Jim Grills (left, Australia) and Danie Swan (Zimbabwe) at the front of the lineup in the first match of the World Cup.
Jim Grills (left, Australia) and Danie Swan (Zimbabwe) at the front of the lineup in the first match of the World Cup. Gerard Walsh

Beaches rated best of the men's horse early in the cup

POLOCROSSE: Australian player Jimmy Grills might have been the first player to hit the ground at IOR Morgan Park during the Adina Polocrosse World Cup but it didn't matter - his horse Berragoon Beaches was judged the best men's horse in the Australia 24-11 win against Zimbabwe.

After Grills landed on the ground in the first game, Beaches did a lap of Morgan Park before being caught and returned to his rider. It was just as well as Grills had the best of the eight horses in the men's section.

Suzette Thomas rode her own horse Action Man to win the best female horse award in the game against Zimbabwe.

Lance Anderson and Thomas were judged the best players. Commentator David "Skip” McIvor spoke of the outstanding play of Anderson in the win and the judges agreed.

After the score was 2-all in the first women's chukka, Australia took the lead and were never headed.

In the second game, New Zealand beat United Kingdom 23-12.

Jarrod Richardson and Kyla Hill were the best players.

The best horses were Silver Hills Perler and Berragoon Percussion.

Percussion is owned by the Grills family at Holbrook in New South Wales and has a great record of best horse awards at national level.



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