Players will return for national championships in August
The 2015 UK polocrosse season got off to a windy start at Onley Grounds, near Rugby, with the first full two day tournament running over the weekend of May 9-10. This Early Season Tournament runs annually at the beginning of May and is traditionally the starting point for the playing season.
Around 100 riders attended, split in to seven different divisions based on age and ability. Players ranged from 8 years old up to over 60 and from complete beginners to members of the UK World Cup team, who will head to South Africa in July to compete in the World Cup, the ultimate polocrosse competition. Teams came from all over the country, ranged from Kent to Wales and Yorkshire. The grounds at Rugby were near perfect so provided a great backdrop to the games which ran all day Saturday and Sunday. Each team played either three or four games over the weekend, depending on how many were in their division, and each game had three chukkas of six minutes each. Part of the skill of the game is to know how to pace your horse to cover the weekend.
Polocrosse is a fast and exhilarating sport to watch and there was plenty of exciting play in evidence over the two days. The sport combines the fast pace of polo and the stick skills of lacrosse in to a player friendly game accessible to almost any horse and rider combination.
There are one day and two day tournaments almost every other weekend throughout the season from now until September, distributed over most of the country and spectators and new players are always very welcome.
The National Championships, over the August bank holiday weekend, are also at the Onley Grounds and are expected to attract over 200 players.
To find out more about the sport and to find your nearest club go to the UK Polocrosse Association website at www.ukpolocrosse.co.uk or contact the UKPA at firstname.lastname@example.org
1: features (left to right): Iain Heaton – Arden polocrosse club (Warcs), Shane Borland – Arden Polocrosse Club, Jake Hall – Kent Target polocrosse club (Kent)
2: features (left to right): Jason Webb (UK World Cup team member) Kent Target polocrosse club (Kent), Livvy Foley - Highlanders Polocrosse club (Gloucester), Charlotte Pykett (UK World Cup team member) Highlanders polocrosse club (Gloucester)
3: teams from Celyn (North Wales) and Chiltern (Bucks) polocrosse clubs