Tal­ented pool at­tend multi-horse car­ni­val

Multi-horse car­ni­val to start year on the right note

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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

polocrosse com­mu­nity.

“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

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POS­SES­SION: Matt O'Sul­li­van in pos­ses­sion for Chin­chilla, dur­ing their game against Tambo.

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Chin­chilla Polocrosse Club player Lind­sey Doolan.

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GAME, NET, MATCH: Chin­chilla Polocrosse Club mem­ber Sam Muller in ac­tion.

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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.

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Club pres­i­dent Mur­ray Sturgess.

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