The tournament Canadian Murderball fans wait all year for began today at the 2013 Coloplast Canadian Wheelchair Rugby National Championships at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Today’s results offered some surprises for long-time wheelchair rugby enthusiasts, with some perennial powerhouses being knocked down and some new teams rising to the occasion.
Last year’s champions, The Ontario Thunder, proved today that they’re still the team to beat in this tournament. They went 2-0 in their opening games, defeating both BC and Alberta. Team BC (last year’s silver medalists), however, didn’t fare so well. They suffered two defeats to the Thunder and the Quebec Impact and will look to regroup tomorrow. Both the Ontario Lightning, the Alberta Roughnecks and the Quebec Impact won a game each.
In Division Two action, Saskatchewan dominated early, easily besting the Alberta Development team and Manitoba. A surprising team, however, rose to prominence. Despite being ranked fourth in Division Two, New Brunswick won both of their very close games, beating BC B in overtime and then defeating Alberta B by one point in the final seconds of the game. Alberta B and BC B narrowly lost both games.
Action continues on May 18th and 19th at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB. For full schedule, scores and rosters, click here.
To view today’s video highlight package, click here.
To view today’s photo album, click here.