Warwick to host 2012 nationals

LES Fraser expects the National Polocrosse Championships will bring almost 500 players to Warwick on April 23-29, 2012.

The Warwick Polocrosse Club president said the nationals were held every two years in a different state.

“We only get the chance to run the event in Queensland once every 14 years,” Fraser said.

Queensland won the men's competition at the last nationals in Queensland in 1998.

Fraser said Warwick was the Queensland polocrosse choice because of the venue.

“There are some good venues in Australia but nothing as good as our complex at Morgan Park,” Fraser said.

The Warwick club is seeking 100 volunteers for the week of competition.

Fraser said no games would be played on the morning of Anzac Day, 2012.

“We will have a breakfast on Anzac Day, a service at the grounds and play some games in the afternoon and evening,” Fraser said.

It is expected night polocrosse will start on the Wednesday and be played each night to Saturday.

The master's finals will be played on the Friday with other finals split between Saturday and Sunday.

While club competitions are held with most major polocrosse events, there won't be any club polocrosse at the 2012 nationals in Warwick.

Games will be played on each of the seven fields at the polocrosse grounds at Morgan Park.

Fraser said it was a possibility for a carnival to be held at either Cunningham or Killarney so interstate teams could have some match practice leading up to the nationals.

“Western Australian teams are inclined to want to play in a club carnival before the nationals because of the large distance they travel,” Fraser said.

“It only takes horses a couple of days to recover from a long trip but I would expect the Western Australian players to be in Warwick a week or 10 days prior to the nationals.”

As for the crowd, Fraser is hoping for 5000 over the nationals weekend.

The nationals are used by Australian selectors as a pointer to team selections so almost all of the top players in Australia will be in Warwick.

Fraser said the 2010 nationals at Ballarat were more even than in previous years.

“New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland are likely to go into the next nationals ranked as the top-three states.”

The April nationals in 2012 will be the biggest polocrosse event in Queensland since the 2007 Polocrosse World Cup.

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