The Tuwharetoa Polocrosse Carnival on the 13 & 14th of February was hugely successful. We had 30 teams enter which meant we had around 180 people competing and around 200 fine tuned athletic horses. As you drove down to the Turangi Park it was an awesome sight as horse trucks and floats spread across the Polocrosse Grounds.
It was exciting on Saturday morning at our 8.00am karakia as people from all walks of life and all areas of NZ presented respective team uniform, knowing that in the two hours previously each and every one of these people were in pyjamas in the raining mist of our Turangi weather. Hair on end, still wiping the paru from their eyes as they took the utmost of care to ensure their horses were fed at 6.00am with the right amount of grains, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and fattening agents to keep the athletes going. Horses come first before us. 90% of the game is our horses, then I guess you have to be able to ride them, swing a racket, catch a ball and think about the game.
During that time our Tuwharetoa Marquee was buzzing from 6.00am (as it is every Polocrosse weekend) with caring Camp mothers and fathers cooking breakfast and donging pots on the heads of those silly enough to remain in bed. By the way, bed for us all consists of the back of a horse truck for those lucky; tents, horsefloats and Aussie Swags scattered between trucks – our weekend accommodation from December to April!!
Our grounds at Turangi have been touted by Polocrosse experts as the best in the Southern Hemisphere. People want to come here to play Polocrosse more often. Big buzz for Turangi.
Tuwharetoa fielded five teams and everyone had a ball. On Saturday night we had a “Trivia Challenge” where Sharlyn Holt had a laptop and projected many questions etc onto the big marquee sides. The marquee by the way was filled by at least 100 smiling faces as we battled it out pitting intellects, singing, dancing talents against the next team. Fabulous night had by all and a little bit of fund-raising gained also. By the way, we will be available to run these for others as a fundraiser for our kids going overseas.
NZ Junior (Under 16) team to travel to Australia in April was confirmed subject to availability:
Taumai Duff-Marshall & Taylor Te Akau from our club were named. Also two other Tuwharetoa kids – Kiriana Butlerr (Wanganui) and Maia Jones (Auckland) are part of that squad.
Three NZ teams were named to play an Australian team in Otorohanga on 13/14 March, named from our squad were: Savannah Larsen-Church, PJ Dempsey, Sharlyn Holt, Danielle Kenny, Shay Williams.