POLOCROSSE: Selection for Great Britain U16 squad

Princethorpe's Theo Cornforth
Princethorpe's Theo Cornforth
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Delight for Year 9 Princethorpe College student

It’s one thing riding a 15.1hh Argentinian thoroughbred; it’s quite another turning at the speed of light, lacrosse stick in hand with a hungry eye on the goal. Polocrosse is fast, skilful and definitely on the rise. Princethorpe College pupil Theo Cornforth, who has been tearing up and down Polocrosse pitches from the age of eight, has received the best news of his sporting career- that he has been selected for the National U16 squad. Still only thirteen, but with the talent of a player more senior in years, Theo’s tough Number 2 position record has clearly caught the selectors’ eye.

Representing the Arden Polocrosse Club Theo cut his teeth on the circuit with his long standing reliable mare Gilly before moving on to Torcasa and his most recent horse Casino. Now training under Shane Borland a former South African representative, Theo is keen to make it through to GB team selection.

“My dream would be to captain GB at the World Cup,” said Theo, who has also set his mind on a career in equine physiotherapy. “Polocrosse is a brilliant sport. I love horses and I love riding so this combines it all.”

Played in teams of three polocrosse players use a lacrosse type stick to launch a sponge ball between the opponent’s posts to score a goal. Play is divided into chukkas lasting either six or eight minutes depending on the rules of the tournament with games lasting up to an hour in total.

With winter training ahead Theo’s joy at receiving GB selection news has spurred him on to commit further to the sport.

“ I have had a taste of success with our team beating the Welsh Dragons this summer so now I’ve just got to get down to some hard work and improve even more.”