SUNNY but cold, windy conditions provided perfect conditions for the U14 Junior International Polocrosse Tournament final between South Africa and Zambia last weekend. The tournament, hosted at the Paddock Polocrosse Club between August 4 and 6, saw a fairly young and inexperienced South African team being emphatically beaten by the older, more experienced Zambians. South African captain, Jake Shaw, was injured during the second match on Saturday, but continued playing despite his injuries. The Golden Pony award went to Cupcake, owned by South African, Lauren Heynes. Heynes, 10, the youngest player in the tournament, also won the award for the Best Girl Player. 12-year-old Zambian, Daniel Mawson won the Best Boy Player award. He also won both the Best No 1 position and the Best No 3 position. Amorette Du Toit of Zambia, won the Best No 2 position. Sam Heynes, Polocrosse South Africa Junior President said: “I think the Zambians were just that much older than us. Team South Africa was a fairly young team, but our kids did well. It was a great weekend overall and we look forward to playing this type of tournament annually.” Ryan Pretorius of the Paddock Polocrosse Club said: “It’s the first time our club hosted an international tournament. We look forward to hosting more international matches soon.” He also congratulated the Zambians on their victory and both teams for their great effort and skill. He thanked the club’s management and members for their contributions to making the tournament a success. - Supplied.