Knox hopes Reds can follow the success of Aussie Stingers
THE Australian women's water polo team, the Aussie Stingers, is unbeaten this year, winning all seven games.
And how dual Olympic bronze medallist Bronwen Knox would love to see her beloved Queensland Reds start performing as well as the Stingers with the Super Rugby playoffs on the horizon.
The Reds slumped to two consecutive defeats in South Africa and need to beat the in-form Melbourne Rebels in Brisbane tonight to ensure they stay in the top five.
Knox would love to be at Suncorp Stadium cheering them on, something she's done plenty of in the past, but she can't be - she'll be in China trying keep the Stingers impressive start to the year intact.
The rugby-loving 27-year-old, who has won 248 Test caps including the Beijing and London Olympics, will be in action in the FINA World League Finals in Beijing.
The Aussies finished second in the event 12 months ago, losing 6-4 to the United States.
Knox, who has captained her country on numerous occasions as part of a rotation system, and also plays for the Queensland Breakers in the Australian National Water Polo League, scored one of the goals in the final.
While she is focused on getting to Stingers off to a flying start in China, you can be sure she will be itching to find out how the Reds go.
"They (the Reds) have taken a bit of a hit of late, and that's a worry at this time of the season," she said.
"Hopefully, they will get it together against the Rebels and get back to winning ways before it gets too late."
While she thinks the world of rugby, Knox, who can play at either centre forward or centre back, admitted there was never a chance of her playing it.
"The physical one-on-one nature of water polo is tough enough to cope with," she said with a laugh.
"It's hard going when you have a player weighing up to 80kg holding you down.
"Besides, land-based sporting activity was never my strong suit.
"I thrived in the water as a swimmer in my youth - I was happy to call the pool home."
While she was a talented swimmer, how is it Knox ended up playing water polo?
"I was 14 when a friend at school asked me to fill in one day because her club was short - I have never looked back."