Saturday, 13 September 2014

Invictus Games - Wheelchair Rugby - 1st half

After a fabulous evening at the Opening Ceremony for the Invictus Games I headed back to Queen Elizabeth Park on Friday for an evening of Wheelchair Rugby.
After a hectic week at work I was toying with giving this a miss.... I'm so glad I didn't, I had a fabulous evening which culminated in Great Britain winning the Gold in a hard fought contest with the USA.
This was my schedule for the evening:
12 Sep 17:30 - 20:30
  • 5TH/6TH PLACE PLAYOFF - ITALY V NEW ZEALAND 
  • BRONZE MEDAL MATCH - DENMARK V AUSTRALIA 
  • CELEBRITY MATCH - INVICTUS V ENDEAVOR        
  • GOLD MEDAL MATCH - UNITED STATES V UNITED KINGDOM
The Playoff game between Italy & New Zealand introduced me to the rules and pace of the game. Similar rules to rugby, including the 'Sin' bin for naughty players... its frenetic, you soon loose sight of the fact that these competitors are in wheelchairs and just loose yourself in their willingness to win. Also cheering for the players was Prince Harry who was in the sound box, watching all the games.
2nd game was the bronze medal match between Denmark and Australia, which resulted in Denmark taking the Bronze... a tough fort game between the two sides.
Following on from the Bronze medal game was the Exhibition match (separate post to follow) which I had no idea about and was beyond excited when Harry & Jonny Wilkinson appeared!
By this stage the Copper box was full to the rafters and the energy in the arena was amazing which when the GB and USA teams wheeled themselves out for the final, the roof  nearly came off.
The game was heavily contested, the constant clashing of the wheels of the chairs indicated just how much both sides wanted to win this game. The crowd were roaring on their feet routing for GB to take Gold and in the dying minutes, Captain Charlie Walker scored with just 36 seconds remaining to claim a famous 13-12 win.  |Here is a clip of the final minutes.
Here are the celebrations post win, with the whole audience on their feet celebrating complete with the army military.... the medal presentation was complete with Harry's under armour pants!
I had an amazing emotional evening filled with Pride.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Invictus Games - Wheelchair Rugby - 1st half

After a fabulous evening at the Opening Ceremony for the Invictus Games I headed back to Queen Elizabeth Park on Friday for an evening of Wheelchair Rugby.
After a hectic week at work I was toying with giving this a miss.... I'm so glad I didn't, I had a fabulous evening which culminated in Great Britain winning the Gold in a hard fought contest with the USA.
This was my schedule for the evening:
12 Sep 17:30 - 20:30
  • 5TH/6TH PLACE PLAYOFF - ITALY V NEW ZEALAND 
  • BRONZE MEDAL MATCH - DENMARK V AUSTRALIA 
  • CELEBRITY MATCH - INVICTUS V ENDEAVOR        
  • GOLD MEDAL MATCH - UNITED STATES V UNITED KINGDOM
The Playoff game between Italy & New Zealand introduced me to the rules and pace of the game. Similar rules to rugby, including the 'Sin' bin for naughty players... its frenetic, you soon loose sight of the fact that these competitors are in wheelchairs and just loose yourself in their willingness to win. Also cheering for the players was Prince Harry who was in the sound box, watching all the games.
2nd game was the bronze medal match between Denmark and Australia, which resulted in Denmark taking the Bronze... a tough fort game between the two sides.
Following on from the Bronze medal game was the Exhibition match (separate post to follow) which I had no idea about and was beyond excited when Harry & Jonny Wilkinson appeared!
By this stage the Copper box was full to the rafters and the energy in the arena was amazing which when the GB and USA teams wheeled themselves out for the final, the roof  nearly came off.
The game was heavily contested, the constant clashing of the wheels of the chairs indicated just how much both sides wanted to win this game. The crowd were roaring on their feet routing for GB to take Gold and in the dying minutes, Captain Charlie Walker scored with just 36 seconds remaining to claim a famous 13-12 win.  |Here is a clip of the final minutes.
Here are the celebrations post win, with the whole audience on their feet celebrating complete with the army military.... the medal presentation was complete with Harry's under armour pants!
I had an amazing emotional evening filled with Pride.

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