BREAKING: National polocrosse squad announced, local places
WARWICK'S own Ryle Waugh is being showered with kisses and praise after securing her place as one of the nation's top 10 polocrosse competitors this morning.
Waugh was thrilled to score a spot in the Australian polocrosse squad, announced at the opening breakfast for the Barastoc Interstate Series at Morgan Park today.
Waugh said it was "surreal" to be surrounded by Australia's leading polocrosse champions.
"It's absolutely unreal - it is just the next level," she said.
This is the first time 22-year-old Waugh has broken into the World Cup ranks.
"Ultimately, you just hope that you keep progressing and staying up there, keeping up with the girls that are coming up and staying on top of your game," Waugh said.
The squad will be heading to Zambia in July to play a test ahead of the World Cup, which will be held at Morgan Park one year from now.
Australian World Cup squad head coach Arch Anderson said he was confident the squad could take out a win in 12 month's time.
The full squad includes:
From Queensland Lauren Sillitoe Beth Hafey Ryle Waugh From New South Wales Lucy Grills Abbott Grills Jim Grills Lance Anderson Will Weston From Western Australia Suzette Thomas Billy Joe (BJ) Thomas
"They have the a big chance of winning the World Cup. I think they will win it, that is the plan."
Anderson said he would be looking for players capable of playing different horses and handling the pressure to make the final World Cup team of eight.
President of the Polocrosse Association of Australian, Michael Rynne, said he was pleased with the selection.
"When you get to that elite level, the question of selection come down to a matters of fraction."
"Like all Australian sports people this team is tough and they are athletes.
"Anyone can ride a horse but to play polocrosse the rider needs to be an athlete as well as the horse."
The squad will compete against one another in their state teams at the Barastoc Interstate Series this weekend.