NZ wins Polocrosse tro­phy

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

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