HARD-FOUGHT AFFAIR: Round three of Chinchilla v Warwick D grade at a previous Chinchilla Polocrosse Carnival.
HARD-FOUGHT AFFAIR: Round three of Chinchilla v Warwick D grade at a previous Chinchilla Polocrosse Carnival. FILE

High expectations for 2018 polocrosse season.

ALTHOUGH they are boasting their strongest membership numbers in 2018, the Chinchilla Polocrosse Club is always seeking new players.

President Murray Sturgess said if anyone had a horse and saddle and a passion for sport, their club is a great place to make a start in the game.

"There is ample opportunity at every level, from our top Australian rep players to the beginner,” he said.

"Polocrosse is and has always been a very friendly, family oriented and an interactive community that the whole family can be involved in.

"Players from all over the state and indeed Australia, spectate, play and party as if they were close friends; it is a truly friendly atmosphere.”

For those interested in playing, mini juniors can start non-competitively when they are able to ride by themselves, which traditionally suits players from 6-7 years.

Once they are considered competent, they progress to the competitive junior category which are for riders 16 and under.

For the older riders, there is an U21 competition as well and an U30 competition at zone and state level.

In the masters category, they play in their own competition at selected carnivals, however they also usually play in the senior competition at other carnivals.

Chinchilla Polocrosse Club sponsorship director Renee Richards echoed Sturgess's comments, saying the club boasted some excellent coaches that will help new players learn the basics of the game in a fun and supportive way.

"You don't have to play a whole season, if you want to come along to practise or play one game, you can do that too,” she said

Richards also alluded to the numerous fitness benefits synonymous with polocrosse.

"Horse riding is a great way to keep your core strong,” she said.

"Even though you are sitting on a horse, you need to use a lot of muscles you probably didn't know you had to stay on there and to play the game of polocrosse,” she said.

"There is a certain level of physical fitness required, you need to be horse fit and so does your horse.”

This month's carnival is sure to be a resounding success and will be be the first of many fantastic events hosted by the Chinchilla Polocrosse Club in 2018.

The club will stage its second carnival for 2018 on August 4-5.

This carnival is the major event for the playing season and one of the lead-up events to the State Club Championships held on the first weekend of September.

For more information on the club, visit the Chinchilla Polocrosse Club Facebook page.