No stopping Wanderers mean team

In a spin: The Western Sydney Wanderers powerchair team went down fighting in their 2-1 loss against Central Coast Mariners at Kevin Betts Stadium on Saturday. Go to stmarysstar.com.au for more photos. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

In a spin: The Western Sydney Wanderers powerchair team went down fighting in their 2-1 loss against Central Coast Mariners at Kevin Betts Stadium on Saturday. Go to stmarysstar.com.au for more photos. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

THERE'S no need to get off the Western Sydney Wanderers bandwagon in the off-season.

Support for the Wanderers powerchair team is growing with A-League fans out in force at Kevin Betts Stadium, Mount Druitt, for every game.

Powerchair is played in wheelchairs, where each team has four players on court at a time.

Players manoeuvre a 33-centimetre diameter soccer ball to score goals using a plastic soccer guard mounted on their wheelchairs.

It has most of the same rules as soccer, except that there's no offside and there can't be more than one defender within a three-metre radius.

The Wanderers are in their second powerchair season against rival A-League clubs.

The line-up have all represented Australia in powerchair and are passionate Wanderers fans.

"The sport was unheard of five years ago," player Ben Keyte said.

"I thought I'd give it a go because there was an opportunity to play for Australia. I've represented Australia in Paris, which was an amazing experience. If the sport didn't exist, I'd be most likely sitting at home doing nothing."

The Wanderers' Red and Black Bloc (RBB) are among the powerchair side's biggest fans.

The group passed around a collection bucket last year and raised $1000 donated to the powerchair team for new shirts and equipment.

"To wear the Wanderers jersey and have that support each week is something we look forward to," Keyte said.

"The first time the RBB came, there were 150 with their drums and flags. It was crazy."

The team hope to score their first win of the season this Saturday when they take on Sydney FC in the second Sydney derby from 3pm.

The recent first derby ended in a 1-all draw. There will be a three-week break before the competition resumes on June 16.

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