MASSAGE MAN: Australian trainer Peter Wornes at Morgan Park in the run up to the Adina Polocrosse World Cup.
MASSAGE MAN: Australian trainer Peter Wornes at Morgan Park in the run up to the Adina Polocrosse World Cup. Gerard Walsh

Masseur lining up for second World Cup in polocrosse

POLOCROSSE: Peter Wornes may have worked with some of the world's best cricketers but for the next two weeks, his massages will be keenly sought by members of the Australian World Cup polocrosse team.

With South Africa and Australia each winning two world cups, this year's event promises to be the closest so far.

A long-time resident of Holbrook in southern New South Wales, Wornes is a close friend of the Grills family and has been involved with the Albury/Holbrook club since siblings and World Cup players, Lucy and Jimmy, started in the sport.

"I am interested in muscles and massage the players,” he said.

Wornes is also the team trainer.

"I like the people and the sport of polocrosse,” he said.

Wornes has also trained the Holbrook Brookers AFL team.

He has worked with an Australian masters cricket team, which included many of the big names in the sport, including retired Victorian paceman Merv Hughes and New South Wales all rounder Greg Matthews.

Profile: Peter Wornes

Age: 60-plus.

Work: I was hardware manager and then store manager for IGA at Holbrook where I worked for 38 years. Now retired.

Home: Holbrook.

Other interests: AFL, cricket.

Playing years: 25 years as a player but retired in the 1980s.

Club: Albury/Holbrook.

Time as a trainer: My first official role was for New South Wales at the Albury nationals in 2006. I was trainer for the Australian team at the World Cup in South Africa in 2015 but this will be my first home World Cup.

Career high: Doing massages for an Australian masters cricket team which included greats Merv Hughes, Jason Gillespie, Jimmy Maher, Terry Alderman, Andy Bichel and Greg Matthews.

Sporting hero: Cricketer Merv Hughes is the funniest and I liked watching Bradley Clyde for the Canberra Raiders.

Australia's draw

Monday, April 22, 10.30am: Australia v Zimbabwe after the opening ceremony.

Tuesday, April 23, 1.30pm: Australia v United States.

Thursday, April 25, 7.30pm: Australia v Zambia.

Past World Cup winners South Africa and past World Cup finalists United Kingdom will play in the 6pm game on April 25, making an outstanding night of polocrosse at Morgan Park.

April 26-28: World Cup finals. Grand final at 2pm then closing ceremony

Tickets for the World Cup are on sale from Crossdraw Western Emporium, near Coopers Menswear in Palmerin St, online at polocrosse or at the gate.