Warwick Polocrosse Club player John Cooper and his horse Stan will play for the Queensland Masters this weekend at the Polocrosse Shell Cup Barastoc Interstate Polocrosse Series.
Warwick Polocrosse Club player John Cooper and his horse Stan will play for the Queensland Masters this weekend at the Polocrosse Shell Cup Barastoc Interstate Polocrosse Series.

Club hailed best in land

HE sits proudly on his horse as he trains for his first run playing for the Queensland Masters, facing New South Wales and New Zealand teams this weekend at Morgan Park.

Warwick Polocrosse Club player John Cooper has played polocrosse for about 40 years.

He is excited to hit the field this weekend on his horse, Stan, at the Polocrosse Shell Cup in conjunction with 2010 Barastoc Interstate Polocrosse Series.

“I am feeling good and looking forward to playing,” Cooper said.

A born-and-bred New Zealander, he has travelled back and forward from the North Island to Warwick since about 1982 to play on one of the best fields in polocrosse.

“I spend about eight months at home and four months over here,” Mr Cooper said.

“I come here for the club atmosphere and the people; that’s what makes a club.”

He will prepare this week by practising racquet-work every day and working his horse Stan to maintain his fitness.

Warwick Polocrosse president Les Fraser said there were 13 interstate teams nominated coming from as far as Albury and New Zealand.

The club championships start on Saturday with open, mixed, junior and sub-junior from 8am. The interstate series starts on Friday from 2.30pm. There will be a great night program on Friday and Saturday with games running from 5.30 to 9pm.

“It’s the very best of polocrosse. This is the best in Australia – a very good club and state,” Mr Fraser said.



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