Toowoomba and Clifton players line up at the annual Clifton Polocrosse Carnival.
Toowoomba and Clifton players line up at the annual Clifton Polocrosse Carnival. Contributed

Polocrosse challenge for all the family to take part in

PROMOTING family values and time together was the aim of the game over the weekend when Clifton Polocrosse Club hosted the inaugural Family Challenge Competition.

At the annual carnival which attracted 168 riders, their horses and supporters, the club trialled a new style of formal family competition to honour the tradition of families competing together in polocrosse.

Clifton Polocrosse Club president Mark Hoey, who came up with the Family Challenge Competition idea, said there were so many families who play this sport on a regular basis.

"To my knowledge, there has never been a formal family competition or trophy awarded," he said.

Hoey said he had received a lot of positive feedback about the Family Challenge.

"A lot of people talked to me about it over the course of the weekend and believe it to be a good concept, both for families and polocrosse," he said.

"We have received a large amount of interest for next year's competition already so we plan to make it a permanent fixture for future carnivals."

It is Hoey's hope that the Family Challenge will become an annual tradition for families to compete in.

"It would be nice for younger generations to look at the trophy in 20 years and see their family name," he said.

The family competition was hotly contested by four competitive teams.

In the family A grade final, Gold Coast 1 beat Gold Coast 2.

Clifton family team scored a win for the home club against Toowoomba family side in the family B grade final.

Clifton Polocrosse Club ran a normal club competition in conjunction with the Family Challenge, with 28 teams taking to the field to do battle in the "Aussie" made sport.

The club competition A grade final was played out between Tansey 1 and Tansey 2, with Tansey 2 coming out the victors.

Teams from all South East Queensland will take to the field again this weekend for some fast-paced action at Cunningham Polocrosse Club.

Cunningham Polocrosse Club is one of the oldest in the state, being founded in 1955

This unique sport originated in Australia in

1939 and is dubbed as the "King of the One Horse Sports."

Australia is the largest polocrosse country in the world with 4000 players in all states and territories.



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