Scotland Select Euros Squad

Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League has selected their squad which will compete at the Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships in September.

The squad includes three debutants; Jay Anderson, David Harris and Daniel Grant brother of Michael Grant who made his debut earlier this year.

2015 European Championship Squad
Graeme Stewart (Glasgow Panthers)
Stephen Carling (Dundee Dragons)
Jay Anderson (Dundee Dragons)
Michael Mellon (Dundee Dragons)
Gavin Dobson (Halifax)
Michael Grant (Gravesend Dynamite)
Daniel Grant (Gravesend Dynamite)
David Harris (Medway Dragons)

Scotland will battle against England, France, Wales, and Ireland for the chance to be crowned European Champions during four action-packed days of competition.

It follows Medway’s success hosting the World Cup in 2013 and the Four Nations tournament in 2014, which both attracted big crowds.

Scotland Coach Jamie Seery commented “we are delighted to announce the squad which will compete in September, we have seen great improvements in players over the year. This has been down to the training on going at the club sides plus we have had two very competitive internationals against Ireland. We have set ourselves an ambitious but very realistic target which, with this squad, I am very confident will achieve”.

He continued ” This is a very exciting time for Wheelchair Rugby League in Scotland with the Scottish Challenge Cup this month and our member clubs continuing to grow. This tournament gives us the chance to test ourselves against the best in the world two years on from the world cup.”

For more information on fixtures and tickets go to http://www.medway.gov.uk/euros2015

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European Championships

International wheelchair rugby league returns to Medway Park in September 2015.

England, France, Wales, Ireland and Scotland will battle it out to be crowned European Champions during four action-packed days of competition.

It follows Medway’s success hosting the World Cup in 2013 and the Four Nations tournament in 2014, which both attracted big crowds.

European Championship tickets and fixtures.

Tickets go on sale on 1 August 2015 on 01634 336651 or online at http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisurebookings

Wednesday, 23 September
England Vs France Kielty / Fassolette Trophy
All tickets £7.50

Thursday, 24 September
11am – Scotland v Ireland
1pm – France v England
5pm – Wales  v Scotland
7pm – Ireland v France
£3.50 per match or £5 day ticket (U16s free)

Friday, 25 September
11am – England v Wales
1pm – Scotland v France
5pm – Ireland v England
7pm – France v Wales
£3.50 per match or £5 day ticket (U16s free)

Saturday, 26 September
11am – Ireland v Wales
1pm – Scotland v England
5pm – 3 v 4 play-off
7pm – European Championships Final
£5 per match or £7.50 day ticket (U16s free)

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Scottish Challenge Cup

Wheelchair Rugby League Scottish Challenge Cup – Something to Shout About!

Wheelchair Rugby League has grown year on year in Scotland, testament to the clubs and the army of volunteers, who give up their time to develop the sport. Wheelchair Rugby League is as inclusive as any sport could wish to be – it truly is sport for all!

Two of Scotland’s biggest clubs will go head to head in the Scottish Challenge Cup.

Glasgow Panthers and Dundee Dragons are clubs ran on shoestring budgets by volunteers whose level of commitment and skill is encouraging and infectious.

Sunday 9th of August is the first date for the diary for lovers of high octane wheelchair sport! Glasgow Panthers and Dundee Dragons will clash in the first leg of the Scottish Challenge Cup at Easterhouse Hub in the East End of Glasgow from 1pm.

Sunday 23 August will see the final decided and the trophy collected when the second leg is played in Dundee at the Dundee International Sport Centre on Sunday 23rd of August from 1pm.
Both matches are sure to be well contested and provide excellent entertainment.

Adam Mould founder and coach of Glasgow Panthers said:

“Wheelchair Rugby League gives people the opportunity to get back into sport, it proves that just because you are in a wheelchair you don’t have to sit at home watching TV, you can take part and be successful in sport!”

Kevin Rattray coach of Dundee Dragons echoed the sentiments stating:

“Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club is delighted for the opportunity to pit ourselves against Glasgow Panthers Wheelchair Rugby League Club in the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby League Scottish Challenge Cup.

We have great respect for Glasgow Panthers as Scotland’s first Wheelchair Rugby League Club and the work that Adam Mould has done with the Panthers was one of the inspirations to Dundee Dragons when we started in 2013.

We expect very competitive matches in Glasgow then in Dundee and regardless of the final result Wheelchair Rugby League in Scotland will be the winner.”

1st Leg
Glasgow Panthers v Dundee Dragons
Sunday 9th August 1pm kick off
Easterhouse Hub Sports, G33 4LA

2nd Leg
Dundee Dragons v Glasgow Panthers
Sunday 23rd August 1pm kick off
Dundee International Sport Centre, DD4 7AA

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Scotland Trials Confirmed

Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League are pleased to announced our upcoming trial for squad selection ahead of the European Championships in September.

