WA U24 team members Tia and Sharna Hall with Deveraux Mentos.
WA U24 team members Tia and Sharna Hall with Deveraux Mentos. Georja Ryan

From the other side of the country

THEY may not have sailed the seven seas to get here, but the Hall family has travelled east for five days for the Barastoc Polocrosse Nationals.

Tia, 17, and sister Sharna, 22, are competing in the under-24 women's division for Western Australia and with mum and dad cheering from the sidelines, they plan to leave one hell of a hoofprint.

The girls' mother, Tricia, said they were not strangers to travelling long distances for polocrosse.

"The girls are fourth generation in the sport and they've been to nationals for years," Mrs Hall said.

The Halls and their horses left WA over a week ago to ensure they arrived in Warwick early enough to let the horses recover from the journey.

"We leave WA and our first stop is Norseman which is eight hours away and we stop for three hours, have a break and let the horses stretch," Mrs Hall said.

"Then we load back up and drive for another 14 hours to Ceduna.

"We have a day off at Ceduna and go for a ride on the beach and then get back on the road at 3am the next day," she said.

From Ceduna, they travel 12 hours to Broken Hill, New South Wales, where they stop for a few hours.

"At 3am the next morning, we go to Narrabri which takes about 13 hours," Mrs Hall said.

"Then from Narrabri we come to Warwick, which is another six hours."

The family was surprisingly cheerful once they finally landed in the Rose City after their journey.

Tia said although the drive was fairly long and draining, she wouldn't have it any other way.

"There are so many places to go and you see a lot of different things and meet a lot of genuine people," Tia said.

She said playing polocrosse was not just a sport, but a lifestyle choice.

"It's a lifestyle and something you can live for," she said.

"It's thrilling and it's always rewarding.

"I'm really looking forward to the competition."



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