Three Australian teams are putting together their final preparations for the WGU Championships which take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from the 21st to 23rd September.
Some players have already arrived in South America. Others travel this week
The challenge for the three teams, Canberra, Kew and Redcliffe is to better the previous record of two wins in the pool games. No Australian team has yet progressed into the knockout round. That’s the challenge for 2018!
The new selection process has allowed clubs to choose other players to make up their numbers. Canberra invited Southport’s Jim and Barbara Northcott to join them to fill gaps they identified in their playing line up. The 6 Canberra players have been training hard by attending CNSW events and asking Jamberoo to join them for some games. Canberra did not want to miss the opportunity to promote the game. This press release hit the Canberra media
Kew’s Victorian core of Philip Brown, Gilon Smith and Elaine Coverdale have taken time off work to attend the event. They selected Toowoomba’s Sandra and Paul Reynolds and Lithgow’s John Park to complete their team. Kew held their final practice last Sunday. John Park has been practising in his back yard and on the Lithgow lawn. Paul and Sandra did a great job of getting some media coverage in their home town. As well as on their club lawn, Paul and Sandra tried their luck on a clay tennis court near Ipswich recently where they joined Redcliffe players who make up the Australian contingent.
As well as a joint practice session at Ipswich, Redcliffe have had their regular Saturday sessions at Bramble Bay and have met at Deception Bay on Mondays. The team of Nikki, Paul, Ros, Jennifer and Geoff are this years only team based on a single club.
The ACA has provided uniforms and $250 per player towards the cost of travel. The 9 Queensland players have been supported with another $250 from their state. Thanks are due for this fantastic support