Matt Shepherd and his horse Drummer are ready for the player’s debut in the Queensland open men’s team at the Barastoc Interstate Series late next week.
Matt Shepherd and his horse Drummer are ready for the player’s debut in the Queensland open men’s team at the Barastoc Interstate Series late next week. Gerard Walsh

Matt and Drummer ready for the player's debut

WARWICK player Matt Shepherd has no doubt a move from No.1 to No.3 has boosted his polocrosse carnival.

"My game needed a change and three catered for it," Shepherd said.

It was a move from shooting the goals to stopping the opposition put the little white ball between the sticks.

He is one of three Warwick players in Queensland open teams for the Barastoc Interstate Series on April 19-21 at Morgan Park.

It will be his first appearance in the Queensland men's firsts team after playing in the mixed team at the Perth Nationals in 2010 and the Challenge Cup team last year.

He will play on nine-year-old Drummer next week, a gelding bred by his family.

"I have been playing on Drummer for three years," he said.

Shepherd said it was the ultimate to play for Australia but he had to be in the open men's team at next year's nationals in Darwin to be looked at.

He played in the winning Queensland junior team at the Werribee Nationals in 1996 and has since represented Queensland in intermediate, open mixed and Challenge Cup teams at the championships.

The Warwick No.3 has been in the top Warwick team for the past two years and played in the same section as cousins Cameron and Stuart Shepherd in last year's state championships at Cunningham.

While his family has a long involvement with polocrosse, he also played hockey, tennis and a bit of rugby league as a junior.

"I like the action of polocrosse, it is basically footy on horses in a sense but you need a different set for skills."

His horse Drummer is 17 hands, high for the sport, which means Shepherd has a lean a long way with his racquet to reach the ball on the ground.

"He is very agile for a big horse and quick off the mark," he said.

The Barastoc Interstate Series starts at noon Friday week with Friday and Saturday night games and Sunday finals. The Shell Cup for clubs is on the same weekend.

 

Open Qld teams

Men's

  • Matt Shepherd (Warwick)
  • Trent Collins (Tansey)
  • Matthew Johnson (Tansey)
  • Justin Hafey (Tansey)
  • Kyron Sturgess (Chinchilla)
  • Kris Lynas (Gold Coast)
  • Richard Eton (Gold Coast)
  • Coach Chris Franklin (Gold Coast)
  • Manager Mick Beresford (Eulo)

Women's

  • Trish Barlow (Warwick)
  • Tory Latham (Tansey)
  • Jodie Cowley (Wandoan)
  • Anita Shepherd (Warwick)
  • Trish Pengelly (Calliope)
  • Amanda Moore (Wandoan)
  • Kristy Burns (Tansey)
  • Coach Eric Beresford (Eulo)
  • Manager Sonia Donovan (Cunningham)


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