Protea Polocrosse team aim to Make South Africa proud in the 2015 WORLD CUP

2015-06-23 06:00
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Celicia Jacobs (Delmas, Mpumalanga).

PHOTO: supplied Celicia Jacobs (Delmas, Mpumalanga).

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THE Protea Polocrosse team will compete against the world’s top international teams at the Durban Shongweni Club, in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN).

The Polocrosse World Cup official opening ceremony will commence on 2 July, with the first round pool games starting on 3 July; semi-finals and finals will be taking place from 10 to 12 July. Teams will be arriving from the United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and along with the South

African team, will be competing for the prestigious title of world champions.

The Protea polocrosse side consists of eight celebrated sportsmen and sportswomen; Jean Hackland (Bishopstowe, KZN), Celicia Jacobs (Delmas, Mpumalanga), Cayley Higgs (Richmond, KZN), Natalie MacLarty (Elandslaagte, KZN and Pretoria), Gavin Cocker (Cato Ridge, KZN),

Jan-Albert Steenkamp (Wellington, Western Cape), Graham MacLarty (Elandslaagte, KZN) and Travis Timm (Mooi River, KZN).

The Protea polocrosse team has plenty of support and expertise behind them including their team manager Helene Steenkamp, sports psychologist Kirsten van Heerden and Dr Sherylle Calder the visual skills coach.

South Africa proved themselves in 2011 by earning the Polocrosse World Cup title after beating Zimbabwe in the final held in England.

Full of talent and experience the current Protea Polocrosse team look set to be firm favorites to retain their title at the 2015 Polocrosse World Cup.

The international players have attracted an estimated 600 foreign visitors and the tournament organizers are anticipating 10,000 supporters to fill the venue, heightening tourism in KZN.

The teams will consist of eight players a side, played on horseback, the game is a fusion of the classic polo sport and lacrosse.

Each player has a fibreglass cane with a racquet-headed, loose net attached to the end to carry the sponge ball; the aim is to get the ball through the opposing team’s goal.

PASA (the Polocrosse Association of South Africa) is honoured to be hosting this event and hope to see the Protea polocrosse team taking the lead on home soil.

The local Polocrosse community selflessly provided 130 A-grade horses for the international players. Each international team will draw a pool of 16 horses for the tournament.

The eight international teams will be split into two pools according to their world ranking.

The South African polocrosse team finds itself at number one in the world with Zimbabwe close behind in 2nd place.

The rest of the countries are placed as follows; Australia in 3rd, then following USA, New Zealand, England, Ireland and Zambia coming in at 8th in the world rankings.

The pools are split as follows; pool A includes South Africa, USA, New Zealand and Zambia and pool B is made up of Zimbabwe, Australia, England and Ireland. The teams will compete within each pool, with the

top scoring teams from each advancing to the semi-finals.

Visit www.polocrosse.co.za for VIP tickets; general admission tickets can be purchased on the day at a cost of R20 per person, entrance for children under the age of 12 is free. - Supplied

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