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