World Cup squad chosen
WARWICK player Cameron Shepherd is the only Queenslander in the Australian polocrosse squad to train for the 2011 World Cup in the United Kingdom.
Shepherd played for Australia in a Quadrangular Series in Bowral last year and was last week selected in an Australian World Cup squad for a second time.
He was in the squad but not the final team for the 2007 World Cup in Warwick.
National coach Ross Shepherd said while some of the players from the first two cups did not nominate, others missed selection on the basis of outstanding form by younger players.
“The fact Cameron performed well in the Quadrangular Series last year enhances his chances of making the final eight,” Ross said.
All eight players from the 2009 Quadrangular Series team are in the squad but only two squad members, Tanya Hollow and Suzette Lyster, have World Cup experience.
The squad includes two sets of brothers from New South Wales, the Weston brothers, Will and Todd, who play for the Jugiong club near Canberra, and the Anderson brothers, Christopher and Lance, from Cassilis club in the Hunter Valley.
Sisters Suzette Thomas and Liz Lyster, of Western Australia, are in the 16.
Ross said the national squad would be split into two teams of eight to play in New South Wales club carnivals at Bungendore in the Southern Highlands and Young in the Western districts zone within the next six weeks.
“Performances in the two carnivals on borrowed horses will have a lot to do with final selections,” Ross said.
The cup team of eight and four reserves will be named after the Young carnival. The World Cup is on July 4-14, 2011.