Riders battle it out in Tokoroa
Over the weekend 130 people flocked to Tokoroa Memorial Sports Ground, from Kaikohe in the north to Ashhurst in the south. They came to compete in the ‘‘king of the one horse sports’’ polocrosse.
Twenty two teams of six where split into three grades with players ranging between eight and 80. The sun shone while man and horse fought to be the winners of their respective grades. There were several spills and thrills in the knock out rounds.
The finals were all very close. The newly formed team from Poutu managed to beat Te Mata 3 by one goal in the C grade. The B grade was also close but Te Mata 2 couldn’t quite bring it back as locals Putaruru-Tirau 2 won 17-12.
A grade was certainly the most hair raising game. Te Mata 1 took off to a strong start leading the local Putaruru-Tirau 1 team right up into the dying seconds until the final chukka made up of Tony Schraft, Nicky Scraft and Steve Watson, managed to creep ahead by one goal and seal the win.
On February 16 and 17 the Putaruru-Tirau team will be back at Tokoroa Memorial Sports ground to defend their title as club champions.
GIDDY UP: The Putaruru-Tirau Polocrosse Club put on a spectacular event over the weekend.