World Cup on to­mor­row

Warwick Daily News - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE: Stephanie Han­cock and Heather Ballinger will play in the Women’s World Cup, which starts to­mor­row at South­ern Cross Group Sta­dium at Cronulla.

They are two of the Aus­tralian for­wards in a team de­ter­mined to re­tain the World Cup.

Han­cock, who is orig­i­nally from Kil­lar­ney, past Scots PGC stu­dent Ballinger, and War­wick player Jo Bar­rett were part of the cup win­ning team in 2013.

Bar­rett has re­tired and is now do­ing some com­men­tary, but Han­cock and Ballinger are both train­ing hard for the Aus­tralian Jillaroos’ first game against Cook Is­lands to­mor­row at South­ern Cross Group Sta­dium (Shark Park).

The first two games for Aus­tralia are part of triple head­ers at South­ern Cross Group Sta­dium.

Aus­tralia will play Eng­land on Sun­day and Canada on Wed­nes­day.

The lead­ing teams after the first three games will qual­ify for the fi­nals se­ries at the World Cup.

Han­cock is on the record as say­ing she will re­tire after this year’s World Cup but wants to go out a win­ner with a World Cup vic­tory in the De­cem­ber 2 grand fi­nal at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

The women’s fi­nal is a cur­tain raiser to the men’s fi­nal.

She is es­pe­cially keen to win at Sun­corp, a sta­dium where her fa­ther Ro­han played many out­stand­ing games for Queens­land at State of Ori­gin level and de­buted for Aus­tralia at Test level. After this year, she is hop­ing to be trans­ferred to War­wick in her job as a po­lice of­fi­cer and live at Kil­lar­ney.

PHOTO: VAUGHN RI­D­LEY/SWPIX.COM

CUP AP­PEAR­ANCE: Prop Stephanie Han­cock takes on the New Zealand de­fence during one of her games for the Jillaroos.

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