Gliders are Osaka Cup champions

The Aussie Gliders have successfully defended their Osaka Cup title remaining undefeated for the tournament.

Fielding a new look team, the Gliders began the tournament on Thursday with a win over Canada 60-55 in a match that saw all 12 players hit the floor.

They backed up on Friday with a win over host nation Japan 50-43 with once again all players taking to the floor and representing Australia with pride.

The third and final day of the event saw the girls take back to back wins defeating Canada 59-46 and Japan 54-48.

The successful tour was capped off when captain Shelley Chaplin was awarded tournament MVP.

Since 2007, the Gliders have won the Osaka Cup five times in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 while they have been runners-up in 2007 and 2011.

It was the first international tournament for the Australian women's wheelchair basketball team, since their silver medal winning performance at the London Paralympic Games.

It was a new look for the women's national team, featuring five players on debut combined with six Gliders with nine Paralympic appearances between them. Only Shelley Chaplin, Leanne Del Toso, Amber Merritt and Sarah Vinci remained from the silver medal winning side.


Reigning Osaka Cup champions:

4 - Sarah Vinci (1.0) - WA
5 - Melanie Domaschenz (1.0) - Vic
6 - Ella Sabljak (1.0) - Vic
7 - Natalie Alexander (2.5) - WA
8 - Caitlin de Wit (3.0) - NSW
9 - Leanne Del Toso (3.5) - Vic
10 - Georgia Inglis (2.5) - WA
11 - Natalie Hodges (2.0) - Qld
12 - Shelley Chaplin (3.5) - Vic
13 - Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy (4.0) - Vic
14 – Shelley Cronau (3.0) - Qld
15 - Amber Merritt (4.5) - WA


By Basketball Australia
Posted 18/02/2013

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