Great Britain beaten by Australia in final of wheelchair rugby Olympic test event
00:22 GMT, 20 April 2012
Great Britain took the silver medal in the London Prepares wheelchair rugby Olympic test event on Thursday.
The host nation were well beaten,
71-48, in the final as Australia avenged a narrow defeat earlier in the
day to take gold at the Olympic basketball arena.
Great Britain's Aaron Phipps holds off Australia's Ryley Batt
Australia, the 2008 Paralympic silver-medallists, led 19-18 after a tight first quarter but pulled away as star man Ryley Batt took centre stage.
Having featured for less than a minute in Britain's 52-51 overtime victory in a group-stage meeting earlier in the day, Batt scored 30 points to lead his side to victory. Britain's Aaron Phipps matched that total but played a lone hand as his side were well beaten.
Nevertheless, Phipps told Channel 4: “I take my hat off to Ryley, he's the best player in the world. There are loads of positives every time we play against him.
“It's been unbelievably valuable to be in the (Olympic) venue and playing against the top teams. We've learned loads from it.”
Batt added: “We had a great game but I didn't think they played their best game. Come (the Olympics) I think they will be a totally different team.”
Great Britain and Australia players during the London 2012 Wheelchair Rugby Test Event
In the earlier dress rehearsal, the scores were tied 42-42 at the end of regulation time before Great Britain claimed a dramatic one-point victory.
Canada took the bronze medal, beating Sweden for the second time in the day by a 50-48 margin in the third-place play-off.
Also known as 'Murderball', wheelchair rugby is a relatively new sport having been invented in 1977 by a group of Canadian quadriplegic athletes who were looking for an alternative to wheelchair basketball.
Wheelchair rugby first appeared in the Paralympic Games at Atlanta in 1996, when it featured as a demonstration sport.
Incorporating elements of basketball, handball and ice hockey, it is an intense, fast-paced sport.
Each team has 12 players with four allowed on court at any one time, each competitor assigned a point value (0.5 to 3.5) based on their functional ability.
The total on-court value for each team of four cannot exceed eight.