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NSW wins national 7-a-side football title

23/4/12
NSW has won bragging rights over Queensland following their 4-2 win against the host state at the National Paralympic 7-a-side Football Championships in Rockhampton last week.

The final had plenty of drama, with Queensland leading 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the final. An uncharacteristic red card for Queensland's goal keeper Jared Eiby early in the first half left Queensland a player down for the rest of the game.

It was hometown hero Jeremy Thorpe's last game for Queensland and there were plenty of local supporters on hand to give the retiring Paralympian a rousing send-off.

Rockhampton's David Barber was awarded the 'Golden Boot' for top goal scorer of the tournament and Best and Fairest for Queensland went to Stacey Sarago Ahkee (Cairns).

The event at Frenchville Sports Club attracted more than 50 competitors from five states, and was conducted by Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association. It was the first time Queensland had hosted the national titles.

Seven-a-side footbal is played by people with cerebral palsy and people who have an acquired brain injury resulting in symptoms similar to cerebral palsy. The sport is similar to football for able-bodied players with a few modifications. There are seven players on the field at a time rather than 11, the measurements of the playing field are smaller, there’s no offside rule and the players are permitted to roll the ball instead of throwing the ball in. Matches consist of two halves of 30 minutes each.

Click here to view the photos from the championships.

 
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