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