Carnival of polocrosse this weekend

David Braithwaite

TWENTY-five teams from as far afield as South Australia and Albury will compete at the Sale Polocrosse Club Tournament this weekend.

Four grades will be contested during the two days at the Fulham polocrosse grounds, with qualification matches from 9am on Saturday and finals on Sunday.

The highlight of the weekend will be two twilight matches featuring some of the state’s best junior competitors.

The under 16 Allan Semmens Memorial match will be played from 4pm, before the under 21 challenge.

The matches will be provide an opportunity for the juniors to gain match experience under the pressure of playing in front of big crowds.

Among the locals taking part in the under 21 match will be Harry Semmens, who has selected in the national under 16s squad.

Fellow Sale Polocrosse Club member Corey Buys has been selected in the national open squad.

A Blue Bandage event will also be held to introduce people to polocrosse, with people interesting in taking part needing to email the club at salepolocrosse@gmail.com before the tournament.

Contributing to the festival atmosphere, there will be a food van on-site both days, with roast dinner, live music and an auction on Saturday night.

COVID-safe measures will be in place.

Entry will be free for spectators.