Local polocrosse star makes her mark on the world stage

2019-06-12 06:01
Jacquie Minnaar. photo: supplied

Jacquie Minnaar. photo: supplied

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THE Polocrosse World Cup, held in Warwick, Australia, in April saw Jacquie Minnaar, our home-grown Polocrosse player and a former student of Wembley College, take to the world stage after she was selected to play in the Polocrosse World Cup team, composed of four ladies and four men.

Minnaar was the youngest player at the World Cup, at the age of 19, and represented not only her country, but the Greytown community in fine style.

In the build-up to the prestigious event, the SA team toured to Zambia and Zimbabwe and also played an international against the Irish at the South Coast. The preparation went according to plan and the team arrived on Australian soil ready to perform.

Minnaar did well to hold her own in the high-speed games as one of the goal scorers. She made a positive impact in her scoring ability, so much so that she was awarded best lady player of the match against the UK.

The game against the UK was the first game she had ever played under lights, which added a new dynamic to the game.

Even though SA lost in the final to the hosting team, Australia, Minnaar is still able to hold her head high as she was an integral part of the success of the team.

The team was accompanied by Greytown’s own Patrick O’Sullivan as SA’s international umpire.

O’Sullivan, a former Springbok player himself, did a sterling job of umpiring intense international games where he conducted himself in an impartial and impeccable manner. He was highly sought after by other countries to umpire their games.

We, as the Greytown community, congratulate O’Sullivan and Minnaar for flying the Greytown and SA flag high.

“I would like to thank the sponsors from the Greytown and Kranskop areas,” Minnaar said. — Supplied.

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