NZ wins Polocrosse trophy
There was plenty of exciting polocrosse action recently at Turangi, including two International games between the Canterbury NZ Intermediates (under 21 years old) versus the New South Wales under-21 team.
These teams are mixed with four women and four men players, playing an eight chukka game, with three players on during each chukka.
Each New Zealand player puts two horses of equal ability up, and then these are divided into two pools from which the two countries draw horses.
After Saturday’s game the horses were then swapped over to the opposing country.
Sixteen-year-old Lauren Tye, from Tirau, was playing for her country for the first time in this division.
The Kiwis fired for four chukkas, with a handy lead, but then the NSW players gained more confidence on their borrowed horses, and shot some great goals to force a draw after eight chukkas.
As polocrosse does not end in a draw, the womens sections came back on the field for a sudden death playoff.
The ball came into the lineout, then went to ground, where all six players were frantically looking for it, and Lauren was able to scoop it up. Playing as a midfielder, she travelled downfield with NSW marking her hard.
Her pass went to her goalie who then scored for NZ, a great but nailbiting win.
Sunday’s game saw Lauren move to the number one goalie position riding her preferred pony Piglet.
The womens section stepped out firing with a 4-2 lead in the first chukka.
Each womens and mens chukka built confidently on this score, and after eight chukkas the score was a decisive 24-14 win, to secure the Roger Ross Memorial Trophy.
Saved the day: Canterbury New Zealand Intermediates team member Lauren Tye and her pony Piglet.