POLOCROSSE: Aussies take on New Zealand at Bony Mountain west of Warwick –
Big start to the 2017 season for local polocrosse clubs
QUEENSLAND’S 2017 polocrosse season kicked off with an action-packed two days of international level polocrosse over the weekend.
A mixed team from New Zealand took on Queensland in the long running Cooper’s Cup Competition.
Australia’s Men’s and Women’s team both had a hit out in preparation to take on South Africa at Warwick Polocrosse Club in the Carroll Truck Sales International Series from April 20-23.
Cunningham Polocrosse Club, based at Bony Mountain, hosted last weekend’s extravaganza of polocrosse with three events over the two days.
Queensland started the four-game Hyfeed Cooper’s Cup test strongly with a win over the New Zealand in game one, but the Kiwis fought back to take out games two and three, to give them a one game lead going into the last clash on Sunday.
Queensland, co-captained by Cunningham Polocrosse Club’s Carly Cooper and John Franklin from Gold Coast Polocrosse Club, were determined to win game four.
In the final stages, the score was so close it looked like it would go to golden point, until the New Zealanders, riding borrowed horses, scored to win 11 to 10.
John Franklin was awarded Best Queensland Male, while Best Queensland Female went to Brodie Stephens.
At the other end of the scale, Queensland Polocrosse’s dedicated Junior competition allowed young upcoming players to take to the field against kids of similar skill level.
Queensland Polocrosse Association hosted a free two-day Youth Coaching Camp at Cunningham Polocrosse grounds ahead of the weekend.
On the field, the Juniors showed that the sport of polocrosse has a strong future.
The Blue Team beat the Pink Team in the A Grade Juniors final with a score of 12 to 6.
Caitlyn Brook from Warwick Polocrosse Club was named Best Player in the A Grade Juniors.
In B Grade Juniors, the Purple Team beat Red Team in the final, with Jet Sargood from Tambo Polocrosse Club awarded the Best Player.
The club competition, being the opening event for the 2017 season, attracted a large number of teams.
At Cunningham, the battle for club pride was already in full force with traditional rivals Tansey Polocrosse Club and Warwick Polocrosse Club going head to head in the A Grade final.
Tansey 1 again showcased great horse power and riding skills to win the game against Warwick 1 with a final score of 17 to 10.
Shane Gherke from Tansey was named Best Player.
BATTLE FIELD: Cameron Shepherd carrying the ball downfield for Queensland.
Tom O'Neill for Australia on the attack.
Richard Eton scoring for Queensland against the New Zealand Men's Side.
Working hard are (from left) Lance Anderson, Stuart Shepherd, Trent Collins and Chris Sillitoe.
Liz Reid, of the Australian team, scoring against Sally Strahley.
Beth Hafey picks up the ball for the Queensland Women.
Liz Reid carrying the ball down field for Australia.