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Collingwood is proud to again field a team in the Robert Rose Foundation Wheelchair Football League in 2019. All games will be held at the Boroondara Sports Complex and run every Sunday from 12 May to 1 September.

The Robert Rose Foundation is named in honour of former Magpie Robert Rose. The son of Collingwood icon Bob Rose, Robert became a quadriplegic following a car accident in 1974. 

The VWFL is designed to provide sporting opportunity for Victorians with a physical disability. Five AFL clubs will be represented in the 2019 season, with Collingwood, Hawthorn, Essendon, St Kilda and Richmond all fielding teams.


Disposal
A handball is equivalent to a kick, and a single handed underarm throw is equivalent to a handpass in wheelchair football.

When throwing the ball, the players’ arm must remain under shoulder height for the disposal to be legal. There is no kicking in AFL Wheelchair. A double-handed chest pass is classed as an illegal disposal.

Ball Ups
At a centre ball up, both centre players must contest the ruck. Each team is permitted to have one additional team member in the centre zone. Should a team have more than one additional team member in the centre zone, a free kick will be awarded against the offending team.

How long does a game run for?
All matches shall consist of four 10 minute quarters with no time on.

What positions do the players play?
There are designated zones (forward, centre and defence) which dictate where assigned players can play.

In a five against five match, the positions are as follows:

- Two forwards (can only move in the Forward or Centre zones, and only the designated forwards can score)
- Two defenders (can only move in the centre and back zones)
- One centre (can move in all zones)

Who can play?
For a player to be eligible to participate in the league, he or she must identify has having a physical disability.

What does the playing field look like?
Games will be played on a basketball court.

Each game should be played with five players on either side, which is the maximum numbers of players on the court at one time. The minimum to constitute a game is three against three. There are no restrictions to how many players can be on the bench.

The appropriate ball for the VWFL is a size five synthetic Sherrin.

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