GEARING UP TO COMPETE: The Australian Under-21 Polocrosse team (from front left) Luke Lossberg, Matt Davison, coach Danny Polain, (back row) Grace Halsted, vice-captain Lucy Grills, Ryle Waugh, captain Matt Jarmain and Jimmy Grills. Sally Thompson is absent.
GEARING UP TO COMPETE: The Australian Under-21 Polocrosse team (from front left) Luke Lossberg, Matt Davison, coach Danny Polain, (back row) Grace Halsted, vice-captain Lucy Grills, Ryle Waugh, captain Matt Jarmain and Jimmy Grills. Sally Thompson is absent. Katie Cameron

Aussie Under 21 going well amid polocrosse injury setback

THE anticipation is palpable in the lead-up to the polocrosse competition at Morgan Park, and after a close call the Aussies are ready to roll.

Under-21 player Sally Thompson injured her collarbone on Wednesday, taking a nasty fall when her horse stumbled while training.

Luckily, she only received some bruising and should be right to play on the weekend after plenty of rest.

Coach Danny Polain has high hopes for the U21 team's success for the weekend, and the group cohesion is obvious.

"I'm really happy with the team," he said.

"They are a professional mob - a really good crew."

U21 captain Matt Jarmain said they had a "good team vibe going".

"It's good to be a part of playing with these guys - they're great people," he said.

"The horses are also in good shape."

Coach Sally McGrath said things were looking good for the under-16 team, with members coming across from Queensland and New South Wales.

"The kids combined really well last week with the games," she said.

"I think they're enjoying their time here and being part of the team".

"The changeover of the horses is going smoothly," McGrath said.

U16 captain Carly Cooper agreed, and said her fellow players have been hard at work practising every day for the upcoming events.

"It's like second nature now," she said.

"We all get along, the best thing is probably the people I meet.

"I make new friends every time."



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