Polocrosse action will return to the Clifton Recreation Reserve this weekend.
Polocrosse action will return to the Clifton Recreation Reserve this weekend. Linda Mantova

Families take centre stage for challenge

POLOCROSSE: The focus will be on families and new horse talent at this weekend's annual Clifton Polocrosse Carnival.

Polocrosse has long been known as a family sport. It is a great game for teaching children important values such as teamwork, cooperation and good sportsmanship, along with responsibility of having to care for their horse.

Families camp together at the weekends, building strong bonds and friendships with other families.

It is this family bond that gave Clifton Polocrosse Club president Mark Hoey the idea to introduce a Family Challenge Competition for their carnival.

Hoey said the club wanted to honour the tradition of families competing together in polocrosse with a formal competition and trophy.

"There are so many families who play this sport on a regular basis but to my knowledge there has never been a formal family competition," Hoey said.

The club trialled the concept in 2013 and following on from its success, they have made the Family Challenge Competition a permanent fixture of their annual carnival.

The eligibility criteria is that each team be made up of immediate family members (husband, wife, children, son/daughter-in-law or grandchildren) from the same club. One, two or three different families can compete together in the same team.

Clifton Polocrosse Club will run a normal club competition in conjunction with the Family Challenge. Play will start at 8am tomorrow at Clifton Recreational Grounds.

Recognising not only the family aspect of polocrosse but also how much impact a good horse has on the game, tomorrow's entertainment program will include the Scott Keogh futurity for breeders and trainers to display the equine talents of those suited to polocrosse.

The futurity, sponsored by Scott Keogh and Coates Hire, will pit horse against horse in a display of skills vital to the game.

Held under lights, the competition is open to three and four-year-old horses that are destined for the polocrosse field in the near future. A guest judge will explain the rules before the competition and determine the winner of each category.

Polocrosse is a fast-paced team sport played on horseback.

It combines the speed of polo, the strategy and tactics of netball (in terms of the field being divided into three sections), the toughness of rugby and AFL and the ball-handling ability of lacrosse.

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.

The Polocrosse Association of Australia boasts a membership more than 4000 players nationwide spanned over 135 clubs in states and territories.



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