- A special meeting will be held prior to the half yearly to finalise carnival dates for 2020. All zones should ensure they have representatives present. Zone secretaries are asked to provide a list of clubs preferred dates to Vicki ASAP or complete their submissions via the app link -
Please note special event dates for 2020 -
- Barastoc Interstate Series - Warwick Qld 8th-10th May 2020
- National Championships - Ballarat Vic 30th Mar - 5 Apr 2020
- The PA NSW half yearly meeting will be held on Dubbo on Saturday 19th October 2019. More information will be provided closer to time.
- NZ Junior Tour - January 2020, nominations are open on the app for Juniors interested in selection for this tour. NZ Polocrosse will shortly be providing the definite dates and carnivals. Link for nominations -
- NZ Junior Exchange - January 2020, nominations are now open for two juniors to once again travel to NZ on the annual exchange. Please complete nominations via the app. NZ will be providing definite dates in the coming weeks but expect early January. Link for nominations -
has accepted our invitation to be the Patron of the PAA. The PAA letterheads and the website will now reflect this.
Gillian is a business manager with a strong background in marketing and communications. She currently works as a Senior Manager in the grains research industry based in Toowoomba, Qld. Gillian has previously served polocrosse as the Qld State Administrator. She has worked across a diverse platform, primarily in regional NSW and Qld., and she has a passion for community sport. Gillian holds a BA Communication and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Gillian is pleased to be appointed to the PAA Board and looks forward to serving the Australian polocrosse community, particularly in the areas of marketing, fundraising and governance.
13th 14th July Wollondilly Polocrosse held our first carnival that was a complete success. Our young club managed to run a smooth fun and relaxed carnival with great results congratulations to all involved.
Beyond Blue was our chosen organisation for 2019 and Wollondilly club ran a silent auction and also collected donations raising $700+ to help them out. This is a fantastic effort from the club and we are proud to say we are a club that is willing to help and support others.
Congratulations to the blue bandage players at our carnival we had around 9 great new people come and have a run with visible improvements over the weekend, lots of laughs and giggles heard coming from the field it was great to see and welcome them all to our sport.
Blue Bandage at Wollondilly fun for the whole family
Thankyou again to our sponsors we managed to get a lot of support for our first carnival and we appreciate it a lot we had some fantastic prizes to be won for teams and individuals so a huge congratulations to all.
Champion Horse of the carnival- Kevin Stevenson riding Melody
Champion Women’s horse and rider- Lauren Stevenson
Champion Men’s horse and rider-Philip Porter
Thankyou to the teams and clubs who came and supported us at our carnival. We look forward to seeing you all next year and we are excited to see what the year 2020 brings Wollondilly Polocrosse Club.
Narrabri Polocrosse Carnival Report (Junior Challenge & Australian V New Zealand Test Series)
12th, 13th & 14th July 2019
What a huge weekend of action packed Polocrosse at Narrabri Racecourse. Definitely our biggest and best yet.
80 teams in total, consisting of the following:
- 20 Junior Challenge Teams
- 1 Australian Junior Team
- 1 New Zealand Junior Team
- 69 Sub Junior players
- 13 Women Teams
- 33 Open Teams
- 6 Blue Bandage Players
Our Polocrosse grounds saw trucks rolling in from Wednesday morning the 10th July onwards. Wednesday evening we had 2 teams of Western Australian Juniors fly into Tamworth along with their Coaches and Managers. North West Plains members kindly hosted & horsed these players and parents throughout the duration of Narrabri Carnival and the following weekend at Cubaroo Carnival. This was a mammoth effort from our Zone to source suitable horses for Junior players for two carnivals in a row. We cannot thank the horse owners enough, especially the ones outside of our North West Planes Zone who donated. It was greatly appreciated.
Narrabri Club hosted a meet and greet for the Western Australians, a sausage sizzle, TV for the State of Origin decider and some warm fire pits to mingle around.
Thursday saw the Australian horses get rated and split into two even pools and then the horse draw.
The Australian and New Zealand players then had an opportunity to ride and get the feel of their steeds.
We sorted the Western Australian juniors onto the best horses possible. We have had some wonderful feedback from the adults as well as the kids that they are some of the best horses they have ever sat on. This is a credit the horse owners and the kind Polocrosse community as this helps our sport grow and develop for all the right reasons
Thursday night, Narrabri members put on a welcome 2 course dinner for the Australian & New Zealand teams, all players and their families who were already on the grounds. This was a big effort from the Narrabri Club who donated food, catered and fed just under 100 people midweek. It gave all the juniors an opportunity to meet and get to know each other before they started competing against one another, this is beneficially for the sport and its players. The adults also got an opportunity to meet each other and have a few quiet beverages.
