The first games of the National Wheelchair Basketball League season rolled off (sorry – couldn’t help myself!) over the weekend. Reigning Champs and local team the Perth Wheelcats saw their season start with a home game AND a replay of last season’s Grand Final against the Woollongong Kidzwish Roller Hawks.
With celebrity support from their newly announced number one ticket holder Ernie Dingo, the Wheelcats took to the court with a fierceness and positivity that was truly inspirational.
Half time entertainment was provided by members of the current reigning Champions for 2011 Australian Baseball League, Perth Heat. In friendly competition (of course!) players Mitch Graham and Lachlan Dale did their best at driving the chairs around the court with mascots Heat Flash and Hot Dog cheering them on. Mitch took the lead though scoring the winning goal a good time span before team mate Lachlan.
In the end, the Wheelcats followed up their grand final win, winning 100-81. Leading goal scorer for the Wheelcats was Justin Eveson with 35 points.
Shaun Norris looked after him dishing out 16 assists while the highest goal scorer for the Roller Hawks was Tristain Knowles with 44 points.
The Wheelcats are off to Dandenong next for a two game series. Next home game is a two game series the weekend of the 9th of July.
A gold coin donation will get you in the door at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre to show the team support.