Norwich Lowriders take third in national wheelchair basketball finals

Norwich Lowriders Under-15s came away with an excellent third place at the national finals in Sheffield.

Elliott Waterfield also had plenty to celebrate, after pocketing the Jean Ratcliff outstanding achievement award for wheelchair basketball, for 2011.

He was handed the award for being a role model, for taking part in all aspects of wheelchair basketball – playing, coaching and refereeing – and is the first name on the new trophy.

The Lowriders were unbeaten from the regular season, in their third year of competition in the national leagues – having bagged second and third in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

This time out they got off to a flier, beating Wakefield Whirlwinds 26-17 in their play-off opener.

However, after a close first half Wolverhampton Rhinos proved too strong for their Norwich rivals, winning out 27-15.

But Manchester Mavericks were put to the sword 25-17 to ensure another third place finish went the Lowriders' way.

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The eventual winners were Newark Jaguars, who beat the Rhinos in the final.

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