Qld beat NSW in tough powerchair final

Fight for possession: In powerchair only one player from each side may contest possession at one time to keep the game flowing. See the photo gallery: stmarysstar.com.au. Picture: Anna Warr

Fight for possession: In powerchair only one player from each side may contest possession at one time to keep the game flowing. See the photo gallery: stmarysstar.com.au. Picture: Anna Warr

THE 2014 Powerchair National Championships saw NSW fall at the final hurdle to Queensland in a hard-fought tournament at Kevin Betts Stadium in Mount Druitt on August 5.

NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayers helped Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop announce the players in the national side — the Poweroos.

Qld dominated field position and possession in the final for a tough 2-0 victory that reversed a trend which saw NSW beat Queensland 2-1 in the title decider for two years running.

The NSW team included a few players who are studying at UWS.

Chris Turnbull of Annangrove is studying forensic science and Jacob Cross urban planning,both at UWS.

NSW and Australian captain, Chris Suffield, said the sport was first and foremost about having fun, but can see many other benefits, too.

"We all make lots of friends through sport and it's a great place to hang out," Suffield said.

"It teaches skills like communication and leadership as well."

Gallop spoke of powerchair's place in football before presenting the national jerseys.

"The FFA uses the saying, 'We are football', and that goes right along to people who play powerchair football," he said.

The tournament finished with an Australian side playing New Zealand in the 'Ditch Cup'.

Australia won 6-0 after getting out to an early lead before the visitors were able to respond.

The Australian Poweroos side:

Josh Merkas, Tristram Peters and Bryce Castles from Queensland, Santo Bongiovanni from South Australia, Luke David from Victoria and Chris Turnbull, Jordan Crane and captain Chris Suffield from NSW.

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