World-class action at polocrosse guaranteed

2017-05-17 06:00
Jean Hackland from Bishopstowe will take part in the Land Rover Durban High Goal Polocrosse in June.PHOTO: Shannon Gilson

Jean Hackland from Bishopstowe will take part in the Land Rover Durban High Goal Polocrosse in June.PHOTO: Shannon Gilson

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THE stage is set for the second Land Rover Durban High Goal polocrosse event, which will be hosted at the Durban Shongweni Club between June 23 and 25, where South Africa’s top players will be showcasing their talent.

“This fast-paced, high intensity sport is quickly gaining momentum, especially among spectators. The ‘high goal’ is the highlight of the polocrosse season, with players of international calibre competing at KZN’s premiere equestrian club,” said chairman of the Shongweni Polocrosse Club, Brent Von Benecke.

Similar to last year’s inaugural competition, there will be eight teams – four men’s and four ladies - competing for the top spot in the high goal competition. Each team consists of six highly ranked players.

In polocrosse, each player is given a handicap, indicating his or her level of skills, ranging from 0 (beginner) to 10 (highest ranking). In a high-goal competition, the team’s total combined handicap must average between 42 and 45 for men’s teams and 26-28 for the ladies teams.

Land Rover, the event’s main sponsor, will also be sponsoring a team in each of the men’s and ladies categories.

“This is the premier event on the polocrosse calendar, assuring spectators a weekend of competitive, high intensity action,” said André Schrenk, dealer principal of Jaguar Land Rover Durban.

“This sport is an ideal fit for our brand, as Land Rover owners are people with a sense of adventure,” added Schrenk.

Schrenk said the inaugural high goal last year exceeded all their expectations.

This year’s event has a surprise element of wild-card players in both the men’s and ladies competitions.

“We have this year decided to include lady wild-cards which we hadn’t included last year. Also this year’s wild cards in both the ladies and men’s divisions are all of the top players so this creates much excitement about teams and who shall be bought by each team, thus giving us an unknown outcome on the winners,” said Shongweni Polocrosse Committee member Sam Heynes. According to Heynes, wild card players will be auctioned off to the highest bidding teams at a gala dinner on June 22.

“We are so looking forward to this year’s high goal. We have some Australian players flying in again this year which brings much hype and excitement to the event,” said Sam Heynes, on behalf of the Shongweni Polocrosse Committee. Heynes expressed the committee’s gratitude to Land Rover for being an integral part of their polocrosse club and the high goal. The Land Rover High Goal will see world-class polocrosse action daily between 8am and 4.30pm with six games per day.

Each game is divided into six-minute chukkas alternating between the men’s and women’s teams. This event will be a perfect family outing, with vendors on the outskirts, jumping castles and children’s entertainment, as well as festivities in the evening after the day’s matches.For more information, visit the Facebook page, Land Rover Durban High Goal Polocrosse 2017. - Supplied.

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