule - Sunday 18 September

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

10am – Junior Wheelchair Match

11am – VWFL Development League Grand Final: Richmond v Essendon

12pm – VFWL Senior Grand Final: Richmond v Essendon

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We lost both games :frowning:

Development FT: RICH 12.4 (76) - ESS 9.4 (58)
Seniors FT: RICH 17.8 (110) - ESS 12.8 (80)

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Competitive, good on our teams

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Well done all involved.

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