READY FOR TEST: Beth Hafey will play in the world cup team's first game in Victoria.
READY FOR TEST: Beth Hafey will play in the world cup team's first game in Victoria. Justine Rowe

Tansey players set for first world cup team game

TANSEY'S Beth Hafey will line up for the Australian polocrosse world cup team for the first time this week.

Hafey and Tansey club team mate Lauren Sillitoe will compete in Ballarat ahead of the world cup in Warwick on April 22-28.

Australian team coach Arch Anderson said it will be exciting to see the team perform together for the first time.

"Many of the players have played together in previous representative matches, however this will be their first opportunity to play as the team that will represent Australia in the world cup,” Arch said.

"We have a great relationship with the New Zealand team, and we will be heading over there in March to have another round of competitive games on their home soil. Having another world class team to practise with is an important part of our preparation.”

Victorian Polocrosse Association president Mick Templeton said the free event provided an opportunity for spectators to witness some of the best polocrosse being played in Australia.

"The world cup team is Australia's elite, and we are thrilled to host the team's training matches as part of our annual tournament,” he said.

"It is a real drawcard for the event, and very inspiring and motivating for local players to be able to see what can be achieved in our sport.

"Playing for Australia in the world cup is every young polocrosse player's dream, and these games give them chance to dream big and meet some of the best players in the country.”

The world cup is the biggest international event on the polocrosse calendar and will be the largest international sporting event ever to be held in rural Australia.

It will attract 60,000 spectators, over 2000 international visitors, and 300 players from eight countries, all battling it out for the sport's top honour.