Cunningham player to Africa for the cup
IT is official; the Cunningham Polocrosse Club will have a player in the 2015 Polocrosse World Cup in South Africa.
Australian team member Lauren Cant was part of the Western Australian side which won the women's competition at the nationals in Darwin in July and then travelled to Queensland with fiancé Chris Sillitoe to finish the season with the Cunningham club.
She was one of seven women in an Australian team which beat New Zealand 4-0 in Tests at Moonyoonooka and Perth in October.
Cant was the best player in the first and fourth Tests and was selected as best No.1 in the four-Test series.
Cant said she would always be the girl from Western Australia but hoped to be referred to as a Western Australian/Queensland player when the team went to South Africa.
"Chris and I have decided to stay in Queensland for a few years, his family is here," she said.
He travelled to Western Australian in 2011 for six weeks and stayed for three years and they are now sharing a Queensland experience.
A boilermaker, Sillitoe worked for the Geraldton Port Authority in Western Australia and is now working in Toowoomba. Cant is in property management in Toowoomba and the pair plan to play the 2015 season with the Cunningham club.
On April 18-20, Cant will play with her World Cup team-mates at the Shell Cup competition in Warwick as part of their preparation for the trip to South Africa.
In her first two months in Queensland, Cant was part of a winning Cunningham mixed team at the state championships playing in a section with the Waugh sisters, Ryle and Ella.
"I hope to play No.1 in the World Cup but played No.2 in the state championships," she said.
The cup team is seeking sponsorship for next year.