Murderball: Head to Head with Australia's Toughest Team

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Allen & Unwin, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 367 pages
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'These Aussie champions are the toughest, most dangerous sportsmen you're ever likely to see. They hit hard, they play fast, they know no fear.' 60 Minutes

They call it Murderball. An impossibly brutal game that you can't believe is a Paralympic sport. Players in reinforced steel chairs smash into each other with deadly intent and animal ferocity. You expect massive casualties in every game. But as one of the players says, 'What have we got to lose? It's not like we're going to break our necks again!'

Australian Ryley Batt, a 20-year old who was born with no legs and webbed hands, is considered the world's best player. He and his colleagues are determined to become the No 1 Murderball team in the world. And after what they've been through in their lives, no one could question their ability to smash through all obstacles in their path.

But Murderball's more than a game. It's these players' lives. Each and every one of these men has a hell of a story to tell, a story of courage against overwhelming odds and humour in the face of despair. This uncompromising, take-no-prisoners team's dream to achieve world domination will give you an adrenaline rush - and move and inspire you like no other.
 

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Contents

The Rock
5
The Game II
25
Ties that bind
45
THE SMALL DANCES
131
And on the first day
205
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Will Swanton has been a sports writer for a decade. He's covered the Australian Test cricket tours to England, India and the West Indies, plus the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. From swimming at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, the Australian Open Golf tournament, Davis Cup tennis to State of Origin and Test rugby league, Will's seen Ian Thorpe win Olympic gold, Steve Waugh score test centuries, Andrew Johns win rugby league premierships and Mick Fanning win the world championship, which he wrote about in his first book, Some Day. Will writes for the Sun-Herald.

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