NORTHERN New England juniors continued to dominate on the polocrosse field with wins across the board at the zone championships in the Southern Highlands last weekend.
Players from Walcha, Bingara, Inverell, New England Girls’ School, Guyra, Macksville, Grafton and Coffs Harbour polocrosse clubs took to the field with impressive results.
The New England teams were runners up in sub junior championship grade and junior mixed A grade while the junior open A grade and championship and intermediate mixed teams all reigned supreme on the day.
Individually, Cameron Hull of Bingara with Raydulla Charm was awarded best number two junior horse, Lindsey Doolan’s Wayway Amazon won intermediate best number one and champion intermediate horse, Cody Berry’s Keira won best intermediate number two and Jock Grills’ Trenton Bo Derek won champion intermediate Australian stock horse.
Northern New England secretary Jess Creed said while the adult teams didn’t fare as well, the future is looking bright for polocrosse in the area.
“Sending four junior teams is really good,” she said.
“Having our junior teams do pretty well, especially in the opens championship grade.
“It shows we have some strong younger players coming through in our zone.”
The zone has seven polocrosse clubs including Armidale’s New England Girls’ School’s club.
Creed said it was great to see the sport growing in the area and hoped more people continue to join.
“We are starting to see the return of more clubs, NEGS has started up and Walcha has in the last couple of years,” she said.
“NEGS is a new club that had started a couple of years ago. They have had a lot of success which is really good for the girls and for the young ones coming through.”
The current polocrosse season has proved successful for the zone with many players representing the area at state, national and international level.
“We have quite a few of our zone representing NSW as well,” Creed said.
“At the nationals this year we had a lot of juniors.”
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