There is nothing quite like watching horses galloping across the Polocrosse grounds, skillfully maneuvered by their riders.
And this past weekend at the Charleville Polocrosse Carnival we saw 20 teams brave the fierce competition.
President Evan Brassington says it was pleasing to see the large numbers making a return to the sport.
“It’s been a few years since we’ve had 20 teams, and it was good to see teams driving from places like the Coast, Wandoan, Bauhinia, they’ve come a long way just to be here for us and we really appreciate it out here in the west.
The Carnival even saw a team travel all the way from Pallamallawa in New South Wales.
“I met those blokes at the Bollon Chukka Champs a month ago and conned them to come to come out this way.
“They wanted to do a Western Run, and I think they enjoyed themselves extremely well,” says Evan.
There are fears that the Polocrosse scene is fading away, but Evan says the last few weekends have been filled with teams – and Charleville’s carnival was no exception.
One of the greatest things about the sport, is the players who are so dedicated they travel full days to get to a weekend competition.
“Everyone pulls together out here in the west, we all help one another out and they were pretty impressed with our fields this year.
“It’s a great little club, I’ve been a part of it for 20 years .
“The townspeople came out and supported us pretty well – I didn’t think we’d get so many because there’s always so much on in this town,” says Evan.
Our local carnival even drew the Tickell boys, Cameron and Russell, back to town, Grant “Pudge” Itzstein who hasn’t played for 10 years and the Webb kids who are currently away at high school and University.
“Playing against some of the kids in this zone is like playing against another adult – no fear in them at all.
“Some of them deserve my spot every weekend,” says Evan.
For our local teams the next competition on the calendar is St George this coming weekend, but the zone Championships will be taking place in Cunnamulla on the 11th-12th June.
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