Bill Kerr in possession for Cunningham 1 against Tansey 4 in the B-grade final at the Cunningham carnival.
Bill Kerr in possession for Cunningham 1 against Tansey 4 in the B-grade final at the Cunningham carnival. Gerard Walsh

Tansey takes finals 2-1

POLOCROSSE: It was the Southern Downs versus Tansey in three of the major finals at the Cunningham Polocrosse Carnival at the Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve yesterday.

The Cunningham junior team made it one for the Southern Downs with a 12-10 victory against Tansey in the junior final at 12.30pm.

After winning the best number 2 award in the Australian Junior Classic at Albury a fortnight ago, Maddie Burton continued her outstanding form to win the best horse and rider combination in the juniors.

The same two clubs met in the B-grade final but Tansey 4 finished the better to beat Cunningham 1 8-7 in the final.

The Hafey sisters, Beth and Emma, were prominent for Tansey, with Beth winning the best horse and rider award.

In A-grade, Warwick started with the Shepherd brothers Cameron and Stuart, and classy No.2 Katie Barr and led 4-3 at the end of the first chukka.

It was 8-7 to Tansey at the end of chukka 2 and 13-10 at the end of the third chukka.

As sometimes happens in polocrosse, the Tansey section of Andrew Phillips, Tom O'Neill and Justin Hafey got a roll on in the final chukka to score eight unanswered goals for a 21-10 victory.

Phillips won the best horse and rider award but few could have argued if his number 2 won the award after proving to be the perfect link man.

After two years of rugby union, Neil Perkins has returned to polocrosse this season and played for Warwick 1.

"It is good to be back. The intensity is still there, Tansey are a good team," he said.

Warwick made the final after a two-goal victory against Tansey 2 in the semi-final.

The home club Cunningham enjoyed more success in the C-grade competition when its number 2 team won from runners-up Warwick 4.

Warwick 5 won E-grade from runners-up Tansey 8.

The carnival was the first played after a $50,000 grant from Queensland Sport and Recreation towards improvements to facilities and irrigation.



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