Bay ready to host prestige polocrosse events

2016-06-15 06:00
Port Elizabeth Polocrosse Club won the bids to present two polocrosse tournaments in July.                                       Photo: SUPPLIED

Port Elizabeth Polocrosse Club won the bids to present two polocrosse tournaments in July. Photo: SUPPLIED

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PORT Elizabeth will host two auspicious polocrosse events next month as the PE Polocrosse Club in Kragga Kamma Road won the bids to present both the Interprovincial Polocrosse Tournament and an international tournament.

The Interprovincial Tournament is first up and will take place from July 1 to 3.

The tournament is set to lure top players from five provinces as it is a selection tournament. Any player hoping to take part in an international tournament next year, will have to prove his or her mettle to fulfil the criteria if hoping to be selected.

PE Polocrosse member, Nadine Low Ah Kee, said they also hoping to see in action one or two of the only three 10-handicap players who should ensure some fast and furious action.

“The international tournament will take place on July 15, 16 and 17. We are incredibly excited about this tournament as the last time PE hosted an international event was in 1993.

“Top Australian junior polocrosse players will travel to PE to take on the cream of our SA Junior crop in the U/16 and U/21 age groups. Adding to the action, Zambia will be sending a Vets team to do battle with a South African Vets line up,” Low Ah Kee said.

She added that they are very proud of the brother and sister duo, Shane and Tayla Mansfield, who play for PE and who will represent South Africa in the U/21 division.

“It’s a wonderful achievement and they follow in the footsteps of their parents, John and Leigh Mansfield, who achieved Springbok Colours, John being one of the rare few to attain a 10-handicap.

“As a club we are working hard to ensure these tournaments will be memorable and successful events. There will be various food vendors attending and wonderful kiddie entertainment, including a jumping castle and pony rides.

“Polocrosse is a thrilling sport partnering horse and human. It requires lightning fast reflexes, as well as stamina. It is exhilarating to play, just as exciting to watch and whether an equine enthusiast or not, the skill required from both player and steed is easy to admire.

“South Africa is currently Polocrosse World Cup Champions, having successfully defended their 2011 World Cup title last year at the Shongweni Sports Club in Kwa-Zulu Natal. A feat we are all very proud of,” Low Ah Kee said.

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