Wheelchair Aussie Rules is an adapted version of the AFL, and was first played in 2016. DRSSA runs a Winter program for Wheelchair Aussie Rules, from May to September on Sundays. The program is open to anyone regardless of ability, age or gender. Family and friends are encouraged to come along and play too.
DRSSA also manages the SA Rolling Stars State Wheelchair Footy team, who have won the National Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The National Championships are held in March each year and have teams representing South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, the Australian Defence Force and the RSL. The squad for the Rolling Stars trains in the weeks leading up to the National Championships too - so if you’re looking to become a professional player, this is a pathway you can take!
The Rules of Wheelchair Aussie Rules
- Wheelchair Aussie Rules is played on an indoor court divided into three scoring zones (similar to netball).
- Each team has a defensive zone, a mid-zone and a forward zone. Teams consist of 5 players.
- There are two defenders (allowed in DEF/MID zones), one centre (allowed in all zones) and two forwards (allowed in MID/ATT zones). Only forwards can score.
- To ‘Kick’ the ball in wheelchair footy, the ball is handballed (like it would be in the AFL).
- To ‘Handball’ the ball in a wheelchair, the ball is thrown underarm.
- A ‘Mark’ is awarded if the ball travels two metres after being kicked.
- To tackle, a player in possession of the ball is touched by an opponent.
- If the player in possession is deemed to have had ‘prior opportunity’ to dispose of the ball when touched, the umpire will award a free kick to the opposing team.
- If the player has not had prior opportunity to dispose of the footy, the umpire will call ‘TOUCH’ and the player must kick or pass within one push or 3 seconds.
- Players must bounce the ball or touch the wheelchair with the football after 3 pushes.
- A player can only bounce the ball once each possession.
- A goal (6 points) is when the ball is kicked by a forward between the two large posts.
- A behind (1 point) is scored when the ball is kicked between the large post and small post, or when the ball crosses the goal-line without being kicked.
- After a goal is scored, the opposing team brings the ball in from their defensive goal line (like a behind kick-in in AFL).
When: Sundays, between May & September, at 11:30am - 1pm
Where: Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre Gym, Hampstead Road, Northfield SA 5085
Cost: $30 season fee
Contact: Call DRSSA on (08) 8234 1533 or by using the email form