READY: Jim Grills will be one player to watch at number one in Thursday night's crucial round three game with Zambia.
READY: Jim Grills will be one player to watch at number one in Thursday night's crucial round three game with Zambia. Gerard Walsh

Australian player passed fit after training mishap

POLOCROSSE: Australian coach Arch Anderson has eight fit players for the crucial round three game against Zambia in the Adina Polocrosse World Cup on Thursday night at Morgan Park.

After a minor spill in a training session on Wednesday, Beth Hafey has been passed fit to play on Thursday night.

"She had an X-ray on her ankle but there is no break,” he said.

Australia and Zambia each have two wins in the cup and have secured semi-final spots.

Thursday's game at 7.30pm will be for top billing in the pool and a confidence booster going into Saturday's semi final between the top-four teams.

"If we don't need to change the players from those that start the game, we won't,” Anderson said.

"After the first two chukkas we will do what is needed for the team.”

The coach isn't keen to nominate the best players in his team.

"We are not carrying anyone, everyone is at 100 per cent and playing well,” he said.

While acknowledging Zambian couple Mike and Kelly Krynauw were two to watch, he said the plan of the Australians was to watch the whole opposition team rather than one player.

The Krynauws mainly play number one for the Zambians.

There have been two major shocks in the World Cup so far.

Fifth-ranked New Zealand beat cup holders South Africa 16-14 in the late game on Tuesday and and then yesterday eighth-ranked Ireland beat New Zealand 18-17 in what was an even bigger shock.

There was nearly a third result against the rankings with second-ranked Zambia down 7-0 against Zimbabwe before winning 21-19.

Anderson is upbeat about how important the two series against New Zealand in the past two months had been to his team.

"Both Australia and New Zealand recognised we both needed to improve,” he said.

South Africa will play United Kingdom at 6pm Thursday.