Queensland club duo eyes off World Cup
POLOCROSSE: Australian player Lauren Sillitoe hopes the club combination with Beth Hafey will be a plus when the Adina Polocrosse World Cup starts on Monday.
Lauren is No.1 (goal scorer) for Tansey most weekends during the season and Hafey is No.3 in the same section.
After going down in the semi final to South Africa four years ago in the World Cup in South Africa, Lauren can't wait for the chance to play the Africans again.
"I want to get up on South Africa, it doesn't matter if it is a semi or the grand final,” she said.
She first played for Australia in a home series win against New Zealand in Western Australia in 2014.
Three of the players in the 2014 team, Lauren Sillitoe, Suzette Thomas and Lucy Grills, were part of the winning Australian team and will line up again in this World Cup.
The first game for the Australians is against Zimbabwe on Monday morning and Sillitoe will not be taking the Zims cheaply.
"We played Zimbabwe in the 2015 cup and only sealed the deal against them in the final two chukkas,” she said.
She puts a lot of the credit for her selection at the feet of husband Chris.
"He makes sure I keep working hard and not slacken off,” Lauren said.
Both were winners at the nationals in 2018 in Perth, Lauren with the first Queensland women's team to win the nationals and Chris in the winning open mixed team.
Four years ago, Lauren moved to Queensland but many family members from the Geraldton area in Western Australia will be cheering her on when the cup starts on Monday.
Each team is allocated 90 minutes a day on training fields at Morgan Park to prepare for the cup opening on Monday.