Australia

Founding nation of the sport of polocrosse and of the World Cup championships, inaugural champions and this year's hosts, the Australians have twice won the Polocrosse World Cup. Having lost in the final of the past two World Cups, the Australians are keen to reclaim the championship on home turf at the Adina Polocrosse World Cup 2019.


The Australian Polocrosse Squad has been announced!

The Polocrosse Association of Australia has announced the country’s ten most elite players who will make up the Australian Polocrosse Squad, all of whom will vie for one of eight spots on the Adina Polocrosse World Cup 2019 team, the Aussieroos. 

The Australian Polocrosse Squad will represent Australia over the next 6-8 months, with their sights set on selection for the World Cup team.

Australian Polocrosse Squad.jpg

Front row, left to right: Lauren Sillitoe, Suzette Thomas, Ryle Waugh, Beth Hafey, Lucy Grills, Toni Davidge (Assistant Manager)
Back row, left to right: Arch Anderson (Head Coach), Lance Anderson, Jim Grills, Abbott Grills, BJ Thomas
Not in photo: Will Weston, Cameron Shepherd (Assistant Coach), Pip Crook (Manager)  

 

Making up the squad are:

Lauren Sillitoe (Tansey Polocrosse Club) – originally hailing from WA, Lauren was a member of the 2015 World Cup team and has been a representative player of many years.

Beth Hafey (Tansey Polocrosse Club) – this will be Beth’s first chance at Open representative polocrosse.

Ryle Waugh (Cunningham Polocrosse Club) – an outstanding junior and U21 player, this is the first time Ryle has broken into the World Cup ranks

Lucy Grills (Albury/Holbrook Polocrosse Club) – has represented Australia in Junior, U21 and Open Australian sides over many years. Lucy was also a member of the 2015 World Cup team.

Jim Grills (Albury/Holbrook Polocrosse Club) – has been an Australian representative since the Junior ranks and is the brother of Lucy Grills.

Abbott Grills (Albury/Holbrook Polocrosse Club) – the cousin of Lucy and Jim, Abbott represented Australia at the 2015 World Cup.

Lance Anderson (Cassilis Polocrosse Club) – represented Australia at the 2011 World Cup and has been an Open representative player for many years.

Will Weston (Jugiong Polocrosse Club) – was a member of the 2011 and 2015 World Cup team and has been an Open representative player for many years.

Suzette Thomas (South Midlands Polocrosse Club) – was a member of Australia’s last World Cup winning team in 2007 and is a mainstay of Australian teams.

Billy Joe (BJ) Thomas (South Midlands Polocrosse Club) – represented Australia at the 2017 South Africa test. This will be his first exposure to World Cup ranks. Keeping it in the family, BJ is Suzette's brother-in-law (Suzette is married to BJ's brother).


President of the Polocrosse Association of Australian, Michael Rynne, said that the ten-person squad represents some of the most skillful, physically fit and coordinated athletes in the country.

“Polocrosse requires the toughness of rugby, the strategy of netball and the ball skills of lacrosse, all while riding and manouvering a 550kg powerful horse, which is an athlete unto itself!” Michael said.

“These ten people have been selected from a pool of over 100 players from all over Australia. They are at the height of their game. The Australian selectors have been monitoring player performance for around a year in order to select the most elite to represent the country on an international level.”

“From these ten players, eight will be selected to play in Zambia, Africa in July and the final World Cup team selection will take place after the national polocrosse championships in Perth in October.”

“We are all very excited to see what these players can do and how they will perform on the national and international stage over the coming months,” he said.


Role Coach

Country Australia

Club Cassilis

Occupation Occupation Horse Float Builder

Number of years played 38 years

Country Australia

Club Cassilis

Occupation Horse Chiropractor

Number of years played 29 years

Past representation 7 times at Nationals

Country Australia

Country Australia

Club Albury Holbrook

Occupation Farm Manager

Number of years played 22 years

Past representation 2015 World Cup, Nationals

Country Australia

Club Albury Holbrook

Occupation Personal Trainer/Footballer/Farmer

Number of years played 17 years

Past representation 5 Nationals, 5 Internationals

Country Australia

Club Albury Holbrook

Occupation Graphic and Web Designer/Farmer

Number of years played 18 years

Country Australia

Club Tansey

Occupation Student

Number of years played 10 years

Past representation U21 Australia v South Africa Test 2017. Australia v Zambia Test 2018

role Assistant Coach

Country Australia

Club Warwick

Occupation Butcher

Number of years played 32 years

Past representation 2011 World Cup, 2009 Quads

Country Australia

Club South Midlands

Occupation Owner/Operator of Swim School

Number of years played 28 years

Past representation World Cup 2007, UK Tour 2008, Quads 2009, Nationals 2014, South Africa Test 2017

Country Australia

Club Cunningham

Occupation Beautician

Number of years played 13 years

Country Australia

Club Jugiong

Occupation Farmer

Number of years played 25 years

Past representation Nationals