Australia wins Physical Disability Rugby League gold at Commonwealth Championships
Wests Tigers would like to congratulate the Australian Physical Disability Rugby League team who won gold at the Commonwealth Championships in Queensland over the weekend.
The Australian team went through the tournament undefeated and without conceding a point, with New Zealand winning the silver medal the Commonwealth All Stars bronze.
Wests Tigers were well represented in the tournament with three players from the club’s Physical Disability Rugby League team winning gold for Australia, one playing for New Zealand and three taking to the field for the Commonwealth All Stars.
George Tonna, Geoff Clarke and Mitch Gleeson were a part of the gold medal winning Australian side with Gleeson the top try scorer for the tournament, crossing the line twice.
Wests Tigers teammate Gary Kingi was a part of New Zealand’s team with Marco Quintao Snr, Marco Quintao and Allan Ross all playing for the Commonwealth All Stars.
Wests Tigers were also a part of the Australian coaching staff, with Community and Fan Engagement Manager Shaun Spence Head Coach for the team.
Spence said that he was impressed with how the players performed across the tournament.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of all of the players who participated in this tournament,” he said. “The level of rugby league was phenomenal, the players really lifted their intensity and to see how much their skill level had improved was really impressive.
“Attending a tournament like this, you can sometimes think that the Disability component will be a side-product compared to the men’s and women’s competitions but it soon became the main attraction because everyone got behind it so well.
“To come away with the gold medal was a huge thrill and a testament to the hard work that all the players put in leading up to the Championships,” said Spence.