This past weekend, another round of Australia’s Balloon Football League took place with the Bulldogs, Bombers and Magic coming away as winners. The Western Bulldogs Balloon Football Team defeated the Jets 55 points – 47 points. The Bombers defeated the Blues with 4 goals 5 behinds – 1 goal 1 behind. The Magic beat 6 goals 8 behinds – 2 goals and 1 behind.
The Western Bulldogs scored 8 goals and had 7 points in their victory, while holding the Jets to 7 goals and 5 points. They were led in scoring by Jye Yates who had 4 goals, while Melissa Gorden Cooke and Deanne Larkins each scored a pair of goals. On the Jets side of the field, Ben Holmes led his side in scoring with 6 goals while Ross Martins put in 1.
The Carlton Blues James Kerr, who is one of the league’s leading scorers, was held in check most of this game, and was only to put in one goal for his team in their loss. Matt Rodda led his Bombers side in scoring with 3 goals, while Kim Barlow put up 1.
Trevor Tonken put up an impressive 5 goals for the Magic, while teammate Joey Walsh contributed 1 goal. The Giants Mark Hills and Tamati Poingdestre had 1 goal each in their loss.
Balloon football is a disability sport adaptation of Australian Football for people who use both electric and manual wheelchairs in every day life. The sport is most popular in Australia, where there are national and state competitions. It differs from powerchair football because players use their hands and a large, balloon like ball to score goals in three goals.