Australian polocrosse team
IT’S OFFICIAL, the Australian World Cup Polocrosse team has been announced.
Within the team of eight, there are three players from the Grills family in New South Wales.
This includes siblings Lucy and Jim Grills, and their cousin Abbott.
Taking place from April
22–29 next year, the Adina Polocrosse World Cup is the biggest international event on the polocrosse calendar and will be the largest international sporting event ever to be held in rural Australia.
The event will be played in Warwick and is set to attract
60,000 spectators, more than
2000 international visitors, and 300 players from eight countries, all battling it out for the sport’s top honour.
The Aussie team will be coached by Arch Anderson, from New South Wales, and assistant coach Cameron Shepherd, from Queensland.
Warwick Polocrosse Club president Les Fraser described the team as “balanced”.
“They will do a great job representing Australia at the World Cup,” he said.
“Some are very experienced while others are up-and-coming athletes playing for their country for the first time.
“It is going to be exciting to watch this team perform together.”
Meet the team...
■ Lauren Sillitoe (Tansey Polocrosse Club). Originally hailing from WA. Lauren was a member of the 2015 World Cup team and has been a representative player of many years.
■ Beth Hafey (Tansey Polocrosse Club). This will be Beth’s first chance at open representative polocrosse.
■ Lucy Grills (Albury/Holbrook Polocrosse Club). Has represented Australia in junior, U21 and open Australian sides over many years. Lucy was also a member of the 2015 World Cup team.
■ Jim Grills (Albury/Holbrook Polocrosse Club). Has been an Australian representative since the junior ranks and is the brother of Lucy Grills.
■ Abbott Grills (Albury/Holbrook Polocrosse Club). The cousin of Lucy and Jim, Abbott represented Australia at the 2015 World Cup.
■ Lance Anderson (Cassilis Polocrosse Club). Represented Australia at the
2011 World Cup and has been an open representative player for many years.
■ Will Weston (Jugiong Polocrosse Club). Was a member of the 2011 and 2015 World Cup team and has been an open representative player for many years.
■ Suzette Thomas (South Midlands Polocrosse Club). Was a member of Australia’s last World Cup winning team in 2007.
Lauren Sillitoe. PHOTOS: JOE MCINALLY PHOTOGRAPHY