Rock­wood tro­phy in safe hands

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Af­ter an ex­hil­a­rat­ing week­end at Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports­ground, Pu­taruru- Ti­rau have done it again.

Last week­end 14 teams, from as far south as Whanganui and as far north as Dairy Flat, Auck­land, com­peted at the na­tional polocrosse club cham­pi­onships for the ‘‘Roke’’ and ‘‘Rock­wood’’ tro­phies.

Polocrosse, also known as the king of the one-horse sports, is a mix­ture of polo, lacrosse and net­ball.

Six play­ers in two smaller teams of three, called ‘‘chukkas’’, take turns on the field to com­pete against an­other team of six.

The win­ners are the team who score the most goals at the end of the match. The Roke and Rock­wood tro­phies are won with knock­out games, un­til two teams come to­gether in the final.

Pu­taruru-ti­rau 2 beat Te Mata in the final to win the Rock­wood tro­phy with a score of 31- 13, tak­ing the tro­phy for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

Best num­ber one (goal scorer) went to Lau­ren Tye of Ti­rau, best num­ber two (mid-fielder) went to her un­cle Steve Tye also of Ti­rau and best num­ber three (de­fender) went to Lawrence Tye also of Ti­rau – grand­fa­ther and fa­ther of his two team- mates, a prime ex­am­ple of how any­one of any age or sex can com­pete on an even keel at this sport. Best pony went to Ja­son White of Auck­land and his pony Whit­ney.

The Kaitieke club from Tau­marunui, chal­lenged the cur­rent tro­phy hold­ers Pu­taruru-ti­rau 1 for the Roke tro­phy.

The game was very close with Pu­taruru-ti­rau 1 lead­ing up un­til the sec­ond-to-last chukka where Kaitieke pulled ahead, how­ever, in the last six min­utes Pu­taru­ruTi­rau fought hard to re­gain their lead and take the tro­phy for the ninth con­sec­u­tive year.

Tony Schraft of Pio­pio took the prize for best num­ber one, best num­ber two went to Dwayne Mckay of Hast­ings and best num­ber three went to Steve Wat­son of Ti­rau who were all on the same team. Steve Wat­son’s horse Benji won best pony of the com­pe­ti­tion and Tony Schraft and his horse Sonny Bill won the Denny Thompson award for the best rider and horse com­bi­na­tion.

The Pu­taruru-ti­rau Polocrosse Club would like to thank all lo­cal spon­sors for their as­sis­tance and Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports­ground com­mit­tee for the fan­tas­tic grounds and fa­cil­i­ties.

With­out these or­gan­i­sa­tions suc­cess­ful week­ends like this would not be pos­si­ble.

Fine form: Lawrence Tye picks up the ball for the Pu­taruru-ti­rau Rock­wood team with son Steve in sup­port.

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