Australian Indoor Cricketers to chase World Cup success
September 13, 2017
Australia will set out to defend its status as reigning Indoor Cricket world champions across all four divisions at the 2017 World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF) World Cup, which begins in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.
Four teams – Open Men, Open Women, 21 & Under Men and 21 & Under Women – will represent Australia at the World Cup.
All four teams were victorious at the most recent edition of the tournament in New Zealand in 2014, and have yet to be defeated in a World Cup Final.
Australia’s Open Men’s and Open Women’s teams will compete for the 10th and ninth title respectively, while the two 21 & Under are each chasing glory for the sixth consecutive occasion.
Cricket Australia has partnered with the Emirates Cricket Board to host the event at Dubai’s Insports Club, with approximately 400 players and officials from nine nations to compete.
Australia’s Open Men’s team will be guided by six-time World Cup winning coach Ross Gregory, and feature four members of the Floros family – players Matthew, Tim and Benji, plus team manager Billy.
“Everyone’s very excited about it. No one has been to Dubai before to play, so that’s added to the excitement. They’re all keen to get into some serious training and to get the games underway,” Gregory said.
“We believe we’ve picked a team that’s good enough to win this World Cup, but it really depends on how they go. We’ve got a couple of first-timers and a lot of old hands there as well, so we’ve got a good blend. We’re fairly confident the players will do well.
“We have won it every time, but it’s never been easy. The other countries are not knocking on the door - they’re at level-pegging with us. It’s just up to who can produce that extra five per cent during finals time and play that little bit better. Fortunately for us, we’ve usually been the team that can produce that.”
Australia Open Women’s team will be led by three-time World Cup winning coach Donna Dalby, with experienced skipper Jude Coleman – now into her 12th year as captain – taking the reins on the court.
“It’s always great to be at a World Cup, it’s quite special,” Dalby said.
“I think the really important thing is what we want to achieve - to do our best every time we go out and play. It is about the process, and it’s dangerous to get focused on what the outcome looks like.
“We've got to focus on doing the right thing every day at training and then when we get to play the games we know what our jobs are. We’ve got to individually do incredibly well to win as a team, but we also need to play as a team.”
Queensland sisters Meagan and Samantha Dixon will represent Australia’s Open Women’s and 21 & Under Women’s teams respectively, while a fifth member of the Floros family – Alexander – will play in the 21 & Under Men’s team.
Open Men’s: Vinesh Bennett, Benji Floros, Matthew Floros, Tim Floros, Luke Ryan (ACT); Rhys Dearness, Rob Fitzgerald, Jay Otto, Lyle Teske (QLD); Travis Baker, Justin Perkins (VIC); Chris Chellew (WA). Coach: Ross Gregory. Assistant Coach: Rob Boiston. Manager: Billy Floros.
Open Women’s: Dulane Carson, Jude Coleman, Ashleigh Doble, Meagan Dixon, Krystal Oppermann (QLD); Neisha Iles, Stacey Oates, Kylie Rattray (SA); Nicole Martin, Danielle Montague, Briony Polkinghorne, Laura Shaw (VIC). Coach: Donna Dalby. Manager: Maleah Harris. Specialist Coaches: Wendy Kemp & Tahnee Norris.
21 & Under Men’s: Alexander Floros, Tyler Hays (ACT); Hamish Chapman, Jeremy Crighton, Ryan Dowse, Adrian Lascu, Blaine Schloss, Matt Schubert (QLD); Jamie Diener, Zachary Schwarz (SA); Joshua Fontana, Blair Oakley (WA). Coach: Brenton Brien. Assistant Coach: Tony Panecasio. Manager: Grant MacQuarrie.
21 & Under Women’s: Samantha Arnold, Amy Riddell (NSW); Zeldine Barnard, Samantha Dixon, Courtney Hewitt, Emily Vallance, Alexandra Weeks (Queensland); Ainslee Knight (SA); Adelaide Campion, Amy Jennings, Chloe Rafferty, Maddie Wright (VIC). Coach: Cindy Kross. Manager: Melissa Horn. Specialist Coaches: Wendy Kemp & Tahnee Norris.