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Devils roll to victory

Tasmania’s elite wheelchair football talent proudly represented the state at the 2023 Wheelchair AFL National Championships, claiming an emphatic division two grand final victory over NSW/ACT.

The Tasmania Devils defeated NSW/ACT 82 to 49 in the final, held at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne on 5 November.

“It’s a special feeling – all our hard work paid off and we played our game the way we wanted,” Tasmanian captain Josh Christian said.

“This year we had our strongest ever team and our preparation was at the highest level.”

More than 90 players across nine teams competed in the four- day carnival, marking the second consecutive year each state and territory has been represented along with a team from the Returned Services League of Australia.

Coach Joe Chivers said the team represented the map with pride and hoped its performance would inspire more Tasmanians to give wheelchair football a try.

“While it has been difficult to train all together given players live in different parts of the state, the group has put in 100 per cent when given the opportunity,” he said.

“The national championships were a fantastic opportunity for those selected to get out on the court and boost the profile of the game in Tasmania.

“Our hope is to grow the sport in the coming years and we welcome people of all abilities to come along to a social game early next year.”

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