Help us win a minibus!

Local Newspaper The Courier are giving one lucky community group the chance to win a minibus, and you can help us increase the chances of DDWSC being pulled from the hat!

All you have to do is save the tokens that will be printed in the paper from Monday September 7 until Friday October 30. We need 50 tokens per entry, and we can enter as many times as we like!

Read more about the competition here

A minibus would be an amazing asset to the club, so if you can help by keeping your tokens for us, we’d really appreciate it!

“Gowrie” Dragons v. “Blackwood” Phoenix Inaugural Wheelchair Sports Tournament.

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On Saturday, 22nd August 2015t Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club played host to the first ever “Gowrie” Dragons v. “Blackwood” Phoenix Wheelchair Sports Tournament.

The event brought together two of Scotland’s most successful Wheelchair Sports Clubs and their respective sponsors, Gowrie Care Group for Dundee Dragons and Blackwood Homes Care and Support for Lothian Phoenix.

The event coordinated by Sally Lumsdaine of Dundee Dragons in conjunction with Rebecca Muir from Gowrie, was designed to showcase the sports that these two companies support.

Over 40 participants took part in a fun introductory session of Wheelchair Basketball with Tina Gordon from Basketball Scotland/Scottish Disability Sport and Jen Scally from Dundee Dragons and Wheelchair Rugby League with Kevin Rattray from Dundee Dragons.

One of the main sounds coming from the groups was laughter as non-players realised very quickly that playing in a sports wheelchair was more challenging than they had maybe thought, but with the expert guidance of players from both sides they soon found their inner Ade Adepitan.

The fun introduction was followed by the serious stuff; well depending upon your point of view still seemed to be a lot of laughter coming from the courts, but this didn’t stop the requests for goal line technology and video refs, once a competitor always a competitor!

The series of matches pitted teams made up of Gowrie staff and Dragons players with Blackwood staff and Phoenix players involved in a series of fun yet competitive fixtures of Wheelchair Rugby League and Wheelchair Basketball, enabling the sponsors to experience the thrill and excitement of playing wheelchair sports.

In the middle of the “high octane” play, the sponsors were also able to enjoy an end to end children’s Wheelchair Basketball match that highlighted the benefits of the sports for even the youngest of participants, now this was competitive!

The day drew to a close with a fantastic buffet provided by Gowrie and enjoyed by everyone and with the pledge that we must do this again, a view shared by all participants, spectators, families and friends and a commitment from all of the organisers to work together for the benefit of wheelchair sport.

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Written by DDWSC Head Coach Kevin Rattray.

MATCH REPORT: SCOTLAND WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP 1ST LEG.

Glasgow Panthers v Dundee Dragons

Easterhouse Sports Hub Sunday 9 August 1pm

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Referee: Peter Lowis (Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League)

Line Referee: John Cairns (Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League)

Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club Rugby League team travelled to Glasgow on Sunday 9 August to take on the Glasgow Panthers in the first leg of the SWRL Challenge Cup.

Dundee were missing former Scotland international Gemma Lumsdaine but included former international Ian McKeen, Dundee’s only able bodied player, and team captain for the day.

The playing squad was a mixture of experience and inexperience, was going to say youth but that would be stretching the truth a bit, with current Scotland players Stephen Carling and Michael Mellon and recent addition to the Scotland squad Jay Anderson who along with David Birtles, Ronnie Robb and Derek Moncur were playing their first competitive fixture.

Glasgow Panthers kicked off and the game started in frantic fashion with collisions all over the park and a huge amount of kicking, some of it constructive and some it a bit aimless.

Panthers were quickly into the attack pushing the Dragons back with wave after wave and opened the scoring with a well worked, but unconverted try on 13 minutes.

This galvanised the Dragons and it wasn’t long before they were ahead on 15 minutes with a Michael Mellon Try converted by Ian McKeen, followed by an Ian McKeen Try converted by the same player on 17 minutes.

This stung the Panthers and the pressure on the Dragon’s line was relentless resulting in a converted try on 26 minutes, but just as it looked like the tide was turning in Panther’s favour that man McKeen appeared in the line to dot down and convert his own try on 31 minutes.

Ronnie Robb then joined the match after Jay had a bit of trouble with her chair and his impact was immediate as he sent Stephen Carling away down the line for his first try of the day on 35 minutes, but the conversion was missed.

Panthers were not going to let the match get away from them and on the half they found space in the corner for an unconverted try.

Half Time Glasgow Panthers 14 Dundee Dragons 22

Dundee came out for the second half with guns blazing and Mckeen crossed again on 42 minutes for an unconverted try, and once again it looked like the Dragons might stretch away, but this Panthers team is made of strong stuff and they fired back with a converted try of their own on 50 minutes.

This was followed by an immediate sucker punch when Glasgow failed to deal with a restart and Michael Mellon roared in for a try converted by ian McKeen on 51 minutes.

The play was now end to end and Panthers got the scoreboard ticking again with another converted try on 55 minutes followed by a Dragons try by Stephen Carling try converted by himself on 55 minutes and then a further Panthers converted try on 63 minutes, with defences really not on top.

The Dragons continued to mount pressure on the Panthers line and debutant Ronnie Robb forced his way in for a first try for the club on 68 minutes, which went unconverted.

Derek Moncur joined the match on his debut with 10 minutes to play to help to close the match out.

Panthers were not taking this as sign of defeat as they powered down the pitch with an interception try from halfway which was not converted from wide out, now only 8 minutes left and it was truly game on.

Dragons were the first to blink as Panthers capitalised on some slack defending to score a try, tying up the scores with the conversion to come and only a few minutes left to play.

The successful conversion from out on the wing brought the biggest cheer of the day from the appreciative Glasgow support.

Dragons really had to respond and having pushed Panthers back from the restart they regained possession and worked a try scoring opportunity at the corner which Stephen Carling gratefully accepted and Ian McKeen confidently converted from the touchline.

Two minutes to play and Dundee Dragons four points ahead with possession coming their way.

The restart was confidently gathered and Dragons played out their set of six tackles working their way down field to the Panthers try line, where the ball was spilled into touch and the referee blew for full time to signal Dundee Dragons first victory.

Full Time Glasgow Panthers 42 Dundee Dragons 46

This was truly an exciting and enjoyable game of Wheelchair Rugby League with both teams giving their all and then a little bit more.

The Challenge Cup final is now very finely poised going into the Dundee return on 23 August, and with only four points in it it’s anyone’s cup.

Come and join us at Dundee International Sports Centre at 1pm on Sunday 23 August, bring a friend, bring your family you will not be disappointed.

The Lord’s Taverners National Junior Championships 2015

A fundamental part of The Lord’s Taverners Junior Programme, where many of the 2012 ParalympicsGB Wheelchair Basketball Teams honed their talent and skills, The Lord’s Taverners National Junior Championships is a prestigious annual tournament for regional U15 and U19 teams from all across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

The 2015 Championships took place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August at the University of Worcester Arena and Dundee Dragons were well represented; with DDWSC Basketball Coach Jen Scally leading the Scotland U15 squad which included two of our young players, Kayleigh and Murran MacKay.

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In the U19s squad there was yet more DDWSC representation with Gemma Lumsdaine on the court, and Club Secretary Sally Lumsdaine managing their team.

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It was a tough weekend for Scotland with the U19s coming in 10th and the U15s finishing in 8th place, but by all accounts the teams worked well together and played their hearts out.

We’re always proud of our Dragons whether they be players or volunteers, and this weekend is no different; well done guys and safe travels home!