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.
New Zealand Polocrosse Inc
- Laura Newman-Demp`ster
- Olivia Gloyn
- Sue Gower
- Beth Peaker
- Regan Gloyn
- Dean Gower
- Shane Hill
- Gary Malcolm
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.
Featuring the world’s four best playing nations
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and United Kingdom
From Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th April, 2009
To be held at Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse Bowral NSW Australia
Photos from Thursday – Friday play
UrsprÃ¼nglich stammt dieser Sport aus Australien, wo er seit Ende der 30er Jahre entwickelt wurde. Inzwischen wird Polocrosse auch international gespielt und setzt sich in immer mehr LÃ¤ndern als ernstzunehmende Sportart durch.
Polocrosse ist eine Kombination von Polo und Lacrosse, ein Teamsport zu Pferde. Ziel ist es, mit einem polocrosse racquet, an dessem Ende ein Netz befestigt ist, den Spielball aufzunehmen und sich gegenseitig zuzuspielen, um ihn im gegnerischen Tor unterzubringen.
Jedes Team besteht aus 6 Reitern, von denen jeweils 3 gegeneinander spielen. Jeder Reiter darf wÃ¤hrend eines Wettkampfes nur ein Pferd reiten. Ein Team kann aus weiblichen und mÃ¤nnlichen Reitern unterschiedlichen Alters bestehen. Die Zusammensetzung der Teams erfolgt nach unterschiedlichem Niveaus, die die einzelnen Spieler erreicht haben. Es gibt 4 unterschiedliche Schwierigkeitsgerade.
Ein Spiel besteht aus 6 – 8 Spielabschnitten, den chukkas ,die jeweils 8 Minuten dauern. Jeweils nach einem Spielabschnitt werden Teammitglieder und Pferde ausgetauscht. Die jeweils spielenden Teams bestehen aus je einem Angreifer Spieler Nr. 1, einem Feldspieler Spieler Nr. 2 und einem Verteidiger Spieler Nr. 3.
Das Spielfeld (146,5 m lang und 55 m breit ) ist in 3 Abschnitte unterteilt in eine goal scoring area vor jedem Tor und der Centre Area, dem Mittelfeld.
Um ein Tor zu erzielen muss der Spieler Nr. 1 den Ball von der goal scoring area aus direkt durch die Torpfosten am Ende des Spielfeldes werfen.