The trial will be on Sunday 19th July 1-4pm at Lomond School Sports Hall. The trial will involve a training session followed by a series of games.

The trial is open to anyone who is eligible to play for Scotland, we are looking for both players who are ready to compete at the highest level and players who have the potential to reach that level ahead of the European Championships.

To register for the trial players should email the details below to admin@scotlandwrl.org

Name, club, DOB, contact number, disability (state if AB), eligibility, previous rep experience.

Players will be required to bring their own sports wheelchair, however should anyone need one we may be able to help if you let us know in advance.

TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR WRLBRAVEHEARTS

On Saturday, May 23rd a strong Scotland side ventured south of Hadrian’s Wall for the first time since the 4 Nations Tournament in September 2014. Seery’s Scots would face off against Ireland in the 2nd leg of the inaugural Celtic Nations tournament, needing to claw back 24 points to level the tie.

Truth be told, it was always going to be an uphill struggle.

Ireland roared out of the traps with George Hill grounding the ball almost immediately from kick off. This set the theme for the 1st half with the sorry Scots unable to offer any real answers to the questions asked of them. Strong performances from Hill and Vicky Irwin saw Ireland take control of the game. The Scotland players and coaches, like the proverbial rabbit in headlight could only watch on in bewilderment as the Irish side continued to run riot.

Half time saw the Scots deep in conversation presumably Seery was rallying his troops. The rejuvenated Scots in a scene resembling the Battle of Culloden in 1746 charged down field to claim some much needed points. This shock and awe tactic saw tide turn – the Scots in an act of sheer defiance took control of the game and their confidence grew. The Irish team felt the pressure – leading to the influential Irwin spending ten minutes in the sin bin for unsporting conduct. The Scots smelling blood continued to batter at the Irish defence scoring several tries which went unanswered.

With the return of Irwin it really was game on. The Scots continued to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the Irish who were fighting out from the ropes. The Scots continued to grow in confidence spreading play to the left and right flanks much to the delight of the assembled crowd.

The Bravehearts had fought the good fight in the second half but had left it too late to form any real comeback. Ireland ran out deserved winners on the day and over the tie.

Following arguably the best game of rugby league to grace Blackpool that weekend Scotland Coach Jamie Seery said “What we aimed not to do, happened. We let Ireland take control of the game from the off as we did in Dundee. Sometimes you just accept that there is not much we can do to match what the other team is doing – in some cases that’s credit to the way Ireland played. We had a chat with the players at half time and we all agreed as we had all underperformed and that it was unacceptable with the players and the set-up we have”.

Seery also offered his congratulations to the Irish “We would like to congratulate Ireland on lifting the cup, for us it’s time to focus on building and developing our squad for the European Championships. We have developed a programme that will focus not only on the Technical and Tactical side of the game but will hopefully develop the physical and mental attributes of our players”.

Fulltime score Ireland 78 – 48 Scotland

MOTM

Ireland – George Hill

Scotland – Michael Mellon

Congratulations Ireland on being crowned Celtic Cup Champions 2015.

WHEELCHAIR SQUAD READY FOR CHALLENGE IN BLACKPOOL

Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League has announced their squad to take on Ireland this Saturday in Blackpool. There has been some changes due to a number of players unavailable for selection.

Scotland squad to face Ireland

Graeme Stewart (c) (Glasgow Panthers)
Ian McKeen (Dundee Dragons)
Michael Mellon (Dundee Dragons)
Stephen Carling (Dundee Dragons)
John Cairns (The Wheelchair Clan)
Gavin Dobson (Halifax)

Management Team 2015

Head Coach – Jamie Seery
Assistant Coach – John Cairns
Performance Analyst – Peter Lowis
Assistant Analyst – Iain Allen
Sports Therapist – George Stewart
Support Staff – Nick Thorburn
Manager -Charlotte Wilson

The match has a significant historical aspect as it marks the final leg of the first Celtic Cup with Scotland having all the work to do following Ireland’s 52-28 win in Dundee last month.
The national coach Jamie Seery is looking forward to the challenge ahead.”We were happy with how we played in parts during the first leg but due to the poor start which seen us 28 points down within 20 minutes it was always going to be hard to come back,” he said.

“We got the game back to within 12 points with 10 minutes to go which showed the players will to performance and improve, we need to take the 40 minutes we did well and make sure we do that the full game”

Scotland take on Ireland on Saturday 23rd May at Blackpool Sports Centre with kick off at 4:15pm.

Tickets can be purchased on the day with adults £2, concessions and Under 16’s go free.