International Polocrosse Meet to be held in the bay of the Somme France July 27th-29th as part of a larger Henson Horse breed festival featuring participating teams from the following countries Canada, Holland, Germany, Norway, UK, France as well as representatives from Ireland!
I calculated the relative strengths of the sections from the International Challenge games, and determined the relative strengths of the individual players. I used zero as the standard, so the lowest player was rated a zero, and all the other players were rated in comparison to the zero player(s). Across all the games of the tournament, using zero as the standard, the sections performed as if the players were rated:
There were 31 players that participated in the International Challenge that was held in the UK during the same time as the World Cup. The teams in the International Challenge were Europe, France, Germany, and Holland. I took stats off the videos, and the top 10% in my favorite 4 categories were:
Highest personal possession percentage:
57% – Barbara Beaufils FR
53% – Alexandra Deurinck FR
50 % – Leonie Rathmann GE, Maarten Luitse HO, and Nathalie Garben HO
L’équipe de polocrosse français à remporté haut la main le Challenge International de Polocrosse organisée dans le cadre de la Coupe du Monde, qui s’est déroulée du 9 au 17 juillet 2011 dans la ville de Rugby au Royaume Uni.
Huit cavaliers français et leurs montures se sont mesurés à des équipes de trois autres pays : Allemagne, Hollande, Norvège/Europe. La France a remporté tous ses matches de pré-selection et s’est retrouvée en finale contre l’Allemagne.
Competing in the International Challenge
Name: Alexandra Deurinck
Years playing Polocrosse: 4
Preferred Position: 1
Club: Henson Polocrosse France
International Caps: 9
Interests: Good team spirits and to be one with the horse !!
Horse : Rosa
Breed : Henson horse
25 March 2011
All countries to participate in the 2011 World Cup[SinglePic not found]
As per previous communication I paid a visit to the UK this week to have a look at the new venue, and meet the new organisers. I can positively report back as follow.
The venue itself is situated in a much more visitor friendly environment as to Bishop Burton and is located 80 miles from Heathrow Airport London and 30 miles from Birmingham Airport by road and forty minutes by train from London
We have benefitted from the training experience of Marc Davern of Tipperary Club who has agreed to be our coach for that event. Our preparation has started slowly and we hope to build up over the spring and right up to July when our players will ferry the horses across to go and play in Rugby.
Organized in Holland by the Dutch Polocrosse association over the week-end of 5-6th June it was a very pleasant competition, run smoothly and efficiently by the Dutch contingent. The sun was present all week-end and riders were able to enjoy a ride in the nearby Velhuwe nature reserve before the games occurred on Saturday and Sunday. The first game pitted France against Germany which the french team won, then a game opposing Holland against Norway won by the dutch. In the afternoon France met and won against Norway and Germany won against Holland. Sunday saw a game opposing Germany and Norway, won by the Germans and the last game highlight of the Sunday was France against Holland won 15-7 by the french side.
France winner of the 4nations polocrosse Cup Holland
Last weekend the 4 nations polocrosse cup took place at the “Dop heets Del” in Kootwijkerbroek, Holland. The “best” players from France, Germany, Norway and Holland played against each other in sunny Kootwijkerbroek. This as a preparation for the World Cup in 2011 in the UK.
Exciting games were played, starting with the first game on Saturday France vs Germany. It was immediately clear that the Germans had a very strong men’s section who played as a real team and their no.1 player Max Scheller played brilliant and scored most of the goals for the Germans. But also the German ladies section played strong and played as a real team. Their defense against the strong Henson horses was good.