Sale polocrosse player Corey Buys will don the green and gold to represent Australia at the 2024 Polocrosse World Cup in South Africa.

Polocrosse Australia recently announced its team for the 2024 World Cup in South Africa, with 28-year-old Buys named part of the eight-member team.

The announcement of the eight-member team was made at the Chinchilla Polocrosse Carnival in early August as part of the countdown to the sport’s Nationals in the next year.

Polocrosse Australia President Mick Templeton said there was no better place to make the announcement, with Chinchilla Polocrosse Club set to host the Australian Polocrosse Nationals in 2024.

“You can’t finish what you don’t start, and grassroots club polocrosse is where the representative polocrosse journey begins,” Templeton said.

“And giving players the opportunity to be part of this announcement is inspiring, it’s encouraging, and it’s our way of giving back to club polocrosse.”

Buys is the only Victorian polocrosse player named as part of the World Cup team, joining the likes of Queensland’s Sam Allen, Lindsey Doolan, Beth Hafey, Matt Davison, Tom O’Neill, and New South Wales’ Lucy Grills and Jimmy Grills.

Having represented Australia in several international matches in recent years, including a three-match test series against the Men’s Rest of the World (ROW) teams hosted by Warwick Polocrosse Club in May this year, Buys’ selection for the 2024 World Cup team has been a long-awaited goal.

“I’ve sort of been part of the squad on and off for the past few years,” Buys said.

“I didn’t really know whether I would get named in this team, though; they only take four men and four women, so it’s pretty exciting.

“It’s something I’ve been working towards, and I just wasn’t sure if I would ever get there.”

Buys’ selection for the 2024 World Cup team has injected a wave of excitement among Sale Polocrosse Club, with the 28-year-old father of two hoping his achievement will inspire the younger generation of local polocrosse players.

“I think everyone is all pretty excited,” he said.

“I don’t think there’s been too many people play from Victoria, let alone locally.

“We’ve got a lot of young kids who play at the club, a lot who are playing really well, which is exciting, so hopefully it sets a good example for them and they strive to get there as well.”

Buys is now preparing for a busy 12 months, with nerves not yet present.

“I’m not nervous at the moment,” he said.

“I sort of know everyone I am going with. I’ve played with them before in other teams, so that helps, knowing everyone you’re going with, so feeling pretty comfortable as part of the team already, but I think I will get pretty nervous leading up to the World Cup.

“It is going to be a busy 12 months leading up to it. It’s a lot of effort to put in after work, riding horses, and I’ve got a young family now, so that makes it a bit more challenging.

“There’s a lot of travelling; it’s going to be a big year.”

Buys will also compete in the 2024 Australian National Championships in Chinchilla, Queensland, just four weeks after the Polocrosse World Cup in South Africa.

Australia is the reigning Polocrosse World Cup champion, becoming the first country to win the trophy three times after defeating South Africa at the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup in Warwick, Queensland.

Templeton is determined to defend Australia’s title.

“From this day forward, our campaign will be known as the no stone unturned campaign, as Polocrosse Australia leaves no stone unturned to not only defend our World Cup title but also to win our first on international soil,” Templeton said.