(London, ON) – In front of a packed crowd of fans at Fanshawe College ringing cowbells and waving signs, the Ontario Thunder mounted a last-quarter comeback to beat Team BC 50-48 and win the 2014 Coloplast Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Championships. This is the Thunder’s fourth consecutive national championship title.
“We played a hard, intense game and took care of the ball,” said player-coach David Willsie after the match. “Our fans were definitely the 5th man in this match. They kept us in it and brought great energy.”
The game was an intense affair full of hard hits and fouls. Though BC was up by as much as two in the first half, key turnovers forced by veterans David Willsie and Garett Hickling eventually allowed the Thunder to pull ahead and win.
In the Division One bronze medal game, the Alberta Roughnecks bested Quebec. BC’s B team won the Division Two gold. The Ontario Storm won Division Two silver and the Alberta Bighorns won Division 2 bronze.
Though the national season is over, Canada’s wheelchair rugby national team will now shift their focus to the 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, which will be held in Richmond, BC from June 19-21, and then the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. Canada is currently ranked third in the world.
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