All day Friday we had a consistent line of trucks rolling into the Racecourse and the Narrabri members were running flat making sure everything was organised for our carnival to kick off. Graeme Elford (Narrabri President) was making sure lines were marked, the loos were full of toilet paper, the lights were full of fuel and shinning bright ready for the night games. Kristy Bullen (Secretary) along with Trent Mortimer (NWP’s Chief Umpire) worked alongside Ashlee Anderson getting the draw working well so the weekend ran as smoothly as possible. Samantha Ross had ladies cooking up a storm in the canteen ready for the rush at dinner and Clayton Dickinson had the drinks on ice ready to crack a cold one if you were game.
Thanks to Phil Cants generosity to the sport of Polocrosse we had Joe McInally setting up his gear to live stream the Test Matches and Junior challenge games. This was a real hit to the wider Polocrosse Community.
Wow, can you believe all this has happened and we haven’t even had a game yet. All I can say is dedication and hard work, that’s what our few Narrabri members give.
Fridays night game, this is what we had all been waiting for, Australia V New Zealand in their first test match game, this was a cracking game, all horses and players went like superstars and as planned, Australia run out winners of this game.
Play commenced at 7.30am both Saturday and Sunday with 150 games in total being played over 2 days. There were some fantastic games to be watched including the Junior Challenge games with grades from A through to D Grade, this was just in Juniors, what a tremendous effort. We also had a fantastic Women’s Comp with the Albury ladies running out winners in their A Grade division and the Albury Open team having a tight tussle with the Warwick fellas to come home with the win in A Grade Open also. It just shows this great event is pulling players from all over the Country.
As we are fortunate enough to have 9 safe playing fields and have 2 ambulances on deck we were able to have a break of games on Saturday whilst the Australians played New Zealand in their 2nd game. It was great to see so many people show up to support and watch the game in which the Aussies run out winners again.
Throughout Saturdays play we had State Sub Junior Selectors looking a the Subbies for the 2020 Nationals as well as naming 2 teams to play each other under lights in a curtain raiser for the Aussie, NZ final match.
This is an amazing opportunity for the under 12 players who may never get to play under lights again. It gives the kids something to strive towards and we love to see the smile on their faces when they get the opportunity to play under lights. Thank you Coates Hire for the brilliant lighting towers, we couldn’t make this happen without your support. We couldn’t have made anything happen without the support from all our great sponsors.
Saturday night also saw our Sponsorship Committee organise a VIP nibbles and drinks on the hill whilst looking down on the night games. It is always nice to be able to try and give back to those who have helped make this all happen as we cannot do it without our sponsors and we thank you for you generosity in helping support our fabulous sport to grow.
Sundays final day went off with a bang, the Junior Challenge was an eye opener with the South Australian Juniors running out winners over Silver Hills. This was by far the best game of the weekend. It was truly amazing to see this team play on our fields. They had travelled so far, brining all their own horses we are so excited to see them win. Such a genuine team, genuinely happy to have the opportunity to have played at this great event and then running out winners. Congratulations to the South Australian Junior Challenge team, great effort and well deserved.
Narrabri Polocrosse Club pride themselves on promoting this great sport and we have a hard working, well organised President, Graeme Elford and Secretary Kristy Bullen at the moment who really put their heart and soul into promoting Polocrosse with new and upcoming players. Trent Mortimer is another one to mention who you may have seen not only at our carnival but all of the carnivals in our Zone help run the Blue Bandage competition. He really puts in a lot of time and effort to help our beginners enjoy their games and make sure they are learning the correct way. It’s great for the sport!!
We only have a limited number of members in our Narrabri Club and our funds are quite low due to the fact we try to give a lot of it back to the players, sponsors and grounds to improve things every year and to keep people coming back and encouraging new faces and I think we have proven this just with the different teams we attracted just from 2018 to 2019.
To be able to continue to run a huge event like this so smoothly and to continue to promote Polocrosse at this level (Australia & Nationally), we are in desperate need of more toilet & shower facilities, more fixed yards, wash down bays, better kitchen facilities. We are constantly writing applications for grants outside of Polocrosse to try and get funds in to make our life easier although we haven’t had any luck at this stage but we will not give up.
We thank you greatly for your generous support, it has helped and will helped our Club out immensely.
