Kiwi polocrosse player keen to learn

Reagan Gloyn is on exchange from New Zealand as an umpire for the Barastock Inter-State Polocrosse this weekend.
Reagan Gloyn is on exchange from New Zealand as an umpire for the Barastock Inter-State Polocrosse this weekend. Erin Smith

NEW Zealand polocrosse player Reagan Gloyn will swap his usual attire for a chequered shirt and a whistle this weekend as an umpire for the Barastock interstate polocrosse competition at Morgan Park.

Gloyn is no stranger to Morgan Park after travelling to the venue as a member of the Under-21 New Zealand team in 2001.

"I started playing when I was 18, so 14 years ago," Gloyn said.

"My family is heavily involved in the sport and that is how I got involved in it.

"It is a good contact sport that can still be competitive at an older age, unlike rugby.

"I like that the horse can do all the running for you."

Gloyn said he had been invited to umpire the game as part of an exchange program between Queensland and New Zealand.

"The aim is to try and learn from Queensland polocrosse umpires and how they do it," he said.

"It is a bigger sport in Australia and it is good to see how it is done and take what I see home."

Gloyn said there were only 380 polocrosse players in his country compared to the 6000 in Australia.

He said he was surprised that an Australian customs officer recognised his racquet as a polocrosse racquet when in landed in Queensland.



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