Sis­ters head to Perth for polocrosse comp

Con­voy of horses for na­tional cham­pi­onship

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page - Ger­ard Walsh news@ru­ral­weekly.com

WANT to travel to Perth with horses? It will take seven days and cost $2450 – one way. Jor­dan and Keely McGrath are trav­el­ling to Perth for the Swan Val­ley Na­tional Polocrosse Cham­pi­onships.

The sis­ters are trav­el­ling west with their par­ents, Paul and Sally McGrath, and fel­low War­wick Polocrosse Club mem­ber Tori Sher­iff.

Four trucks from War­wick are in a con­voy with a truck be­ing driven by Tansey player Grant Car­roll.

The av­er­age cost of fuel is $350 a day.

The McGrath truck has four horses on board, three for the McGrath sis­ters and one for War­wick ju­nior Lau­ren Mor­ton.

Jor­dan and Keely are in the Queens­land women’s in­ter­me­di­ate team. It will be the third na­tion­als for Jor­dan, who played in ju­niors in 2014 at Dar­win and then in the in­ter­me­di­ate women’s team in Al­bury in 2016.

“We beat New South Wales in the ju­nior fi­nal in 2014 and were run­ners-up to New South Wales two years ago,” she said.

“We are head­ing to Perth to bring home the in­ter­me­di­ate tro­phy.

“I started play­ing at age 11 so have been play­ing for nine years.

“I have played in mixed and women’s teams in the state club cham­pi­onships and hope I am im­prov­ing all the time.”

Keely made her de­but for Queens­land at the Al­bury na­tion­als in 2016 when the Ma­roons lost in the semi-fi­nal to Western Aus­tralia.

“I am aim­ing to make my first fi­nal at the na­tion­als and feel I am in the best form of my ca­reer,” Keely said.

“I was in the se­cond War­wick women’s team at the state cham­pi­onships where we won B-grade.”

Keely plays touch, vol­ley­ball and rugby at school at St Ur­sula’s in Toowoomba, but polocrosse is her main sport.

“It would be pretty good to play for Aus­tralia, that is my long-term am­bi­tion,” Keely said.

“I will be rid­ing Rose­neath Capri in Perth, a horse we bred at Green­mount.”

Their fa­ther, Paul McGrath, is coach of the open men’s team in the na­tion­als.

The na­tion­als will be opened on Septem­ber 30 and the first of seven days of ac­tion will be on Oc­to­ber 1.

Queens­land is field­ing open men, ladies and mixed teams, in­ter­me­di­ate (un­der-21) men, women and mixed teams, ju­nior and a mas­ters men team.

❝We are head­ing to Perth to bring home the in­ter­me­di­ate tro­phy. — Jor­dan McGrath

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LONG DRIVE: Keely and Jor­dan McGrath and their horses are on their way to the na­tion­als in Perth.

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