Australia have announced their team for the Quadrangular tournament taking place at Bong Bong Race course, Boural, New South Wales and in doing so have pitted former team mates and relatives against each other.
The Australian team includes brothers Will and Todd Weston, who are, respectively, the brother in law and former team mate of UK player Jason Webb. Jason was born in Australia but after many years living in the UK he has finally received his first call up to the National squad, ironically for a Quadrangular Tournament back in the country of his birth. His sister, Sandra, is married to Will Weston and both represented Australia when Australia beat the UK in a series of four test matches in the summer of 2008.
This time Sandra is not in the Australian squad but Will brother’s Todd, who played alongside Jason at Kent Target Polocrosse Club in 2007 when they won the A grade at the UKPA National Championships, is. The other two men for Australia are Rob Sibley (who again played against the UK in summer 2008) and Chris Anderson. The ladies side are Suzette Thomas (Captain), Jodie Tiver, Alison Mathie and Jess Jolly. Both Suzette and Jodie represented Australia in the UK test matches in 2008 as well.
The UK, who are presently ranked second in the world, would seem to have a massive task on their hands if they are to defeat Australia, who beat them convincingly in the summer, with Will Weston (who is vice captain for the quadrangular tournament) in particular doing a great deal of damage to the UK.
The UK squad has not changed majorly since then, with the only two differences being Jason Webb coming in for Hamish Michael and Beth Peaker coming in for Lucy Shell. However, they will have learnt from their defeats and will go to Australia wiser and better for it. Captain Guy Robertson said after the summer tests that it was only by playing against the very best could they improve their game and catch up with the Australians, who are constantly playing at a very high level due to standard of their domestic game.
The Australian reserves are Mandy Smith, Leith Pryor, Skye Bradford, Ben Thomas, Chris Robinson and Cameron Shepherd. The other teams taking part in the Quadrangular tournament are South Africa and New Zealand, who are presently ranked third and fourth in the world.