The Australian men’s 3 x 3 wheelchair basketball team has defeated England in the semi-final 12 – 11 at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and booked themselves a spot in the gold medal match.
NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Luke Pople, who at 31 years of age makes his Games debut in Birmingham, was front and centre of the match.
View this post on Instagram
Born and bred in Wollongong, Luke was a crucial member of the men’s team comprised of Lachlin Dalton, Jake Kavanagh and Kurt Thomson. It was a close match and came down to the wire, but the Aussies prevailed and were just too strong for the English.
In the other semi-final, Canada beat Malaysia 14 – 9. The Canadians now face Australia in the gold medal match, having already gone down to the Aussies in the opening match of the tournament.
Set your alarms for the match, taking place at 4:30am, Wednesday 3 August.
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.
Previously in the men’s 3 x 3 wheelchair basketball, Luke and his team mates beat Canada in their opening match 13 – 11 but were then defeated by Northern Ireland, resulting in a three-way tie in group B.