Three Grills in World Cup

Al­most half Aussie team from one tal­ented fam­ily

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Top 5 Topics - . AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­

POS­SESS­ING plenty of speed, agility and the abil­ity stop within a sec­ond – that’s how Jim Grills de­scribed the per­fect polocrosse horse, and it will be ex­actly the sort of mount he will need at the Polocrosse World Cup, set to be held in War­wick, Queens­land, next year.

The 24-year-old won’t be the only one in his fam­ily play­ing for his coun­try.

His sis­ter Lucy and cousin Ab­bott have both been picked for the squad.

“We all play in the same club at Al­bury,” he said.

“So we play to­gether week-in week-out, but for all of us to be in the Aus­tralian team is a pretty big ef­fort.

“You only get eight peo­ple in the team and hav­ing three of them Grills is pretty spe­cial, that we will all play on the world stage.”

When the Ru­ral Weekly called Jim he was in the yards work­ing a two-year-old breaker.

Polocrosse is not only his hobby and sport, it’s his fam­ily’s busi­ness as well.

His par­ents own and run Ber­ra­goon ASH Stud in Holbrook New South Wales.

“We have 14 two-year-olds to break in at the mo­ment,” he said.

It takes years to train a polocrosse horse, and Jim said, de­pend­ing on the horse’s tem­per­a­ment, they nor­mally have their first start when they are about six or seven.

“Re­ally it all starts with mum (Sara), pick­ing which horses to join,” Jim said.

“Now they are two, we start work­ing with them, and as they turn three and four we slowly in­tro­duce more to them, by the time they are five and six they start get­ting chukkas played.

“Then, de­pend­ing on the horse they will start play­ing at a higher level.”

Jim has played for Aus­tralia be­fore, but was ex­cited about the new team’s po­ten­tial.

“I think we will have a strong shot at win­ning it, that’s the plan,” he said.

“We will do ev­ery­thing we can to do it.

“The four men are all from NSW and have played to­gether at the na­tion­als, so we have started to build a good com­bi­na­tion be­tween the four of us.

“With the women, there is some ex­pe­ri­ence there, and then there is Beth, who is only 20, so she will bring some youth to it.”

IN AC­TION: Jim Grills on the way to scor­ing for the Aus­tralian World Cup team in 2015 with Matt Jar­main de­fend­ing for the PAA Blue De­vel­op­ment team. PHO­TOS: FILE AND CON­TRIB­UTED

Player Jim Grills.

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