Flying hooves and hurling rackets coming our way

By Kylie Hall

The Polocrosse Champs are coming!
Great—but what is polocrosse? For the uninitiated, all knowing Google tells us that it’s a team sport combining polo and lacrosse. Players ride on horseback at high speed, hurling a stick with a loose netted racket head attached, and attempt to pass a ball between players, before slamming it between the opposition’s goal posts. There’s a lot going on, and for someone like me who falls off horses at the slightest hint of a trot, it sounds daunting to say the least!
Last year saw the Counties Polocrosse Club lift the New Zealand Polocrosse Champs Roke Trophy from the hands of the Putaruru Tirau Club. Putaruru Tirau Club had held the trophy for ten years, so it was a huge achievement for the Counties team.
Whilst the win itself was awesome and placed the Counties team as top in New Zealand, it also means that Counties get to bring the 2018 champs to their home turf, and we get to watch. To be held at Abderry Farm, Glenbrook on the weekend of 24 and 25 February,2018, 13 clubs from across the North Island will be pitting their best players against the Counties team, in an attempt to rip that trophy right back off them.
Local rider Kristy Reiche will be doing her best to help keep the cup in Counties’ hands. Training for up to three hours every day, she’s just one of the many talented riders the Counties Club have at their disposal.
The Counties Polocrosse team would love to have their community on hand, to cheer them on in their quest to retain the cup. For an amazing spectacle and a great day out, pack a picnic and head along to Abderry Farm on 24 and 25 February to support the team. There’s no charge to attend but best to leave your dog at home.

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