Tiny teams combine for trophy
THE South Australia and Northern Territory junior polocrosse girls are hoping their combined forces will bring home the trophy at this weekend's Barastoc Interstate Series carnival and Shell Cup series at Morgan Park.
The girls and their families have travelled some of the longest distances of all teams to play here in Warwick, and are looking forward to taking to the pitch today.
The four South Australian girls took three days to travel to Warwick from their home in the Adelaide Hills, and stopped at a polocrosse carnival at Guyra en route to warm up for this weekend.
“We love travelling to different places but it can be hard on the horses. We arrived here on Monday afternoon to give them enough time to settle in and adjust,” Amy Hochuli said.
The South Australian girls have played together at the Oakbank carnival in their home area, but this is the first time they've shared the saddle with their northern neighbours from Darwin.
“We've had to play together this weekend because we're two small states (in the polocrosse world) and there's just not enough junior girls to make a team,” player Anja Hentschke said.
This past week has been a mix of work and play for the team, who said they'd enjoyed “eating, sleeping and checking out Warwick” as well as daily training and riding.
They unanimously agree Morgan Park is the best polocrosse ground in the country.
“The facilities here are amazing and it's looking especially nice after the rain,” the girls said.
Morgan Park is at capacity, with 308 horses occupying the 314 yards and several other horses in self-constructed areas.
The first polocrosse games kick off at 10am today and will be topped off with some entertainment. Tomorrow's proceedings will begin at 8am and continue until 9pm.
Evening entertainment will be provided by Warwick singer Melissa Williams and there will be a sit-down dinner provided.
The Barastoc finals will begin at 10am Sunday and the Shell Cup Final will be held around 1pm.