By David Gold

tristan knowlesOctober 28 - Basketball Australia has named its men's and women's wheelchair squads which will compete in Goyang, South Korea next month for a place at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The Rollers, Australia's senior men's team, will have the likes of Tristan Knowles, Dylan Alcott and Justin Eveson in their team.

For the senior women's team, The Gliders, Bridie Kean, Amber Merritt, Cobi Crispin and Kylie Gauci will all be in action as both sides look to finish in the top two places at their respective competitions next month.

The Asia Oceania Regional Championships take place from 4 until 11 November, and both teams will be confident of success as the reigning champions after their 2009 successes, with the men particularly strong favourites having won gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Jan Stirling, the Senior National Coach of the Wheelchair Programme, is confident of more success next month.

"We think we have a good balanced group and we certainly go in as best prepared as we can," said Stirling.

"We know that China is a country on the move in terms of the wheelchair game, and we always have wonderful battles with Japan so it won't be an easy task but we're certainly looking forward to it.

"No one knows much about Korea at all and I think that's always fraught with danger when you're playing against a host nation in any event.

"They've kind of been doing their preparation in house if you like so we have to be prepared to expect the unexpected with Korea."

Rollers head coach Ben Ettridge is similarly optimistic, saying: "We've gone through some extensive trials in the last 18 months and we've had a good look at maybe thirty players who have come through the program at different tournaments and camps.

"Every time we get together, it's a gauge of where we're at.

"Sometimes it's not even on the court where we're focused - sometimes it's off the court stuff.

"We're looking at a playing environment that is not like home.

"Korea is a very different place to play and live and eat and get around, so it will test the guys with the different challenges they'll get thrown on a daily basis.

"And it's very important for where we want to be heading because, if you get to London, you're relying on your 12 teammates and staff members to get you through some tough spots."

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