Wheelers hard hit by injury

THE Capricorn Rock Wheelers wheelchair basketball team has suffered a setback by losing Australian Gliders representative Naomi Schouten for this weekend's finals.

Schouten, of Gladstone, has been ruled out by injury, but this will not stop the competition leaders from shooting towards the top prize at the Northern Challenge finals in Cairns.

Capricorn is undefeated after the opening two rounds in Mackay, back in July, and have further boosted their title campaign with extra training and individual sessions to help improve their fitness.

Interim coach Michael Oxley said the team had developed a running game this year and now had the ability to mix up their defences to suit different opposition.

This surprised their opposition in Mackay.

"We won't have the surprise factor in round three, however, we hope improved execution will get us through,'' Oxley said.

Mount Morgan rookie Jason Holohan is a hot contender for this year's MVP (most valuable player) award while fellow Mount Morgan first year player Ben Lodewikus is improving in every game.

Capricorn will play Townsville, Mackay and Cairns tomorrow and will play Mackay in Sunday's major semi-final in a bid to gain direct entry into the grand final.



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