Roaches cane the toads, by a point

NEW South Wales scraped home against Queensland by the barest of margins in the Coffs Crush wheelchair rugby clash at Sportz Central on Sunday.

The Cockroaches, captained by local 'murderball' player Ben Newton, won 39-38 in a fiery encounter that saw many confrontations on the court.

“Fortunately, nobody was hurt and everyone is going home in one piece,” organiser Will Tan said.

A series of demonstrations, explanatory activities and the inter-state collision were used to promote a new State League competition due to begin next year.

One team, to be known as the Northern Hornets, will be based in Coffs Harbour and the world's best wheelchair rugby player, Paralympics sensation Ryley Batt of Port Macquarie, has been engaged to guide the side.

Two teams will be raised in Sydney with another covering the ACT-Southern NSW region.

“Ben Newton will captain the Hornets and as the only player living locally, we'll build the side around him,” Tan said.

“During the weekend we had another potential player discuss the possibility of taking part but we'll keep recruiting and hope to name the final line-up around the middle of December.

“As soon as playing dates for the National League have been decided, a format for 2009 will be announced.”

Certified quadriplegic players will be the strength of the side but in extreme cases, one able-bodied player may be brought into the squad. “It's done to make up any shortfall in numbers or to cover for injury,” Tan added.

If you're interested in playing, contact Will Tan on 9809 5260 or 0421 644 703.

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