New Zealand Four Nations tournament results
Play off for 3rd and 4th positions
Zambian Barbarians defeated Irish Cavaliers 24 - 20
Australia def New Zealand 25 - 19
Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 – 19:16
New Zealand’s Polocrosse team, playing in the four-nation international tournament in Turangi later this month, has been named.
The eight-person mixed team will play what’s expected to be a tough match against favourites, Australia, in the first game on 28 March.
Selector coach, Errol Gloyn says Wanganui-based Paul Kinder and advisors from the NZ Polocrosse coaching panel helped him in the final selection process.
Two players per team, passing a ball around with rackets, while riding horses inside.
Indoor polocrosse is a unique idea thought up by Ashhurst Polocrosse Club president Graham Elphick to raise the profile of the sport in New Zealand.
“It’s never been tried before in the country; it will be interesting to see how it goes,” he said.
The indoor version will be tried at Tielcey Park Equestrian Centre, Aokautere, for the first time tomorrow from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Depending on the interest shown, it will run fortnightly.
As the new President of New Zealand Polocrosse it is my pleasure to present this report on behalf of the New Zealand Polocrosse Board. Since the last IPC meeting polocrosse in New Zealand has continued to grow and develop and this is due partly to the focused efforts of those on the Board and in administrative roles within the sport and past players who have (in response to our publicity) come out of retirement to play and / or coach. In the last two years New Zealand Polocrosse has adopted a new Constitution, rewritten their By-Laws and changed their name to “New Zealand Polocrosse Inc”, to reflect the change in the structure of the Association as being run by a Board, no longer a Council. These are all positive moves for New Zealand which involved major input from many of our members.
25 March 2011
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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
Manager: Anne Mickel
Coach: Bruce Hundley
NZ President & International Traveling Delegate: Alastair Cumming
2nd International Traveling Delegate: Ken Malcolm
|On August 19th the New Zealand Ladies Polocrosse Development Squad and Management assembled at Auckland airport to travel to Warwick, Queensland to compete for the Cooper Shield. This sheild is played for between a New Zealand and Queensland Polocrosse team at any level.
The team consisted of a mix of experienced and inexperienced players – Sue Gower (capt), Laura Dempster, Olivia Gloyn, Savannah Larsen-Church, Jemma Murray, Beth Peaker, Tara Power, and Nicky Schrafft. Coach Bruce Hundley, Manager Anne Mickell, and President Alastair Cumming completed the party.
Players were introduced to their pool of horses on Friday morning but because of the heavy rain they were unable to give the horses a decent run. The rain continued for most of the day and a decision was not made until 3 pm as to whether they would play that night or night. However, the clouds lifted and it was decided that the game would go ahead, the first game got underway at 6:00pm. The team consisted of Sue Gower, Nicky Schrafft, Laura Dempster, Jemma Murray, Beth Peaker, Savanah Larsen-Church and Olivia Gloyn. Queensland got away to a flying start winning the 1st chukka 4 to 1, by the end of the 2nd they were up 7 to 5 and stayed in the lead to the final whistle. Final score 19 to 15.
The 2nd game in the series was played on Saturday afternoon. Tara Power was brought into the team and Savannah played for the Marlin Coast Mixed team. New Zealand got their noses in front with a 2 all draw in the 1st chukka, 6 to 1 in the 2nd, 4 to 1 in the 3rd, 2 – 0 in the 4th, 3 to 1 in the 5th and 0 to 4 in the 6th. Final score 17 to 9 to New Zealand.
This result made for an exciting final game on Sunday as both teams had won 1 game each. The 3rd game Savannah was brought back into the team and Jemma played in the mixed grade. The field was now very heavy, and this was taking its toll on the horses which made for a low scoring game. New Zealand got away to a good start once again with a 2 to 0 in the 1st chukka, and kept in front throughout the game – 1 to 0 in the 2nd, 3 to 2 in the 3rd, 1 to 2 in the 4th, 1 all in the 5th, and 2 to 1 in the 6th – final score 10 – 6 to New Zealand. The girls were jubilant with a very pleasing result for both team and management.
Tara Power received the award for the best rider and pony combination in the New Zealand team.
NZ WORLD CUP SQUAD UPDATE
With six months of the year already over preparations for the 2011 World Cup are about to begin for the eight women and six men in the NZ World Cup Squad. The men traveled to Australia in early April to take part in the Barastoc Tournament. This was one of the first chances the men’s side had to play together and see what combination worked best. The ladies get their chance in August when seven out of the eight ladies will be traveling to Australia as a Development Team on the 19th August 2010 to play in the Rose Bowl Competition and compete for the ‘Cooper Memorial Trophy’.
|With six months of the year already over preparations for the 2011 World Cup are about to begin for the eight women and six men in the NZ World Cup Squad. The men traveled to Australia in early April to take part in the Barastoc Tournament. This was one of the first chances the men’s side had to play together and see what combinations worked best. The ladies get their chance in August when seven out of the eight ladies will be traveling to Australia as a Development Team on the 19th August 2010 to play in the Rose Bowl Competition and compete for the ‘Cooper Memorial Trophy’.
The ‘Cooper Memorial Trophy’ was donated by the Patron of the King Country Polocrosse Association Mr Gilbert Cooper on behalf of himself and his wife Mrs Georgina Cooper as a result of an invitation from the King Country Polocrosse Association to the Queensland Polocrosse Association in 1989. The timber used for the trophy is Totara Burr. Since this date the trophy has been contested between NZ and Queensland at Intermediate and Open level.
Things got off to a start on the Wednesday – well actually preparations for the open got off to a start long before the Wednesday but proceedings for the annual Zim Open 2009 got underway on Wednesday the 9th of September with their meet and greet, black tie ball the traditional gathering of all the players, managers, sponsors, interested spectators and family, as well as honoured guests and the few friends looking for a good party. The setting this year was spectacular the ball was held at the venue as usual however this year they had stepped it up a notch as they always do and we were treated to a fantastic array of drapes and lighting surrounding the main seating area, the tables were covered in flowers and confetti and it definitely was a world class event especially for the polocrosse community.