HEAD coach Mandip Sehmi hailed his Coventry Wheelchair Rugby side after winning the final tournament of the Wheelchair Rugby 5s Championship, ensuring the club finished third overall.
Coventry beat University of Plymouth based side H4H Endeavour 15-14 in the final, after winning their four games prior, adding to third and fifth place finishes earlier in the season.
Sehmi spoke of the rapid growth of his side during the course of their debut campaign, and says their positive form can be built upon next season.
“It’s been an amazing effort from the team in their first season,” he said.
“Most of them only tried playing wheelchair rugby eight months ago for the first time, so winning this series and finishing in the top three overall is outstanding.
“The commitment and progression has been brilliant, and we’re already looking forward to building on these results and experiences for next season.”
Coventry stormed to a 21-8 victory in the opening fixture against Woodbridge Warriors, before seeing off Hatfield Comets 31-7 and Newcastle Falcons 22-16 to top pool B with nine points.
Such was the improvement of Sehmi’s side, that they finally navigated a bogey side in Norfolk Knights – a team who have proven their stumbling block in the previous two tournaments – to win 18-12 after an inspired display.
Victory deservedly placed Coventry in the final, where they met H4H Endeavour in a rollercoaster of a tie.
Two quickfire turnovers were scored by Coventry in the dying moments, overturning a deficit in the process, to win the final by a single point and win the club’s first-ever trophy.
Coventry finished narrowly behind overall winners Norfolk Knights and H4H Endeavour and level on 20 points with Newcastle Falcons – but finishing higher due to a better head-to-head record.
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