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2012 Demolition Derby

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 By: Tommy Sullivan

The Lakeshore Foundation held its annual Demolition Derby in Birmingham, Alabama the weekend of January 27-29, 2012 featuring five quad rugby teams from throughout the country and Canada.
Although the field was smaller than in years past the competition was just as intense. After Friday and Saturday morning’s round robin play was complete, crossover play found the USQRA Force team battling Canada’s developmental team. The Canadians held their own, led by All-Tournament Team member Cory Harrower, but the constant line switching from the USQRA Force team was too much for the outnumbered Canadian team.
The USQRA Force team had earned a spot to play the number one seed Shepherd Smash for a chance to play in the championship game on Sunday. The USQRA Force, running their deuce line, gave the Smash trouble in the first half, while bringing in another line led by Emily Shryock. They kept the game close until the fourth quarter, but the high low line of the Smash pulled out a hard fought win to advance to the championship game.
Sunday’s next consolation game was played between home team Lakeshore Demolition and a very experienced Northridge Knights team. Led by Lee Mercado, Northridge kept the game close in the first half, but the Demolition, which was led by Delvin McMillian and Shin Nakazato, pulled away from the Knights in the third quarter. The Demolition played mostly key defense saving energy for their next game.
The Championship game was set between the Demolition and Smash. The Demolition played the Smash close in the first half, but the high/low line of the Smash, led by pickers Scott Stokes, Nate Harmon and the solid play of high pointers Duane Morrow and Tournament MVP Rob Deller, was too much for the Demolition in the second half. Congratulations to the Shepherd Smash for winning the 2012 Demolition Derby.
Support for the Demolition Derby has been provided by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. A special thanks to our sponsors Eagle Sportschairs and Xcalibur Sportschairs.
Lakeshore Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with physical disabilities through fitness, recreation, and athletics. These programs help children and adults with physical disabilities maintain healthy and active lifestyles, as well as develop
stronger self-esteem and improve independent living skills.
February 7, 2012 — 5:52pm