Matt Shepherd with the ball for Queensland from the line-up in a Barastoc match.
Matt Shepherd with the ball for Queensland from the line-up in a Barastoc match. Gerard Walsh

NSW proves the better of states at interstate series

QUEENSLAND women's polocrosse coach Eric Beresford sees positives out of the Basastoc Interstate Series for next year's nationals in Darwin.

"This is one of our better campaigns in the Barastoc," Beresford said after yesterday's final game at Morgan Park.

"We have something to build on and can use it as a stepping stone to the nationals. We had two or three young players in the side."

After losing their first two games by three goals to New South Wales, Queensland won 14-12 yesterday in the final game but New South Wales won the series.

Beresford said both Warwick players went well in the open women's competition.

"Trish Barlow is a universal player who can be put in any position and her horse can play in any position," Beresford said.

"Anita Shepherd has been a long time out of interstate polocrosse but acquitted herself well."

After losing by four or five goals to New South Wales in the first two men's games, the Queensland spirit showed out with a 23-14 win yesterday.

A feature of the Queensland play yesterday was the combination between Tansey pair Justin Hafey and Matt Johnson.

Hafey was happy with the way the team finished the weekend.

"A few will probably make in into the men's team for Darwin," he said.

"Matt Shepherd played as well as I have seen him in the final two games."

Victoria made the long trip worthwhile with an under 21 men's victory in a competition the states use to test players for the nationals.

Queensland won the boys and girls competitions and New South Wales masters and under 21 women.

Girls captain Carly Cooper was one of three members of the Cunningham club in the team but said they weren't all in the same section.



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