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.
Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, United Kingdom
A four-day international Polocrosse tournament, the first event of this kind in New Zealand, will happen over Easter 2013 in Turangi.
Run by New Zealand Polocrosse and hosted by Tuwharetoa Polocrosse, the traditional powhiri and overnight stay at Hirangi marae adds a unique and authentic cultural element to this fast-paced equestrian event. The traditional Maori experience is the first that visiting team members and their support crews are unlikely to have ever experienced.
Teams from Zambia, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand will travel to the central North Island town for the four-day tournament, and there’s much excitement from the organisers.
“The tournament will be great competition for the teams and a wonderful spectator event. As well as the formal games, we’re planning displays of mounted games by the international riders and a range of equestrian demonstrations,” says Tania Te Akau.
“The teams, supporters and horses are in town for more than a week,” says Tania. “They play a total of eight games with the New Zealand Development Junior teams playing in between each of the main games. “
“It’s a beautiful time of year in Turangi, the autumn colours are stunning and we hope to include the ‘Colours Festival’ with the Polocrosse tournament,” she says.
Taup? District Council Events Manager Nick Reader says the international Polocrosse tournament reflects the increasing diversity of events taking place in the Taup? region.
“The international nature of the event increases the profile and taking place at Easter gives visitors yet another good reason to take a holiday here,” he says.
For more information visit www.nzpolocrosse.co.nz/
Tournament games are from 28-31 March 2012. Tournament is run by New Zealand Polocrosse Inc. Powhiri is 24 March at Hirangi Marae, Turangi.
Polocrosse developed in Australia before WWII. Players use one horse only and the sport caters for all ages and levels of ability.
It’s a fast-paced sport played with a soft foam filled rubber ball, a racquet traditionally made of cane with a cane or plastic head and a special rope net used to pass and catch the ball.
Polocrosse is most common in the North Island but clubs range from Kaikohe to Ashhurst.
Four Nations 2013 (Quad Series) is confirmed for Easter 2013.
Countries competing are -
First Test – 20th July
Zambia 29 USA 5
Second Test – 21st July
Zambia 29 USA 11
Third Test – 22nd July
Zambia 28 USA 11
The Zambia Polocrosse Association has announced an initial squad of 10 players for the 3 test matches against the USA scheduled for the 20th/21st/22nd July 2012 at the Leopards Hill Polocrosse Club in Lusaka, Zambia:
The final team of 8 will be announced on the 18th July.
Zambia Polocrosse Association
Venue: Leopards Hill Polocrosse Club