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Polished Polocrosse Performances Net England the Win

Polocrosse players representing England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland headed to Celyn Polocrosse Club, Cheshire, for the second ever Pony Club Polocrosse Home International, following the event’s successful introduction in 2015.

The event kicked off on 19 July with a three day training camp before two days of hotly contested competition on 22-23 July where players gave it their all to clinch the top spot in their sections of Seniors (under 25 years), Juniors (under 16) and Minis (under 13) and get their hands on the Triple Diamond Trophy; presented to the winning nation, based on the match results between the nations, with the scores across all three age groups added together.

Day one saw Wales storm to an early lead with a nine goal difference over Triple Diamond Trophy holders England, who put in some strong performances to lie in second place at the close of play.

It was all to play for on day two, and after another exciting day of competition the final placings mirrored those of 2015; with England being crowned overall champions, helped by a stunning Junior team performance, Mini and Open winners Wales finishing in 2nd place, Northern Ireland 3rd and Scotland 4th.

Fin Bristow was part of the 2015 and 2017 winning England Junior teams. He said: “The event was very memorable for the England team as we fought hard to bring home the Triple Diamond Trophy for the second time. Each team member trained very hard even throughout the winter months at arena events to continue to develop their skills and refine their game in addition to taking Pony Club riding tests and attending regular rallies.”

Fin went on to thank England Coach Chris Milburn, Team Manager Becky Davies, Pony Club Polocrosse Secretary Laura Armstrong and Greyhill 4x4 for their support in sponsoring the England team and for their encouragement from the sidelines.

Fin hopes he and his sister Tegan will be chosen to represent England in the 2019 Home International; Tegan for the Junior team and he would like to progress play at Open level.

Section results were

- Open competition: 1st Wales, 2nd Northern Ireland, 3rd England and 4th Northern Ireland
- Junior competition: 1st England, 2nd Northern Ireland, 3rd Wales and 4th Scotland
- Mini competition: 1st Wales, 2nd England, 3rd Scotland and 4th Northern Ireland

Wales Open player Sophia Harpin picked up the Mark Simkin Memorial Trophy for the Best Sportsman, with judges commenting she truly embodied the spirit of Pony Club Polocrosse. The award not only recognised Sophia for the talent and sportsmanship she showed throughout the week, but also the work she has done in developing the sport through coaching.

Polocrosse is an action-packed team game which is rapidly growing in popularity. The Pony Club offers Polocrosse to all ages and abilities; with numerous opportunities to train and compete at all levels. For more information click HERE

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