Australia go into Polocrosse World Cup semis with top spot
AUSTRALIA has qualified for the fourth Polocrosse World Cup semi finals with a 19-16 victory against Zimbabwe in Shongweni, South Africa, on Sunday night.
The Australians won the third game of the third day of the tournament to book top spot in their pool and set up a semi-final showdown with South Africa late Friday (AEST).
Lauren Cant (Cunningham) and Trent Collins (Tansey) are the two players from Queensland in the Australian team along with assistant coach Kent Wells from the Warwick club.
It is the first World Cup for Cant and Collins.
Cant, Jane Cooper and Lizzie Lyster are the three women in the team who have shared outstanding success with Western Australian teams in the nationals. Cant moved to Queensland last year and joined the Cunningham club.
The Australian team also includes the Grills siblings, Lucy and Jim, and their cousin Abbott Grills from New South Wales. Jim plays top level Aussie Rules in the Albury area and has a dream to play in the AFL. But right now, he is two wins away from World Cup glory. New South Wales star Will Weston makes up the eight in a team coached by Troy Henry (Holbrook, NSW) and managed by Carolyn Garland (Coffs Harbour, NSW).
In the other semi-final, the unbeaten Zambia will play United Kingdom.
After being a permanent part of semis polocrosse when the first two cups were played in Warwick in 2003 and 2007, New Zealand has missed the 2015 semis after going down 19-13 to Zambia on day 3.
Zambia has been the surprise packet of this tournament after beating defending champions South Africa by one goal on day 1.
The South Africans have hit form in the past two games beating the United States 25-10 in their round 3 game.
United Kingdom has played cup finals polocrosse in the past and made sure of a spot this year with a 20-11 victory against Ireland on Sunday.
Semi finals will be played on Friday, play offs for the bottom four places will be on Saturday and then the grand final and play off for third will be on Sunday.