Locals in state team
THE Clifton and Cunningham polocrosse club covers less than 0.1% of the state's population but has two-thirds of the players in the Queensland team to compete in the Australian Junior National Championships at Albury on April 22-25.
Clifton pair Jack Mantova and Grace Young will debut for Queensland at Albury while Cunningham players Zac O'Leary and Carly Cooper are also in the team of six along with juniors from Roma and Bauhinia.
The debutants will get the feel for national polocrosse when they leave on Friday for a four-day camp as a forerunner to the national competition at Easter.
Teams from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and New Zealand will play in Albury.
Mantova, 14, is a student at Clifton State High School, and Young, 13, attends Christian Outreach College in Toowoomba.
The Clifton Polocrosse Club was formed in 2007 and Mantova was an inaugural club member in the sub junior age group.
Mantova will compete on his mare Rosebrook Dawn which was played by New Zealand captain Tony Schraft in the 2007 World Cup at Morgan Park in 2007.
The mare went into the pool for the 2007 cup when she was owned by Mantova's uncle Angus Gross.
The 14-year-old is now playing his second season on Rosebrook Dawn.
Young will compete in Albury on her horse Phil. Last year, she impressed state selectors while playing in the Queensland club championships at Chinchilla.
Cooper competed for Queensland in the sub-junior competition at Albury two years ago and has also represented her state in cricket.
She will again represent Queensland in the junior competition at the Barastoc Interstate Series at Morgan Park this weekend.
O'Leary will debut for his state this weekend before leaving for Albury in the lead up to Easter.
Cunningham player Sophie Forster is in the Queensland sub junior team to compete in Albury.
The Cunningham club hosts the Queensland zone titles on July 2-3 at Bony Mountain.