CLOSE CALL: Dave Sargood reaches for the ball at the DJ's Produce Charleville Polocrosse Carnival at the weekend.
CLOSE CALL: Dave Sargood reaches for the ball at the DJ's Produce Charleville Polocrosse Carnival at the weekend. Leonie Eckel

CARNIVAL PULLS THE TEAMS

Polocrosse: Riders and their noble steeds made the trip to Charleville last weekend to compete in the club's annual polocrosse carnival.

This year was the first year the carnival was labelled as DJ's Produce Charleville Polocrosse Carnival.

A total of 96 riders and 16teams, 10 teams being sub-juniors, competed in the weekend event.

Charleville Polocrosse president Evan Brassington said it was the biggest carnival attendance the club had experienced in a few years.

"We had teams scattered from Wandoan, Warwick, Longreach, Dirranbandi and Roma, and it was great to see teams from the eastern side make the effort to come,” he said.

"We hope to improve for next year and be able to rope in a few more teams.”

This year's A-grade competition was described by Brassington as being the toughest yet.

"The teams you thought would win on paper didn't win, it was really good polocrosse.

"A grade results went back on a countback to decide a winner.”

Team Roma 1 was crowned winner in the A grade with a total of 41 points, followed by Warwick 1 on 40 and Wandoan securing third with 39 points.

B grade also finished with a countback and it was the home side of Charleville 1 that beat Quilpie 1 and Roma2 for first place.

Wandoan 2 won the C grade division followed by Eulo and Roma 3, while Cunnamulla/Thargomindah took home first place in the D grade.

On Saturday evening the club put on a show for competitors and locals with a bar and live music from Stewart Sloan and his band.

"It was a good crowd at our function on the Saturday night and it was great the town got behind it and supported the event,” Brassington said.


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