The Australian Emerging Rollers have selected their team that will compete at the 2019 Fazza International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament taking place in Dubai, UAE, from 24-30 April.

The tournament provides international experience for the next group of athletes looking to represent the Rollers at the 2019 IWBF Asia Oceania Championships, which also serve as qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The Rollers are coming off a bronze medal at the 2018 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, and are looking to build depth of talent leading into Tokyo, by providing an opportunity for this emerging group of athletes to make their mark on Head Coach Craig Friday.

“It is a great opportunity for some new squad members to be exposed at the international level, as well as a couple that have been around the fringe looking for a chance to impress and put some healthy pressure on those that have been in the team of late,” said Friday.

“I am excited to see if we can continue to add depth and competition inside our Rollers squad.”

Steven Elliott is the only athlete from the Rollers’ World Championships campaign to be given an opportunity on the tour, providing him with an increased leadership role and additional court time to help the progression and development of his game.

Shawn Russell (Wollongong), Damon Fent (Kilsyth) and Jordan Bartley (University of Alabama/Brisbane) are three of the more experienced athletes expected to play significant roles in the tournament, with the trio hopeful of pressing for selection for the Asia Oceania Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, at the end of the year.

Emerging athletes Lachlin Dalton (Brisbane), Anderson Parker (Sydney), Frank Pinder (Perth) and Tom McHugh (Red Dust) will all be tested by the size and physicality of the international competition, with all four players coming off a successful Kevin Coombs Cup tournament over the last week in Townsville.

“We have some different classifications in the group this week to what we have carried for the past two years and into the WC [World Championships] in 2018,” said Friday.

“It will be interesting to see if we can find another combination that we can add to our current line-ups.”

The tour will also be an important preparation opportunity for the group, with the 2019 season of the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) beginning on 10 May.

Competing Nations
1United Arab Emirates
3South Korea
5South Africa
7Saudi Arabia
Australian Emerging Rollers team for the 2019 Fazza International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
PlayerNWBL ClubClass
Tom McHughRed Dust Heelers4.5
Anderson ParkerSydney Blues Hornets4.5
Jordan BartleyBrisbane Spinning Bullets4.0
Shawn RussellWollongong Rollerhawks4.0
Steven ElliottBrisbane Spinning Bullets3.5
Andrew DewberryPerth Wheelcats3.0
Jake KavanaghRed Dust Heelers3.0
Lachlin DaltonBrisbane Spinning Bullets2.5
Dylan GawthorneBrisbane Spinning Bullets2.5
Jeremy TyndallKilsyth Cobras1.5
Damon FentKilsyth Cobras1.0
Frank PinderPerth Wheelcats1.0
Staff for the 2019 Fazza International Wheelchair Basketball Tournament 
Craig FridayHead CoachWA
Thomas Kyle JnrAssistant / Technical CoachWA
Benjamin SortinoTeam Manager / Strength and Conditioning CoachVIC
Ryan CampbellPhysiotherapistWA

By Basketball Australia
Posted: 24/04/2019

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