Australia unbeaten in Polocrosse World Cup
AUSTRALIA and Zambia are the only teams with two wins after the first two days of play in the Polocrosse World Cup in Shongweni, South Africa.
On day 2, the Australian team won 30-13 against Ireland and has the best for-and-against in the tournament so far, 52 goals for and 24 against.
After a shock 17-16 win against South Africa on day 1, Zambia beat United States 22-16 on day 2.
South Africa hit form with a 26-6 win against New Zealand.
United Kingdom beat Zimbabwe 17-11.
Australia plays Zimbabwe late today (Sunday, AEST) and a win will secure top billing in its pool.
On form, Zambia should beat New Zealand to secure top spot in the other pool.
If that happens, there is a real possibility Australia as top in its pool and South Africa as the likely second-placed team in the other pool could meet on Friday in a semi-final, a game some would have tipped as the likely grand final today week, July 12.
The Australian team has players from Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
The Queensland players are Trent Collins (Tansey club) and Lauren Cant (Cunningham). Cant moved from her home state Western Australia to Queensland after last year's nationals.
New South Wales representatives in the team are vice-captain Abbott Grills, his cousins Lucy and Jim Grills and Will Weston.
Western Australian-based players are captain Jane Cooper who has never lost a Test in almost 30 games for Australia in more than a decade, and Lizzie Lyster.
Coach is Troy Henry from Holbrook in New South Wales, his assistant Kent Wells from Warwick in Queensland and Carolyn Garland from Coffs Harbour (NSW) is manager.
After day 3 on Sunday at Shongweni, the players will have four days off before the final three days of the World Cup on July 10-12.
Each country has been allocated a pool of horses for the two weekends of the tournament.
The first two cups were played at Morgan Park in Warwick when Australia was victorious, South Africa won in the United Kingdom in 2011 and this year the Aussies are aiming to win back the cup.
The 2019 World Cup will return to Morgan Park in Warwick after the Polocrosse Association of Australia won the hosting rights.
Cup Scores: Day 1
New Zealand d USA 17-15
Australia d United Kingdom 22-11
Zimbabwe d Ireland 21-9
Zambia d South Africa 17-16
Australia d Ireland 30-13
Zambia d United States 22-16
United Kingdom d Zimbabwe 17-11
South Africa d New Zealand 26-6