Weekend of action
HUNDREDS of polocrosse players are winding their way to the Rose City to compete in the Barastoc Interstate Series carnival and the Shell Cup Club Carnival this weekend.
About 17 teams from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales will compete in seven competitions including open men's, open women's, intermediate boys, intermediate girls, junior boys and junior girls.
In conjunction with the interstate carnival, another 60-70 teams from Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory will vie for the Shell Cup Club competition.
This weekend's competitions are the opening of the polocrosse season for 2011.
Warwick players Jess Osborne and Abigail Vaughan will fly the home flag in the open ladies, while Warwick's Katie Barr will compete in the under 21 ladies competition.
Sisters Kristi and Bobbi Burns from Tansey will also be representing the Queensland side and not for the first time.
“I'm really looking forward to this weekend – it's always a great competition playing in Warwick,” Bobbi said.
This season is the first for Kristi's horse Benji, who has had to be kept in shape by her father while she studies at the University of Southern Queensland.
Warwick Polocrosse Club president Les Fraser said Morgan Park was one of the best places in Australia to host such a large polocrosse event.
“We've got a very good facility here – I think it's about the best in Australia and could even be the best in the world,” he said.
“Polocrosse has always been strong in Warwick and we've been playing for a long time.”
The interstate competition begins at 10am on Friday and will finish with finals on Sunday at 10am.
The Shell Cup Club finals will be played at about 1pm.
Spectators and players will enjoy entertainment on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
A sit-down dinner will also be held on Saturday.