SELECTED: Ryle Waugh (in red at left) is one of nine Southern Downs players in national polocrosse squads.
SELECTED: Ryle Waugh (in red at left) is one of nine Southern Downs players in national polocrosse squads. Gerard Walsh

Siblings follow parents to national squad selection in polocrosse

POLOCROSSE: The McGrath sisters, Jordan and Keely, from the Warwick club are in national polocrosse squads selected this week.

The siblings are the daughters of Paul and Sally McGrath who have both played for Australia so are second-generation Australian squad members.

They are joined in open, intermediate and junior national squads by Callum Brook, Braydon Beck, Bree Thornton, Tori Sheriff (Warwick) as well as Cunningham trio Zac O’Leary, Ryle Waugh and Lauren Sillitoe.

Callum Brook is a second generation Australian squad member as his father Charlie played Test polocrosse.

Ryle Waugh has played for Australia at under-21 level so is already a second-generation national player. Her father Allan played for Australia in Tests in Australia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

She will again play for Australia at U21 level on a tour to South Africa in July.

Three of the Hafey siblings from Tansey, Laura, Beth and Emma, are in national squads.

Other Queenslanders in the squads are William Taylor, Tom Sutton, Byron Davison, James Lee, Amy Moloney and Sydnee Johnson.

There are five Queenslanders in the open men’s Australian squad, Grant Carroll, Trent Collins, Beau Moore, Tom O’Neill and Andrew Phillips. Former Tansey player Matt Davison who now lives in southern New South Wales is also in the men’s squad.

While it is just under three years to the 2019 World Cup in Warwick, the players selected this week are the ones with the inside running looking forward to 2019. Each of the six squads comprises between 12 and 15 players.

Collins and Sillitoe were the two Queenslanders in last year’s World Cup and have retained their places in the national squads.



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