Sisters head to Perth for polocrosse comp
Convoy of horses for national championship
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
LONG DRIVE: Keely and Jordan McGrath and their horses are on their way to the nationals in Perth.