Play­ers ex­cel dur­ing state ti­tles

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

POLOCROSSE

THREE Bowen polocrosse club play­ers trav­elled to Capella to rep­re­sent the Far North­ern Zone at the Queens­land Zone Ti­tles ear­lier this month.

The Far North Zone ex­tends from Bowen in the south to Trin­ity Beach north of Cairns.

The zone ti­tles brings teams from all over the state to play against each other ev­ery two years in a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing mens, womens, mixed and ju­niors.

The far north sent seven teams, with two men’s sides, two women’s sides, two mixed (four men and four women), and a ju­nior team.

Proser­pine lo­cal Lui Rai­teri was in the top 12 men in the zone when he was se­lected to play in the sec­ond men’s side.

Cannonvale lo­cal El­lisa Davis and Bowen lo­cal Del Nor­man were both se­lected in to the first women’s side, putting them in the top seven women in the zone. The play­ers trav­elled down to Capella Thurs­day and trained as a team be­fore games com­menced.

Com­pe­ti­tion for the far north teams was fierce with many of the south­ern teams hav­ing play­ers that had rep­re­sented Queens­land on more than one oc­ca­sion.

El­lisa Davis said that all the teams played well.

“Our zone is very proud of how the teams went at zones this year.

“Our com­pet­i­tive­ness has im­proved a lot and there have been a lot of com­ments made from other zones about how well our teams were play­ing,” she said.

Her team played South East in the semi-fi­nal and lost 20-8.

“We were very happy with how our team went.

“Play­ing against girls of Queens­land and Aus­tralian stan­dard was a very ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, when we an­a­lysed our games we were only one or two goals be­hind in each chukka which is a great re­sult for our women’s team,” she said.

“I’m very grate­ful to Lui and Betty Rai­teri for lend­ing me the horse I’m rid­ing. It’s been the high­light of my polocrosse, fi­nally reach­ing my goal of a rep­re­sen­ta­tive team,” she said.

Lui Rai­teri played well in his men’s team but un­for­tu­nately couldn’t make the fi­nal.

He said he was happy with his team’s ef­forts against great com­pe­ti­tion.

“I was very happy and proud of my team mates, it’s a credit to our se­lec­tors who had a hard job of pick­ing the teams.

“Big thanks should also go to the spon­sors and coaches,” he said.

The FN men’s first side took out the B grade men’s tro­phy in a fan­tas­tic fi­nal against Capri­corn sec­ond men’s team.

TEAM FOR TI­TLES: The Far North Zone team at the re­cent Queens­land Polocrosse ti­tles Heidi Mer­ritt (cairns), De­bra Austin (cairns), Christie Bar­rett (Townsville), Les­ley Lan­dri­gan (Gor­dan­vale), Del Nor­man (Bowen), Alisha Austin (cairns) and El­lisa Davis (Bowen).

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