Aussie champ joins Cunningham team
AUSTRALIAN representative Sarah Gilbert will play in the Cunningham number one junior team at the annual Cunningham Polocrosse Carnival this weekend.
Gilbert hails from Clifton and was recently selected in the national junior team to tour South Africa in August.
The Australian representative is mainly a number one (shooter) but will play on a new horse this weekend so could play elsewhere on the field for Cunningham.
The annual Cunningham carnival will be played at the Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve.
Improvements to one of the best polocrosse facilities in Australia have continued in the past year and the club now has seven fields available for play rather than five.
President Bill Kerr said, while team nominations had yet to close, he expected in excess of 50.
“We will have a number of teams from New South Wales, including Macksville, Grafton, Inverell and Pallamallawa (Moree),” Kerr said.
“All clubs from South East Zone in Queensland will be represented at the carnival.
“There will be A and B-grade competitions in mixed as well as a number of open grades, juniors (under 16 years) and sub juniors.”
Kerr said the quality fields at Cunningham always resulted in large nominations and strong competition.
“The players like the safe sandy field which are excellent for the horses,” Kerr said.
“We have some of the softest fields in South East zone.”
Kerr, his wife Melissa, Brenton Schnitzerling and Todd Waugh will be four of the players in the Cunningham number one team which will play in A or B-grade in the open competition. All four have played for Queensland.
Wim Craninckx and Tom Campbell have played many games in the Cunningham number one team this season and will line up in one of the Cunningham open teams this weekend.
The Cunningham president has nominated Tansey club from the South Burnett as favourites in the open competition but it is likely there will be strong open teams from Warwick and Wandoan as well.
Cunningham has nominated seven teams, four in the open competition, one in mixed and two in the junior competitions.