Aus­tralian polocrosse team

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

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...

FROM QUEENS­LAND

■ 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.

FROM NSW

■ 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.

FROM WA

■ Suzette Thomas (South Mid­lands Polocrosse Club). Was a mem­ber of Aus­tralia’s last World Cup win­ning team in 2007.

Will We­ston.

Lucy Grills.

Ab­bott Grills.

Lance An­der­son.

Beth Hafey.

Jimmy Grills.

Lau­ren Sil­li­toe. PHO­TOS: JOE MCINALLY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Suzette Thomas.

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