Polocrosse is catch­ing on

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

The Ti­rau Pu­taruru Polocrosse Club is pre­par­ing for the new sea­son with weekly prac­tices at the Ti­rau Do­main and a com­mu­nity open day this week­end.

Polocrosse is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity ev­ery year.

It has been likened to lacrosse on horse­back.

It is renowned for be­ing a fam­ily sport that is able to be played by all ages with the abil­ity to ride a horse.

Liz Smith, a re­cent ar­rival to the sport said that polocrosse has given her the op­por­tu­nity to get her­self back into the sad­dle.

‘‘ I thought my rid­ing days were be­hind me un­til I was in­tro­duced to this sport where I have found great en­joy­ment, sought new chal­lenges and in­ter­acted with peo­ple with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests and a pas­sion for horses,’’ she said.

The Pu­taruru, Ti­rau Polocrosse Club, founded in 1976, has a strong tra­di­tion in the sport, win­ning many tro­phies and pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tions over the years in­clud­ing con­sec­u­tive wins of the Roke and Rock­wood Tro­phy for the best New Zealand Polocrosse Club.

Com­pe­ti­tions are held dur­ing the sum­mer months with most week­ends spent trav­el­ling to car­ni­vals through­out the cen­tral North Is­land.

Each Jan­uary a car­ni­val is ded­i­cated to un­der 16 and un­der 21 play­ers.

All club play­ers in these age groups are en­cour­aged to par- tic­i­pate re­gard­less of play­ing level at the time.

Ruth Tye, a long-stand­ing mem­ber of the club said that the car­ni­val could pos­si­bly lead play­ers to in­ter­na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

‘‘This is a mar­vel­lous op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote our young­sters in the sport,’’ she said.

The club has long had strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion in na­tional teams.

Those in­ter­ested in polocrosse are in­vited to an open day this Sun­day from 10am.

All are wel­come re­gard­less of age or rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Horse own­ers can bring their own an­i­mals and club horses will also be pro­vided.

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AC­TION: Daryl Mouat car­ries the ball.

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