We hope we can continue this great relationship and we look forward to hearing more positive feedback from the carnival.
Muswellbrook Polocrosse Carnival – 1st and 2nd June
Originally our carnival was scheduled to be held on the 4th and 5th May, with all the preparation work done and everyone there ready to go, of course it just happened to rain most of Friday night making the fields too wet and slippery to compete. So the carnival was rescheduled for the 1st and 2nd June.
We had a good roll up of teams who provided some great competition over the weekend. We are very grateful to have such amazing support from our local sponsors, their contribution allowed us to provide some fantastic embroided rugs for Grade winners and Champion Players of each division.
A Open - Sponsored by MACH Energy
Winners – Sydney Runner’s up – Quirindi 1
Best 1 Wayne Stevenson
Best 2 Lauren Stevenson
Best 3 John Forsyth
B Open Sponsored by Bengalla Mining Company
Winners – Galloping Gully Runner’s Up – Bunnan
Best 1 Clancy Knight
Best 2 Chris Green
Best 3 Joe Wamsley
C Open - Sponsored by Landmark Townsend Scone
Winners – Muswellbrook 1 Runner’s Up – Quirindi 2
Best 1 Brent Morcom
Best 2 Luke Caruana
Best 3 Colin Parkinson
D Open – Sponsored by Comprint Solutions Muswellbrook
Winners – Narrabri Runner’s Up – Inverell
Best 1 Caroline Bradshaw
Best 2 Rebecca Austin
Best 3 Ella Quinlan
E Open Winners - Sponsored by Edward Higgens Parkinson First National Real Estate Muswellbrook
Winners – Muswellbrook/Mix team Runner’s – Maitland
Best 1 Shane Enright
Best 2 Brian Fuller
Best 3 Ken Broomfield
A Women’s - Sponsored by MACH Energy
Winners – Narrabri 1 Runner’s Up – Quirindi 1
Best 1 Makayla Elford
Best 2 Julia Stuart
Best 3 Felicity Elford
B Women’s - Sponsored by Equine Performance Medicine
Winners – Quirindi 2 Runner’s Up Cassilis/Sydney mixed team
Best 1 Hannah Brian
Best 2 Madi George
Best 3 Brittany Parkinson
Juniors - Sponsored by Bengalla Mining Company
Winners – Quirindi 1 Runner’s Up - Quirindi 2
Sun-Juniors – Sponsored by Equilaw
Winners – Quirindi Runner’s Up - Muswellbrook
Champion Players of the Carnival
Men’s - Sponsored by MACH Energy – Wayne Stevenson
Women’s - Sponsored by MACH Energy – Makayla Elford
Juniors - Sponsored by Tony Jones Equine Services - Luke Davis
Sun-Juniors - Sponsored by Bennett Polocrosse - David Caruana
Champion Horse of the Carnival - Sponsored by MACH Energy – Chilcott’s Creek Dove owned by John Forsyth
Encouragement Award – Sponsored by Trailrace – Haydon George
2019 DUNEDOO ZONE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
A Sub Juniors Sponsored by Husbands Saddlery Mudgee
Runners Up: NORTH WESTERN PLAINS 2 Winners: WESTERN DISTRICTS
Best No 1: ERICA STUART
Best No 2: WADE DWYER
Best No 3: CHARLIE STUART
Championship Sub Juniors Sponsored by Marsh Carney Saddlery
Runners Up: HUNTER VALLEY 1 Winners: SOUTH WEST SLOPES
Best No 1: RILEY BRADSHAW
Best No 2: CHARLIE LEWEHAN
Best No 3: RYAN WESTON
Champion Sub Junior Horse & Rider Sponsored by Dunedoo Rural Hardware: RYAN WESTON
BEST AUSTRALIAN STOCKHORSE SPONSORED BY THE ASHS NSW MANAGEMENT COUNCIL: Riley Bradshaw & Pink
Championship Junior Mixed sponsored by Westside Petroleum
Runners Up: NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND Winners: HUNTER VALLEY 1
Best No 1: JOCK BUTTON
Best No 2: JACK HAMILTON
Best No 3: EMILY WAMSLEY
Champion Mixed Junior Horse & Rider Sponsored by Milling Stuart Dunedoo: JACK HAMILTON
A Junior Open Sponsored by Coolah Veterinary Clinic
