Aussies push to win back World Cup still on track
POLOCROSSE: Australia and Zambia have both qualified for the semi-finals at the Adina Polocrosse World Cup at IOR Morgan Park.
While Australia had an easy win against the United States in the third game of the day, Zambia came from 7-0 behind in the first chukka to beat Zimbabwe 21-19.
Zambia captain Damien Harris said after his team's women trailed 7-0 after one chukka, he was happy when the men brought the score back to a two- or three-goal margin in the second chukka.
"I knew if we could claw the margin back in the men's first chukka, we could come home to win,” he said.
"We knew the girls would find their feet and just had to dig deep and focus on the job at hand.”
It was in the last two chukkas when Zambia clawed back and it was 17-all and 18-all before Zambia went ahead 20-18.
Each team scored a late goal and Zambia had won by two goals.
After the game, Harris praised Zimbabwe for their play and said "it was tough against our good friends from Zimbabwe”.
Australia started swiftly against the United States in the third game of the day and led 10-3. In the end, the United States fought hard to go down 29-14.
Lauren Sillitoe and Jim Grills again started in the goal shooting (No.1) positions and were on target from the start of the game.
The United Kingdom won the early game with Jaylyn Downs Joy, lent by Australian player Beth Hafey, the best women's horse for a second successive day.
In the late game, New Zealand scored a shock 16-14 win against defending champions South Africa.
Awards are being presented for the first time this year after each game in the World Cup.
United Kingdom 20 d Ireland 14: Best male player - Jason Webb (UK), best female player - Charlotte Pykett (UK), best men's horse - Django, best women's horse -Jaylyn Downs Joy.
Zambia 21 d Zimbabwe 19: Best male player - Damien Harris (Zambia), best female player - Sophie Sargeant (Zimbabwe), best men's horse - Berragoon Ace, best women's horse - Piccaninny.
Australia 29 d United States 14: Best male player - Abbott Grills (Australia), best female player - Lauren Sillitoe (Australia), best men's horse - JH Stonemason, best women's horse - Leggetts Halo.
New Zealand 16 d South Africa 14: Best male player Beau Moore (New Zealand), best female player - Beth Peaker (New Zealand), best men's horse - Nungaburra Mavis, best women's horse - Jaylyn Downs Perth