Western Sydney Wanderers claim first Powerchair premiership

Powerchair champions: The Western Sydney Wanderers won its first Powerchair Football Association NSW Western Sydney division premiership, defeating the Newcastle Jets 2-0 in the season's final round. Picture: Eric Berry

Powerchair champions: The Western Sydney Wanderers won its first Powerchair Football Association NSW Western Sydney division premiership, defeating the Newcastle Jets 2-0 in the season's final round. Picture: Eric Berry

The Western Sydney Wanderers has won its first Powerchair Football Association NSW Western Sydney Division premiership with a 2-0 over the Newcastle Jets at Kevin Betts Stadium in Mount Druitt.

The Wanderers were on top of the table throughout the season but four-time champions Newcastle drew level on points ahead of the final round.

With no finals series, the final round match was essentially a decider with a win sealing the premiership for either side. The Wanderers win came on the back of an early goal to season goal leader Abdullah Karim, before Ben Keyte increased the buffer in the 36th minute.

A Parramatta local, Keyte said the win “meant everything”. “We work so hard during the season and we had a massive pre-season as well with our coach so I think there was a lot of hard work that went into this year especially,” Keyte said.

The 2016 Powerchair season was a breakout year for the Wanderers, with the side’s previous best result third. Keyte, who has played the sport since 2010, also set his best season tally with eight goals.

The Wanderers’ strong season has been rewarded with Keyte, Karim and Jacob Cross all selected for NSW ahead of the Powerchair State Championships in October.

Powerchair Football is a team sport designed for electric wheelchair users and is played on a basketball court.

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