Polocrosse is catching on
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.
ACTION: Daryl Mouat carries the ball.