I first came across this sport when I did my Certificate II in Horse Studies in high school – a couple of the students played and brought their polocrosse sticks (like a lacrosse racket) and cantered around the large indoor arena, throwing and catching a ball with their rackets. Looked like fun! But way too much coordination required for me!
While in South Africa I came to be on a five day trail with a woman who played on the Australian team for awhile and she could only sing praises of the sport.
Polocrosse is truly Australian made and is a combination of polo, lacrosse and netball. As stated on the Australian Association’s Website, “It is played on horseback, each rider using a cane stick, made up of a polo stick shaft to which is attached a squash racquet type head with a loose twisted-thread net, in which the ball is carried.” Despite being Australian made, it has gained interest around the world.
Consists of two teams, each with six players. These six players are divided into two lots of three who play alternate chukkas that last up to eight minutes in length. A full game is six or eight chukkas meaning that players get to play three or four chukkas each.
Each player has a different role – attack, centre or defense. The goals that are scored by each lot of three are added up to make the team’s total score at the end of the game.
Horses needed – number:
Unlike polo, polocrosse only allows the use of one horse per match/tournament except in the case of injury.
Potential costs involved:
Horse, tack, polocrosse equipment â€“ helmut, boots, kneeguards and mallets, shoeing regularly, vet bills, rugs, feeding and stabling. Game entries, tuition.
Links to associations:
http://www.polocrosse.org.au/ – The Polocrosse Association of Australia Inc.
http://www.polocrosse-deutschland.de/ – Germany’s Official Polocrosse Club.
http://www.polocrosse.net/ – Polocrosse Worldwide.
http://polocrossecanada.com/ – Canada’s Polocrosse Organisation.
http://www.polocrosse.ie/ – Irish Polocrosse Association.
http://www.ridesenter.net/polocrosse/ – Norsk Polocrosse Klubb
http://www.polocrosse.co.za/ – Polocrosse South Africa.
“If you don’t fall, you aren’t riding hard enough.”