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Bring­ing It Home – Ad­ina Polocrosse World Cup 2019 Any sport prides it­self on its tour­na­ments and achieve­ments, and there is no bet­ter way to do this than by bring­ing the very best from around the world to­gether to com­pete. We see this in just about any sport and most re­cently with the soc­cer world cup, which cap­ti­vated the world.

When it comes to equine sport, there is one sport that has not only got its roots in Aus­tralia, and has seen the cov­eted world ti­tle be­ing won twice by the Aussie team, but is set to have its up­com­ing global tour­na­ment hosted Down Un­der – Polocrosse.

Born right here in Aus­tralia in 1939, Polocrosse has earned grow­ing global in­ter­est ever since, see­ing it now be­ing played in dozens of coun­tries across Europe, Asia, the Pa­cific, Africa, the USA and, of course, across Aus­tralia.

More­over, Polocrosse has cap­tured the equine com­mu­nity, with play­ers of all ages en­ter­ing the sport. For the un­be­knownst, Polocrosse is a ball game, some­what a blend of Polo, Quid­ditch and AFL – played on horse­back with net­ted sticks. The aim of the game is to score field goals by throw­ing and catch­ing the ball be­tween team play­ers and even­tu­ally be­tween the goal posts.

Most ex­cit­ing is, of course, the fifth world tour­na­ment, the Ad­ina Polocrosse World Cup held in April 2019, which will bring the best of the best of Polocrosse for one week to the Queens­land town of War­wick.

Ad­ina Watches Gen­eral Man­ager, Grant Men­zies, says, “Polocrosse is an ex­cit­ing skills-based sport for both horse and rider, but it is also Aus­tralia’s own. This made it an ob­vi­ous choice to take on the nam­ing rights for the event and to sup­port not only the world cup but to help grow the sport it­self.”

As an all-Aus­tralian watch man­u­fac­turer who has earned its place on the global stage for their unique and in­no­va­tive de­signs, and ethos of qual­ity, crafts­man­ship and dura­bil­ity, the par­al­lel to the sport could not be more ob­vi­ous. ‘It was a no-brainer' Grant Men­zies ex­pressed.

“The sport is more about skill, fi­nesse and tech­nique than about pure speed or luck, mak­ing it a great sport to watch. And, in bring­ing the World Cup Down Un­der, 80 years af­ter the sport was de­vel­oped here is a great way to cel­e­brate Aus­tralian in­ge­nu­ity,” Men­zies says.

While Aus­tralia won two con­sec­u­tive ti­tles, the 2003 and 2007 World Cup, it is South Africa who is en­ter­ing next year's tour­na­ment as twice reign­ing cham­pion. With Aus­tralia com­ing third at the 2011 and 2015 Polocrosse World Cup, there is good rea­son and hope that it is not only the com­pe­ti­tion that is com­ing home to Aus­tralia, but per­haps the tro­phy as well.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Ad­ina Polocrosse World Cup, go to www.polocrosse­world­cup.com.au

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