For those of you that haven’t heard of this amazing game, Polocrosse is a fast paced team sport played on horseback. It combines the speed of polo, the strategy and tactics of netball (in terms of the field being divided in to 3 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 as the “King of the One Horse Sports.” Polocrosse is governed by the International Polocrosse Council (IPC), is currently played in 18 countries and boasts over 10,000 players worldwide. Anyone who can ride a horse can play polocrosse at an amateur/club level, and the sport will vastly help improve riding skills.
Possibly the best Polocrosse action you will see played anywhere in the World is at the Australian National Championships. This massive event is held every 2 years and showcases the best players and horses from each state when they come together to compete for the Australian Champions title. The National Championships are played on a rotational basis around the seven States and Territories, a state hosts the competition on behalf of the Polocrosse Association of Australia. (Information from the Polocrosse Association of Australia)
Here in Narrabri they hold a carnival in July of each year and Galloping Gully another team hold theirs along with Cubbaroo Carnival in August of each year. A very exciting match to see a great family outing for all involved as well as the spectators.
Images by John Burgess Photography