Tansey Polocrosse Club continues to cement its reputation as one of the best polocrosse clubs in Australia, featuring players in State and National Polocrosse team selections. At the Club’s home carnival recently they continued to show why they are so strong by winning both the Men’s and Women’s divisions.
The second carnival for Tansey this season was attended – under crystal clear skies – by a total of 32 teams from far and wide, including players from South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
In the Men’s ‘A’ Grade Competition, Tansey 1 won the Carroll Cup in an exciting final played against some up and coming male players in the Tansey 2 team. Tansey Polocrosse Club President Justin Hafey was named Best Horse and Rider in the Men’s A Grade, and not to be outdone by the top teams, Tansey 5 won ‘C’ Grade from Stanley Rivers and Tansey 3 were Runners Up in ‘B’ Grade after a tough game against Gold Coast 2.
In a dedicated Women’s Competition, run over two grades, the women’s teams put on a great display of toughness, horsemanship and racquet skills to showcase just how good women are in the action packed sport. Tansey Polocrosse Club member Lisa Johnson said the traditional Ladies Competition provided a great warm up for the Queensland Polocrosse Association Ladies Competition to be held at Tara next weekend.
Young up and coming players also showed their skills in the dedicated Juniors Competition, held to expose younger players to a high level of play. In the leadup to the carnival, Tansey Club members spent many hours in the past weeks renovating the playing fields after running our first carnival of the year with six fields providing a soft and safe surface for players and horses – extremely important in polocrosse which is a fast paced team sport. It combines the speed of polo, the strategy and tactics of netball (in terms of the field being divided into three sections), the toughness of rugby and AFL and the ball handling ability of lacrosse. This unique sport originated in Australia in 1939 and is dubbed the ‘King of the One Horse Sports.’ Australia, as befits its inventor, is the largest polocrosse country in the World. The Polocrosse Association of Australia boasts a membership over 4,000 players nationwide spread over 135 clubs.
Anyone who can ride a horse can play polocrosse at an amateur/club level and the sport will definitely help improve riding skills. Unlike polo, only one horse per player is needed, making polocrosse an affordable family sport.For more information contact:
South East Zone – Queensland Polocrosse
Phone: 0403 386 053
Credit: HorseVibes Magazine, July 2018