Club hoping to kick year off with a bang
THE Chinchilla Polocrosse Carnival is back for another year and the talent on display is sure to be better than ever.
To be held tomorrow and Sunday at the polocrosse grounds on Racecourse Rd, the competition is a multi-horse event, allowing horses to slowly reach peak fitness for the duration of the year and newer horses to the sport to be eased into competitive games.
There will be competitors in both the junior (16 and under) and open categories (A-E Grades) as well as a non-competitive mini junior group, allowing the younger riders to learn the trade at their own pace.
Chinchilla Polocrosse Club president Murray Sturgess said there will be two special events this year.
"Chinchilla was chosen for the State Junior Trials (Players 16 and Under), where players are required to show their best skill in front of state selectors over the weekend where state teams are selected, which are the Queensland junior boys and junior girls teams,” he said.
"These teams will compete in the national titles to be held in Perth in October.”
National pride will also be at stake as there will be a Trans-Tasman challenge, an event Mr Sturgess is looking forward to.
"An invited New Zealand junior team will play against teams of Queensland's finest players,” he said.
"This is the inaugural hosting of this event and we are hoping it will carry on for years to come.''
Chinchilla members have loaned the Kiwis some of their prize polocrosse ponies for the challenge, as they are unable to bring their horses with them.
Mr Sturgess also took time to thank those who have helped get the carnival up and running.
"As always, sponsors of the club have a pivotal role in bringing the carnival together,” he said.
"We are unable to run these carnivals as well as we do without the support of the community and sponsors, and it is this support which enables us to grow as a club and build on our reputation in the polocrosse community.
"We have some very valued and special sponsors that have helped our journey over many years, namely Landmark, QGC and Western Downs Regional Council.
"Local members John and Aaron Mullins in association with Queensland Polocrosse Association have brought the New Zealand Challenge to fruition for 2018.”
Adult entry at the gate is $10, with all player fees also $10 to be accepted via envelope.
The starting time each day is 8am.