Aussies out of Polocrosse World Cup
AUSTRALIA has missed out on the chance to win a third successive Polocrosse World Cup after going down 25-11 to South Africa in the semi final overnight Friday (AEST) at Rugby in England.
Going into the third world cup, Australia had a record of 10 wins and no losses under coach Ross Shepherd.
In the second round of pool games, Australia lost 21-12 to Zimbabwe but qualified for the semis with runaway wins against Zambia and New Zealand.
Warwick Polocrosse Club president Les Fraser said the Australians were simply beaten by a better team on the day.
"South Africa was just too quick to the ball," he said.
Graham Maclarty (no 1 position) and Jan Albert Steenkamp (no 3) were the stars for South Africa.
Gavin Cocker (no 2) is in his third world cup and also played well for a men's section which dominated against the Australians.
Zimbabwe beat United States 24-10 in the other semi final.
Australia meets United States in the play off for third and Zimbabwe and South Africa will play for first. Both games are on Sunday in England.
On Saturday, Ireland and Zambia play off for seventh and New Zealand play hosts United Kingdom in the battle for fifth.