Runners Up: CENTRAL WEST Winners: NORTH WEST PLAINS
Best No 1: HUDSON WARD
Best No 2: RUBY DEW
Best No 3: CARISSA CONSTABLE
Championship Junior Open Sponsored by Westside Petroleum Dunedoo
Runners Up: NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND Winners: SOUTH WEST SLOPES
Best No 1: THOMAS FRENCH
Best No 2: MITCHELL FRENCH
Best No 3: KASEY HENRY
Champion Junior Horse & Rider Sponsored by Kevin Bell Farrier: THOMAS FRENCH
CHAMPION JUNIOR AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE SPONSORED BY ASHS NSW MANAGEMENT COUNCIL: Jock Stuart & Leggetts Opal Jewel
Championship Intermediate Mixed Sponsored by Horsewear Repairs
Runners Up: HUNTER VALLEY 1 Winners: SOUTH WEST SLOPES
Best No 1: DAN TREMBATH
Best No 2: ANASTASIA MARTIN
Best No 3: HUGH ANDERSON
Champion Intermediate Horse and Rider Sponsored by John Oliver Electrical: HUGH ANDERSON
Championship Intermediate Open Sponsored by Oakwood Leather Products & Horse Deals
Runners Up: SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS Winners: NORTH WEST PLAINS
Best No 1: MIKAYLA ELFORD
Best No 2: JULIA STUART
Best No 3: JACK MCKEMMEY
Champion Intermediate Horse and Rider Sponsored by Don MacDonald Woolbroker & Co: MIKAYLA ELFORD
INTERMEDIATE AUSTRALIAN STOCKHORSE SPONSORED BY THE ASHS NSW MANAGEMENT COUNCIL: Hugh Anderson & Condover Regas Ransome
Championship Masters Women Sponsored by Western Districts Polocrosse
Runners Up: RED TEAM Winners: WHITE TEAM
Best No 1: WENDY BARLOW
Best No 2: PENNY HEUSTON
Best No 3: KAYLENE WILSON
Champion Masters Female Horse & Rider sponsored by Bunnings: WENDY BARLOW
Championship Masters Men Sponsored by Western Districts Polocrosse
Runners Up: HUNTER VALLEY Winners: SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
Best No 1: BERNARD HALL
Best No 2: MICHEAL BARTON
Best No 3: GREG DAVIDGE
Champion Masters Male Horse & Rider sponsored by Bunnings: Greg Davidge & Future Beamer
MASTERS AUSTRALIAN STOCKHORSE SPONSORED BY ASHS NSW MANAGEMENT COUNCIL: Bernard Hall & Future Kiss
A Senior Mixed Sponsored by Portable Horse Stables
Runners Up HUNTER VALLEY 2 Winners: SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS 1
Best No 1: MICHEAL RICHARDS
Best No 2: MICHEAL HOCKINGS
Best No 3: STEPHEN SINDERBERRY
Championship Senior Mixed Sponsored by Hartin Schute Bell
Runners Up: WESTERN DISTRICTS Winners: NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND 1
Best No 1: RYLIE WARD
Best No 2: BRETT WOODWARD
Best No 3: ELLA ELKS
Champion Mixed Horse & Rider Sponsored by Leigh Stoddart & Co: ELLA ELKS
SENIOR MIXED AUSTRALIAN STOCKHORSE SPONSORED BY ASHS NSW MANAGEMENT COUNCIL: Byron Davidson & Mewburn Truth
Championship Womens Sponsored by Mathew Murray Saddlery
Runners Up: SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS Winners: SOUTHWEST SLOPES
Best No 1: CARLIE GRILLS
Best No 2: SANDRA WESTON
Best No 3 LUCY GRILLS
Champion Womens Horse & Rider Sponsored by Angus Barrett: LUCY GRILLS & BERRAGOON HALLIE
WOMENS AUSTRALIAN STOCKHORSE SPONSORED BY ASHS NSW MANAGEMENT COUNCIL: Lucy Grills & Berragoon Hallie:
Championship Mens Sponsored by Mathew Murray Saddler
Runners Up: SOUTH EAST QLD Winners: SOUTH WEST SLOPES
Best No 1: JIM GRILLS
Best No 2: ISLAY YOUNG
Best No 3: WILL WESTON
Champion Mens Horse & Rider Sponsored by Angus Barrett: JIM GRILLS & BERRAGOON SCARLET
MENS AUSTRALIAN STOCKHORSE SPONSORED BY ASHS NSW MANAGEMENT COUNCIL: Jim Grills & Berragoon Scarlet
Champion Horse & Rider of the Carnival Sponsored by Sweetbulk Feeds & RM Williams
LUCY GRILLS & Berragoon Hallie