(MONTREAL, QUE.) The championship final is set with a rematch between the defending champion Edmonton Inferno and reigning silver medallists from host Quebec as both teams enter the gold medal tilt with spotless records (3-0) at the 2019 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) Women’s National Championship in Montreal.
Championship Sunday kicks off with Saskatchewan and the B.C. Breakers squaring off for bronze at 9 a.m. ET, followed by the gold medal showdown between Quebec and Edmonton at 11 a.m. ET at the Centre sportif at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
Fans can catch the games live on the Parasports Québec Facebook page and check out the full schedule and final results at wheelchairbasketball.ca.
“We’re really happy to be in the final and we’ve all worked so hard to get there and this year we’ve had such a good tournament so far,” said Quebec player Rosalie Lalonde (Saint-Clet, Que.). “We’re really lucky with home tournaments so we hope to bring another title home in Quebec.”
Quebec dispatched of Saskatchewan 64-44 in the semifinals on Saturday. The team from la Belle Province set the tone early with a 22-point output in the opening quarter and never looked back.
“We won the game with our defence and we will need that in the final. We’re a really small team so our focus is on applying pressure and that’s what will win a championship for us,” said Lalonde, who delivered a strong two-way showing with 17 points and five defensive boards for Quebec.
The Inferno overpowered the B.C. Breakers 67-49 in the other semifinal. While the depth of the Inferno proved to be too much for the Breakers to handle, Edmonton also had their hands full trying to contain B.C. player Kady Dandeneau (Pender Island, B.C.), who had 28 points and was second only to the Inferno’s Arinn Young (Legal, Alta.) who led all scorers with 30 points.
Edmonton anticipates another seesaw battle in the final against Quebec. The history between the two teams has been filled with many tight contests in recent years.
“Quebec is going to be a different game tomorrow,” said Inferno head coach Darrell Nordell. “They’re very quick and all five of them on the court are super quick. We have to make our decisions a lot earlier than we did today (against B.C.) but I’m happy with the girls and it’s a good start.”
“It’s nice to have six teams here again this year,” added Nordell. “It really shows that the growth of women’s basketball in Canada is on the up and up, and that’s what we want to see. We want to have opportunities for women to play against each other.”
Ontario defeated the Calgary Rollers 46-36 in the final game Saturday to finish in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
The 2019 CWBL Women’s National Championship is the top women’s wheelchair basketball club event in Canada and is open to athletes with and without a disability. The event is hosted by Parasports Québec.
The tournament features current and future stars and notable alumnae from the Canadian Women’s National Team, including several hopefuls to represent Canada at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
About the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League
The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) was founded in 1986 and has two primary divisions: the open division and the women’s division. The league features wheelchair basketball club teams from across Canada and culminates each season with a national championship for both the open and women’s divisions.
The league is fully integrated as both divisions welcome athletes with a disability as well as able-bodied athletes to play in the spirit of competition. It often features some of the country’s best wheelchair basketball players, including past, present and future members of Team Canada.
About Parasports Québec
Parasports Québec is a leader in Canada for the development of parasports and is an organization dedicated to the promotion and development of parasports in Quebec. Parasports Québec is the Quebec sports federation of five sports: wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, para-athletics and powerchair soccer. For more information visit www.parasportsquebec.com.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last seven Paralympic Games. For more information visit www.wheelchairbasketball.ca.
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Tel: 613-260-1296 ext. 203