South Africa crowned Polocrosse World Cup champions on thrilling final day

2015-07-14 06:00
Photo: supplied
Natalie MacLarty (SA).

Photo: supplied Natalie MacLarty (SA).

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE Protea team was crowned the 2015 Polocrosse World Cup champions when they defeated Zambia in the finals held on Sunday 12 July at the Durban Shongweni Club. The South African team successfully defended their 2011 title in the all-African final; the runners-up Zambia climbed from eighth on the world rankings to number two. Over 5,000 spectators turned up to enjoy the final day’s action.

“Today has been a great milestone in South African Polocrosse history. The Proteas have now won the World Cup title twice in a row. It has been an honour for me to end my time as the IPC President on a high note with SA proving that they are the champions. I would like to thank every player from across the world for a great event,” commented Wessel Strauss, president of the International Polocrosse Council.

An on-form Zambian side came out flying in the final and they were quick to put goals on the scoreboard. The showdown proved to be a nail-biting affair with a goal scored every 52 seconds. The situation shifted in favour of the Proteas when the ladies team came out and scored five goals early on, this proved to be a game changer. The Protea men continued the charge to secure victory ahead of Zambia with 32 goals to 23.

“We are a proud nation and I am a proud president. To see an all-African final on African soil meant that Polocrosse was always going to be the winner today. I would like to salute our team for converting the pressure that they were under into focus and determination which saw them crowned champions,” commented Andre Truter, President: Polocrosse Association of South Africa.

“Zambia showed incredible commitment, talent and determination, never complaining or appealing umpires calls, they are a team of true sportsmen and women,” commented Mike Taylor, Vice President: Polocrosse Association of South Africa.

“Zambia, a Polocrosse playing country with not more than 50 odd registered players, showed true grit and determination today. Their coach, Henry Harris, management, and supporters – fondly referred to as the Zamie Army - should be proud,” added Taylor.

The play-off for third and fourth place never disappointed, the United Kingdom (UK) came out firing and even led by putting the first goal on the board. The courageous UK side continued to put up a brave fight against an extremely talented and experienced Australian team. Australia went on to secure a well-deserved victory with 25 goals to 19 to finish third overall. The UK side moved up in the world rankings from sixth up to fourth. Australia retained third place in the world rankings.

“The UK did really well against a strong Australian side – both sides will leave tournament looking forward to the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup; they can pat themselves on the back for never disappointing their spectators and fans right up until the end,” said Andre Truter, President: Polocrosse Association of South Africa.

For more information and to follow the event, visit the official Facebook page - Polocrosse World Cup South Africa and the Twitter page - @PolocrosseSA, the official event hashtag is #PolocrosseWC.

IT HAS BEEN AN HONOUR FOR ME TO END MY TIME AS THE IPC PRESIDENT ON A HIGH NOTE WITH SA PROVING THAT THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERY PLAYER FROM ACROSS THE WORLD FOR A GREAT EVENT

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.