POLOCROSSE: Aussies take on New Zealand at Bony Moun­tain west of War­wick –

Big start to the 2017 sea­son for lo­cal polocrosse clubs

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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.

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