The umpires, one from each country, during the opening ceremony of the World Cup.
The umpires, one from each country, during the opening ceremony of the World Cup. Gerard Walsh

Morgan Park welcomes the visitors to the cup

THERE was a thundering excitement in the air yesterday as the 2019 Adina Polocrosse World Cup finally got under way in front of thousands of spectators.

The march past at the official opening ceremony at IOR Morgan Park was led by Warwick Rodeo Queen Lauren Mearns and Warwick Rodeo Princess Tyler Aspinall.

They were followed by two Warwick club representatives, 2003 World Cup player Sally McGrath and 2011 World Cup captain Cameron Shepherd.

The teams and umpires rode onto the main field from the southern end which put the sport of polocrosse in great light.

Polocrosse Association of Australia president Michael Rynne said you could see by looking at the horses that they were happy to be at Morgan Park and ready to play in the World Cup.

"Thank you to all the Australians who have lent horses. We love our horses in Australia,” he said.

"Welcome to the the king of horse sports.”

Member for Maranoa and Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud was impressed how people had put their shoulder to the wheel to put on the World Cup.

"This is a moment of great pride for the Warwick club and community. I am proud to say I live in Warwick.”

He added that he had been talking to Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday morning and was passing on the best wishes of Mr Morrison.

"All of Australia is behind you,” he said.

Mayor Tracy Dobie said on behalf of the Southern Downs Regional Council, she wanted to thank the sponsors and the volunteers who made the event possible.

"Let the games begin,” she said.

QSport CEO Peter Cummiskey was at the opening and planned to return later in the week.

He said there was no doubt this week's World Cup was the biggest event to be held in a rural area in Queensland.

Emily Scrivener was at the cup from Walcha in New South Wales.

She said she especially enjoyed the Scots PGC College Band who played during the opening ceremony.



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