Mixed fortunes for Chaplin's Gliders

THE Australian Gliders wheelchair basketball team is enduring mixed fortunes during its tour of North America ahead of the 2014 world titles.

The squad, which includes Harcourt-raised Shelley Chaplin, were beaten 50-64 by the US women in their opening match of the Lakeshore Cup tournament in Alabama on Tuesday.

The loss follows their 2-2 record at the four-nation Toronto Challenge, a test event for the world championships in the Canadian city in June.

The Gliders were too strong for Japan, but went down 76-73 to the host nation. They dropped a tight game against the Netherlands, then turned the tables on Canada 58-55.

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