Spirited end to carnival
IT was friend against friend as two South East zone teams met in the open men's final at the Queensland Zone Polocrosse Championships at the Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve at the weekend.
The selectors were proved right – just – with South East 1 beating South East 2 in a spirited final yesterday afternoon.
The winning men's team included Paul McGrath, Kent Wells and Colten Preston (Warwick), Clayton Sargood, Justin Hafey, Matt Johnson and Trent Collins. Johnson won best horse and rider.
In the women's, the South East 1 team of Katie Jolly, Stephanie Thorsby, Trish Barlow (Warwick), Rebecca Webb (Cunningham), Tori Latham (Tansey), Kerri-Lea Harris (Gold Coast) and Lyndal Hafey (Tansey) was victorious against New England.
Katie Buchan, of New England, was best horse and rider winner.
The South East 1 team won the junior A final.
The junior victory meant host club Cunningham had plenty to cheer about at the weekend.
Riley Waugh and Zac O'Leary, of the Cunningham club, were in the winning team with Waugh winning best horse and rider.
Carly Cooper played in the mixed juniors winning team while Roly Slack Smith and Paul O'Leary were both in the winning South East 1 open masters team.
Cunningham club president Bill Kerr rated the carnival a great success.
“We have learnt a lot from this weekend and will be ready to host 90 teams at the state championships in September next year,” Kerr said.
Eulo horseman and Queensland Polocrosse Club president Eric Beresford said the weekend attracted 54 teams and the carnival was excellent.
“Polocrosse as a sport is still growing. It is a wonderful family sport for everyone from granddad to his granddaughter.”
The carnival followed a successful junior development camp at Bony Mountain last week.
In other polocrosse news, the Australian polocrosse team was in Rugby, England, last night for the horse draw for the World Cup which starts on Friday.
The eight countries will each be allocated 12 horses, six for the men in their teams and six for the women.