Day 5 Games Polocrosse World Cup Warwick, Saturday 28 April 2007
United Kingdom 24 : New Zealand 18
UK: 24 (Shelley King 9 goals, Jason Burbidge 15) defeated NZ 18 : Casey Mullany 6, Sue Gower 2, Dean Gower 8, Tony Schraft 2
Australia 24 : South Africa 19
Aus 24 (Kylie Dowling 11, Aaron Clarke 8, Troy Henry 5) defeated SA 19 (Dawnay Jacobs 3, Kelly Redford 5, Charl du Plessis 11)
USA 14 : Canada 11
USA 14 (Catherine Pickens 5, Erin Smoyer 3, Rob Shuttles 6) bt Canada 11 Pam Bergen 5, Kris Miller 6)
Australia will play the United Kingdom for the 2007 World Polocrosse Cup tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, but the host nation was fortunate to make the final after a close-fought game against South Africa in their semi-final. Australia led South Africa 10 goals to 4 after chukka 3, but the visitors fought back to make it make it 17-16 by the end of chukka 6. Chukka 7 went goal for goal until Australia dominated the eighth and ended up ahead 24 goals to 19.
The 24:19 final score belying Australia having to dig deep to win the final chukka and securing its place in the Cup Final tomorrow.
Earlier the United Kingdom booked a spot in tomorrow's final against Australia with a surprise 24-18 win over the more-fancied New Zealand. The final will cap a momentous week for United Kingdom polocrosse, because it has been confirmed they will host the next World Cup in 2001.
UK fought New Zealand - the Kiwis until today were ranked second in the world.
Damp conditions failed to effect crowd numbers or enthusiasm with the forecast for a clearer day for the all important final at Morgan Park, Warwick on Queensland's southern downs.
See the match summaries at www.polocrosse.com.au/worldcup/results_27.htm.