SISTERS: Nadine and Laura Dempster, who played on opposite sides at the polocrosse carnival at the weekend. Photos Emma Channon
SISTERS: Nadine and Laura Dempster, who played on opposite sides at the polocrosse carnival at the weekend. Photos Emma Channon

Polocrosse state of origin

THEY treat each other like any other competitor on the polocrosse field, but as soon as they slide off their saddles, Laura and Nadine Dempster are as close as any two sisters.

Although both were born in New Zealand, 23-year-old Nadine moved to Wandoan after she met her partner on the polocrosse circuit and now plays for the Queensland side.

Laura, 21, continues to play for New Zealand, which means the girls often come head-to-head at polocrosse carnivals like the Barastoc Interstate Series at Morgan Park at the weekend. In fact, it's where they see the most of each other.

“We mostly catch up at carnivals like this, and also at Christmas time,” Nadine said.

“We last played each other in New Zealand four weeks ago.”

The bubbly pair said they don't make compromises when they play against one another.

“We definitely don't go easy on each other – we probably play harder,” Nadine said.

“We're all under helmets and we just think of everyone on the field as another player.”

The girls were born into a polocrosse family, with their parents and other siblings also avid players.

The girls joke their mood after a game depends on who wins.

“Whoever wins does gloat a bit, and if you lose you're a bit quiet,” Laura said.

“We're probably better off though because we get over (a loss) quickly – well, mum makes us!”



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