Rid­ers bat­tle it out in Toko­roa

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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