Retirement on hold for lacrosse

Alex Brown, Warren Brown, Thomas Graham and Matt Diver.
Alex Brown, Warren Brown, Thomas Graham and Matt Diver.

He will join Wembley Lacrosse Club’s Matt Diver, his teammate Alex Brown and Thomas Graham, of Bayswater, to take part in the pinnacle of the sport. The other WA squad member, Callum Robinson, is already playing college lacrosse in the United States.

The Australians will step out in top-seeded Blue Division at the titles, competing against Canada, Iroquois, England, Japan and 2010 World Champions the United States over six days from July 10 to 15. The other eight divisions all have four teams and are not grouped by world ranking.

The top four teams in the Blue Division will advance to the quarter-final round. The top two seeds will receive a bye into the semi-finals.

The top team in each of the eight divisions after pool play will have the opportunity to advance to the quarter-finals.

The Australian team will play warm up games in Los Angeles and compete in the Vail Lacrosse Shootout in Colorado before arriving in Denver for the championships.

‘Australia has finished third in the past three or four championships but it will be tough,’ Diver (24) said.

He was selected for the under-19 Australian team in 2008 that finished fifth at the world titles. This is his first senior representation.

A record 38 nations will participate in this year’s championship, beginning with a rematch of the last world championship game between the US and Canada. The US beat Canada 12-10 in the 2010 championship in Manchester, England.