Monto to field team at an­nual car­ni­val

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tessa Map­stone Tessa.Map­stone@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

FOR the first time in about 13 years, Monto will field a team at the an­nual polocrosse car­ni­val, and it will be the play­ers’ first time on their home turf.

The newly re-formed club fielded teams at Al­bury and War­wick in the past month but they had not even been to Monto yet.

Monto Polocrosse Club pres­i­dent and for­mer player Robert Ogle said it would be good to see a Monto team at the car­ni­val that had been run­ning for decades.

“Play­ers are com­ing from Tansey, Wan­doan and all over to play in a team for us,” Ogle said.

“Hope­fully in the com­ing years we will be able to field a team of lo­cal play­ers as well.

“We used to field three teams plus ju­niors and we were strong but we all got too old.”

Monto player Tom Bartlem, of Rock­hamp­ton, said the club would field two open teams at the car­ni­val at the week­end and de­spite be­ing newly formed he was op­ti­mistic about their per­for­mance.

“We’ve al­ready played two car­ni­vals for the club and haven’t done too bad. We’ve had prob­a­bly a 60-40 win and lose,” he said.

“Th­ese young ones up there, they’re very tal­ented, all of the kids have good horse skills and good ball skills.

“I think you’ll see next year we’ll have a pretty dy­na­mite team.”

Bartlem said if strong teams from Wan­doan, Tansey and Brooweena turned up for the car­ni­val, the com­pe­ti­tion would be stiff but that did not darken his hopes for Monto’s sea­son.

“Hope­fully by the end of this year we can have one of the best teams in the zone,” he said.

“If we can play well enough and get horsed well enough we could come close to win­ning A-grade games in zone.

“We’ll see if we can get the blue shirts a few A-grade tro­phies and next year we’ll aim to get into the top four of the State Ti­tles.

“It’s prob­a­bly a bit of an am­bi­tious ex­er­cise but if you don’t aim for that you’ll never get there.”

Bartlem said word at War­wick at the week­end was the Monto car­ni­val could be much big­ger than ex­pected.

“If ev­ery­one comes that said they were go­ing to come we could have 25 of 30 teams there,” he said.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

WIN­NER: John Bowl­ing from Wan­doan was awarded best and fairest af­ter the fi­nal at the Monto car­ni­val last year.

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