Australia has won the gold medal in the men’s 3 x 3 wheelchair basketball defeating Canada 11 – 9 at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Having already gone down to the Aussies in the opening match of the tournament, the Canadians were hungry to assert themselves early in the game but were no match for the strength and skill of the Aussies.
NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Luke Pople, who at 31 years of age made his Games debut in Birmingham, was dominant throughout the game, pouring in six points, and celebrating with team mates Lachlin Dalton, Jake Kavanagh and Kurt Thomson at the end of the match.
To advance to the gold medal match in the men’s 3 x 3 wheelchair basketball, Luke Pople and his team mates beat Canada in their opening match 13 – 11 and were then defeated by Northern Ireland, resulting in a three-way tie in group B. The Australians met England in the semi-final, defeating the host country 12 – 11.
The men’s 3 x 3 wheelchair basketball format, which made its debut at the Commonwealth Games, has been a hit with the crowd that saw the first pool matches from across both the able-bodied and wheelchair competitions.
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