Talented pool attend multi-horse carnival
Multi-horse carnival to start year on the right note
THE Chinchilla Polocrosse Club’s Carnival is back for another year and the talent on display is sure to be better than ever.
Held on April 14-15, the competition is a multi-horse event, allowing horses to slowly reach peak fitness for the duration of the year and newer horses to the sport to be eased into competitive games.
There will be competitors in both the junior (16 and under) and open categories (A-E Grades) as well as a non-competitive mini junior group, allowing the younger riders to learn the trade at their own pace.
Chinchilla Polocrosse Club President Murray Sturgess said this year’s carnival will be hosting two special events.
“Chinchilla was chosen for the State Junior Trials (players 16 and under), where players are required to show their best skills in front of state selectors, over the weekend where state teams are selected for the Queensland Junior Boys and Junior Girls Teams,” he said.
“These teams will compete in the National Titles to be held in Perth in October.”
National pride will also be at stake as a there will be a Trans-Tasman challenge, an event Mr Sturgess is looking forward to.
“An invited New Zealand Junior Team will play against Teams of Queensland’s finest players,” he said.
“This is the inaugural hosting of this event and we are hoping it will carry on for years to come.
Chinchilla members have provided the Kiwis some of their prize polocrosse ponies for the challenge, as they obviously are unable to bring their horses with them.
Mr Cornish also took time to thank those who have helped get the carnival up and running.
“As always, sponsors of the club have a pivotal role in bringing the carnival together,” he said.
“We are unable to run these carnivals as well as we do without the support of the community and sponsors, and it is this support which enables us to grow as a club and build on our reputation in the
“We have some very valued and special sponsors that have helped our journey over many years namely, Landmark, QGC, Western Downs Regional Council.
“Local members John and Aaron Mullins, in association with The Queensland Polocrosse Association, have brought the New Zealand Challenge to fruition for 2018.”
Polocrosse player and sponsorship director of the Chinchilla Polocrosse Club Renee Richards said the carnival will be action packed and top quality.
“Chinchilla has excellent reputation for hosting carnivals in Queensland and across the border,” she said.
“Years of experience from its members contribute to the smooth and safe running of carnivals.”
Ms Richards said she was unsure on the strength of the attendance considering it’s their first event of the year, yet encouraged people to come along and join in the festivities.
“Many local people have never seen polocrosse being played before and some people often ask if it’s like polo; and no it is not like polo,” she said.
“Chinchilla has one of the most reputable clubs in the state and has numerous Queensland and even Australian representatives.
“So if you like some adrenaline, appreciate the beauty of horse sports and enjoy some fancy riding, come and be entertained by pure skill displayed by horse and rider, you won’t be disappointed.”
Ms Richards said the club had an extremely dedicated group of people who all perform important roles. It really is a strong club community and culture that brings these events together.
Since the club’s inception in 1956, when it was previously known as the Burncluith Club, polocrosse has entrenched itself in the region’s sporting community and continues to reach new heights.
For those interested in attending, adult entry at the gate is $10, with all player fees also $10 and to accepted via envelope.
The daily start time on each day is 8am.
Chinchilla has excellent reputation for hosting carnivals in Queensland and across the border. — Renee Richards
POSSESSION: Matt O'Sullivan in possession for Chinchilla, during their game against Tambo.
Chinchilla Polocrosse Club player Lindsey Doolan.
GAME, NET, MATCH: Chinchilla Polocrosse Club member Sam Muller in action.
CLUB PRIDE: The Chinchilla Polocrosse Club leading the Grand Parade.
Murray proudly wearing the watermelon pink of the Chinchilla Polocrosse Club years ago.
Kim Bowman, Murray Sturgess, Luke Grills, John Mullins, Jack Mantova and Rob Hallyor.
Club president Murray Sturgess.