Three Grills in World Cup
Almost half Aussie team from one talented family
POSSESSING plenty of speed, agility and the ability stop within a second – that’s how Jim Grills described the perfect polocrosse horse, and it will be exactly the sort of mount he will need at the Polocrosse World Cup, set to be held in Warwick, Queensland, next year.
The 24-year-old won’t be the only one in his family playing for his country.
His sister Lucy and cousin Abbott have both been picked for the squad.
“We all play in the same club at Albury,” he said.
“So we play together week-in week-out, but for all of us to be in the Australian team is a pretty big effort.
“You only get eight people in the team and having three of them Grills is pretty special, that we will all play on the world stage.”
When the Rural Weekly called Jim he was in the yards working a two-year-old breaker.
Polocrosse is not only his hobby and sport, it’s his family’s business as well.
His parents own and run Berragoon ASH Stud in Holbrook New South Wales.
“We have 14 two-year-olds to break in at the moment,” he said.
It takes years to train a polocrosse horse, and Jim said, depending on the horse’s temperament, they normally have their first start when they are about six or seven.
“Really it all starts with mum (Sara), picking which horses to join,” Jim said.
“Now they are two, we start working with them, and as they turn three and four we slowly introduce more to them, by the time they are five and six they start getting chukkas played.
“Then, depending on the horse they will start playing at a higher level.”
Jim has played for Australia before, but was excited about the new team’s potential.
“I think we will have a strong shot at winning it, that’s the plan,” he said.
“We will do everything we can to do it.
“The four men are all from NSW and have played together at the nationals, so we have started to build a good combination between the four of us.
“With the women, there is some experience there, and then there is Beth, who is only 20, so she will bring some youth to it.”
IN ACTION: Jim Grills on the way to scoring for the Australian World Cup team in 2015 with Matt Jarmain defending for the PAA Blue Development team. PHOTOS: FILE AND CONTRIBUTED
Player Jim Grills.