Polocrosse hits Wandoan
Polocrosse: Wandoan has earned a unique place in polocrosse history, hosting the first women-only competition at the Queensland State Club Polocrosse Championships at the weekend.
Tansey defeated Warwick to win the women's A-grade trophy and also claimed the open A-grade award, while a Chinchilla team took out the open B-grade category.
More than 500 players and 900 spectators visited Wandoan, battling dust and a heatwave to play in the hotly contested open, mixed, women's and junior categories.
Senex Energy, the developer of Project Atlas - Australia's first dedicated domestic gas acreage at Wandoan - sponsored one of the playing fields.
Wandoan Polocrosse Club spokesman Jason Erbacher said the women's competition came about after successful women-only carnivals earlier in the season and a move by Queensland Polocrosse to recognise female players more.
"There's been a lot of development and promotion aimed at women because of the talent we are seeing and this is the first time we've had a women-only competition at state level,” Erbacher said.
About 70 teams competed in the championships from Thursday to Sunday.
"We were blown away with the turnout and having people come from as far away as Bowen, Pyramid and Thargomindah was fantastic, given the dry season,” he said.
Host club Wandoan beat Tambo in the junior A-grade comp, with Wandoan player Jasmine Bowden named best overall junior player. Her horse, Yarrawa Emmy Lou, was named junior Australian Stock Horse champion of the carnival.
Senex community relations manager Trevor Robertson said an event such as this was great for Wandoan, boosting the economy and giving people a lift during drought.
"This competition has not only shown off the wonderful spirit, energy and high standard of Wandoan Polocrosse Club members, it has given up-and-coming polocrosse players from the best clubs in Queensland an opportunity to compete against the best in Wandoan.”