Best con­tenders for na­tional polocrosse team an­nounced

Elite Aus­tralian Polocrosse Squad vie for World Cup spots

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

❝re­quires Polocrosse

the tough­ness of rugby, the strat­egy of net­ball and the ball skills of lacrosse.

IT’S less than a year un­til the strat­egy, rum­ble and tough ath­leti­cism of the Polocrosse World Cup vis­its Queens­land, at­tract­ing 60,000 vis­i­tors to the state.

Polocrosse As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia an­nounced the coun­try’s 10 most elite play­ers who will make up the Aus­tralian Polocrosse Squad.

The squad will train and play hard over the com­ing eight months, each vy­ing for one of eight spots on the 2019 World Cup team.

The 2019 Polocrosse World Cup will be held in War­wick, Queens­land over April 22–29, 2019.

It is the big­gest in­ter­na­tional event on the polocrosse cal­en­dar and will at­tract 60,000 peo­ple to ru­ral Queens­land.

Mak­ing up the squad are com­peti­tors from Queens­land, NSW and Western Aus­tralia, who bring to the squad a mix of sea­soned world-class rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers and up-and com­ing young elite com­peti­tors.

Pres­i­dent of the Polocrosse As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralian, Michael Rynne, said polocrosse was an ac­tion-packed, tough sport, of­ten re­ferred to as ‘rugby on horse­back’, and the 10-per­son squad rep­re­sented some of the most skil­ful, phys­i­cally fit and co­or­di­nated ath­letes in the coun­try.

“Polocrosse re­quires the tough­ness of rugby, the strat­egy of net­ball and the ball skills of lacrosse, all while rid­ing and ma­noeu­vring a 500kg pow­er­ful horse, which is an ath­lete unto it­self!” Michael said.

“These 10 peo­ple have been selected from a pool of over 100 play­ers from all over Aus­tralia.

“They are at the height of their game.

“The Aus­tralian se­lec­tors have been mon­i­tor­ing player per­for­mance for around a year in or­der to se­lect the most elite to rep­re­sent the coun­try on an in­ter­na­tional level.

“From these 10 play­ers, eight will be selected to play in Zam­bia, Africa in July and the fi­nal World Cup team se­lec­tion will take place af­ter the Na­tional cham­pi­onships in Perth in Oc­to­ber.

“We are all very ex­cited to see what these play­ers can do and how they will perform on the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stage over the com­ing months,” Michael said.

The event has gained the sup­port of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment, via Tourism and Events Queens­land, and the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup fea­tures on the It’s Live! in Queens­land events cal­en­dar.

Ru­ral Weekly looks for­ward to in­tro­duc­ing the Aus­tralian Polocrosse Squad mem­bers to read­ers across the com­ing year in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Polocrosse is one of only three home­grown Aus­tralian sports, along with Aussie Rules foot­ball and cam­p­draft.

The 2019 Polocrosse World Cup will at­tract 300 com­peti­tors from around the world, 2000 in­ter­na­tional guests and 60,000 spec­ta­tors, mak­ing it the largest in­ter­na­tional sport­ing event ever held in ru­ral Aus­tralia.

PHOTO: JOE MCI­NALLY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

FINE FORM: Mem­bers of the 2018 Aus­tralian Polocrosse Squad in­clude, at front from left: play­ers Lau­ren Sil­li­toe, Suzette Thomas, Ryle Waugh, Beth Hafey, Lucy Grills, with as­sis­tant man­ager Toni Davidge. At back from left, head coach Arch An­der­son with play­ers Lance An­der­son, Jim Grills, Ab­bott Grills and BJ Thomas.

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