Rio 2016: GB wheelchair rugby squad pipped by Canada

PUBLISHED: 20:55 15 September 2016

Great Britain's Jim Roberts goes over with the ball in the scoring zone in the wheelchair rugby event at the Rio Paralympics (pic: PA)

Great Britain's Jim Roberts goes over with the ball in the scoring zone in the wheelchair rugby event at the Rio Paralympics (pic: PA)

PA/Press Association Images

Overtime loss leaves hopes in the balance

ParalympicsGB suffered the narrowest of defeats in the wheelchair rugby competition in Rio as Canada scored in the dying seconds of overtime to take a 50-49 victory.

In an end-to-end battle, it was top seeds Canada who opened the scoring, but Jim Roberts and Ayaz Bhuta were instrumental in keeping ParalympicsGB – whose squad includes east London’s Bulbul Hussain – neck and neck with their rivals.

But with the scores level at 49-49, Trevor Hirschfield’s score with less than a second left on the clock in overtime settled the match.

ParalympicsGB had been 15-14 up at the end of the first period before Canada nudged in front 24-23 at half-time.

The British players then enjoyed a strong third period to retake the lead 36-33, before their opponents rallied and led by a score heading into the final minute of normal time.

Bhuta’s 11th goal of the match then tied the scores, but the match then took another late twist with Hirschfield’s winner.

It means ParalympicsGB have lost their opening two matches against Australia and Canada with a final group game against Brazil on Friday, while they have to rely on results elsewhere going their way to progress to the semi-finals.

Roberts, who top-scored with 21 goals, said: “At the last few majors when we’ve played against Canada they’ve got us just by one and for it to be in overtime is really disappointing.

“You can see how much it meant to the guys, we really put our heart and soul into doing well and coming home with that medal the public deserves because they’ve got behind us. We feel like we let people down.

“I think we should have scored that goal right at the end of normal time, it was always going to be tough in overtime.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 20:55

League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Exeter City 1

Yesterday, 14:00

Lukasz Fabianski 7: Huge save to deny Raheem Sterling late on. Went right way and almost stopped Phil Foden’s goal.

Mon, 13:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton knows they’re not the finished article yet but is way more pleased with progress after their 2-0 victory over Stevenage.

Mon, 10:00

West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice believes they’re building something special as they nicked a 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

League Two: Stevenage 0 Leyton Orient 2

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Premier League: West Ham United 1 Manchester City 1

Friday, October 23, 2020

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton has revealed he spoke with former O’s striker and now Stevenage boss Alex Revell frequently during the original Covid-19 lockdown as they now go head-to-head this weekend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi is feeling confident after two big wins to correct their slow start to the new Essex Senior League season.


With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start for the small and medium-sized companies. Let’s get businesses ready to take advantage of new opportunities...

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Latest from the East London Advertiser