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Carson still at top of her game in fourth World Cup triumph

BEING named in the world top eight side proved Dulane Carson had lost none of her indoor cricket prowess.

However, the modest Karalee-based wicketkeeper had to overcome a knee setback just to represent her country again.

Cartilage damage in her reconstructed right knee forced Carson out of the recent Ipswich hockey final series.

The Swifts A-grade stalwart needed extra rest to ensure she could return to the Australian open indoor cricket side for the first time in a decade.

However, her trademark determination was rewarded with Carson sharing in a fourth World Cup triumph for Australia.

Her latest success was in Wellington where the Aussie women beat the home team 131-61 in Saturday's final.

Carson was a key part of the unbeaten Aussie side which also conquered South Africa during the tournament.

"It was a lot faster, maybe because I'm a bit older,'' Carson, 32, said with a laugh.

However, she performed consistently enough to make the top eight honorary side.

"I was very surprised,'' said Carson, who is popularly known as "Dools''.

"It was great, always good to be a winner.''

Carson's previous World Cup success was representing the Australian over 30's team against South Africa last year.

That came after being part of victorious Aussie open teams in 2000 (South Africa) and 2004 (Sri Lanka).

Carson shared her latest success with former Ipswich teammate Donna Dalby, who coached the Aussie women in New Zealand.

Carson is pictured (left) with Biony Polkinghorne. The pair batted together in Australia's final win.

Carson said she'd wait and see on her indoor cricket representative and hockey future after enjoying an off-season break.

However, given her warrior instincts, Carson is sure to find another team to help achieve success.



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