Roke trophy finds a new home
Counties Polocrosse has broken Putaruru Tirau Polocrosse Club’s nine-year stranglehold on the Roke Trophy.
Counties won the Roke trophy after pipping Putaruru Tirau 18-17 in the final of The Roke and Rockwood New Zealand Polocrosse Club Championships at Tokoroa recently.
Putaruru Tirau were looking to claim their 10th straight title.
The Roke Trophy is the Club A grade teams’ championship and the Rockwood Trophy is the B grade teams’ championship.
Counties Polocrosse Club had teams in both the Roke and the Rockwood competitions.
The Counties Roke team of Jason White, Leroy Jolly, Beau Moore, Jarrod Richardson, Seb McCracken, Martin White were coached by Errol Gloyn.
Counties went down in the first two chukkas by three goals and by the fourth chukka were down by four goals.
They came back to level the game in the last chukka, and then pulled it out to win by one goal.
Jarrod Richardson was awarded the best number one for the tournament.
Richardson was also awarded the Denny Thompson Memorial Trophy for the best horse (Lucky) and rider combination.
Martin White was awarded the best Australian stock horse (Larnie) of the tournament. The Rockwood team finished third.
The Counties Polocrosse roke team Martin White, left, Jarrod Richardson, Beau Moore, Jason White, Leroy Jolly, Seb McCracken, and Coach Errol Gloyn.