BEST OF THE WEST

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ju­lia Baker

MORE than 80 polocrosse teams bat­tled for brag­ging rights when they took to the field in Chin­chilla for the Queens­land State Cham­pi­onships last week­end.

Teams from Chin­chilla, Ta­room, Roma, Toowoomba, War­wick and Tambo and as far away as Al­bury in NSW, among oth­ers, vied for the ti­tle in a se­ries of adrenalin pump­ing matches, but none could match the skills and hors­man­ship of Tansey.

Tansey won the A-grade fi­nal 21-20 against Al­bury Hol­brook from New South Wales in a thrilling match, which went down to the wire. The club also snatched vic­tory in the mixed and ju­nior A-grade cham­pi­onships.

Chin­chilla’s A-grade team was beaten by Al­bury and Tansey in the semi-fi­nals but man­aged a win over War­wick in their fi­nal game, one which Chin­chilla Polocrosse Club pres­i­dent Mur­ray Sturgess said was a “real high­light for the lo­cals”.

“We haven’t beaten War­wick for a long time and it means we’re back in busi­ness,” he said.

“The open men’s has some great young play­ers com­ing through.”

Chin­chilla beat Ta­room to win the F-grade com­pe­ti­tion while Wan­doan placed sec­ond.

“It’s a tremen­dous ef­fort from our club to be able to host it and it’s a mas­sive amount of work but it all came to­gether in the end and ev­ery­one did their jobs and other clubs are very grate­ful for how it’s run in Chin­chilla.”

PHOTO: JU­LIA BAKER

STICKS UP: Chin­chilla takes on Tansey at the Charleville event.

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