This year, over 200 people with a disability enjoyed taking part in Balloon Football across five leagues – East, West, Bendigo, Geelong and South.
A modified version of Australian Rules Football, Balloon Football is played using a large inflated balloon on an indoor basketball court, with players using either powered or manual wheelchairs.
Throughout September, the grand finals took place across the leagues. Some close games were held.
In the East, the Super Stars beat the Bandits. Players were supported by students from Mazenod College and volunteers from David House.
In the West, The Scope Community Group Bombers beat Yooralla Fantastic Five. The season was supported by St Albans Sports Club, St Bernard’s College and Buckley Park Secondary College.
In Bendigo, the Bulldogs beat the Blues. Players were supported by Bendigo Catholic College.
In the South, the Tiger Wheelies beat the Redbacks in a very close and competitive game. The season has been supported by Nazareth College and local volunteers. The Lions Club and Nazareth College organised lunch for everyone post the Grand Final.
Players enjoyed taking part in the Grand Final. For Michael Coles who played in the winning Scope Tiger Wheelies team, “BFL is new to me and playing in the grand final was fantastic. I love BFL as I get to play with my two best mates and we achieve more when we work together as a team and today we won the grand final. I love it”.
Photo: Russell Burrell from Scope’s Tiger Wheelies team.