The eleventh round of Australia’s Balloon Football League wrapped up yesterday. The Blues, Jets and Bombers all came away winners.
The first game of the round saw the Blues take on the Bulldogs, with the Blues pulling out a narrow victory with 1 goal and 1 behind while the Bulldogs put up 4 behinds. Tyrone Oneil scored the Blues’s lone goal.
Scoring 3 goals and 6 behinds, the Jets outscored the Magic who managed to only score 1 goal and 7 behinds. Nicky McGregor led the Jets in scoring with 2 goals, while teammate Ben Holmes scored 1. Trevor Tonkin was the Magic’s only goal scorer.
The last match of the round was a close one between the Bombers and Giants, and won on behinds. Both teams scored 2 goals, but the Bombers scored 4 behinds to the Giants 1 to claim victory. Matt Rodda and Kylie Muir both scored one each for the Bombers, while Rohan Lee scored both goals for his team.
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.