A Capella polocrosse player takes to the saddle at the Emerald carnival earlier this year.
A Capella polocrosse player takes to the saddle at the Emerald carnival earlier this year. Sam Woods

Capella polo strong on home turf

CAPELLA Polocrosse Club will field at least two teams in this weekend's Capricorn Zone Carnival on home turf in Capella.

The long-running Central Highlands club has drawn on its enduring relationships with former Capella players who they find are returning to the club after a number of years out of the game.

"We've been getting a good, young influx of people," Capella Polocrosse Club secretary Sharon Fletcher said.

"We're getting people who left as juniors are starting to come back into polocrosse."

She named former Capella player Ben Dobson as one those who initially moved out of the area for work, but had since returned to the club with his wife Sarah and their children.

For others such as Justin Robinson, Fletcher said the sport was still a fairly new concept but one with which he was quickly coming to grips.

One player who doesn't need any direction is club veteran John Merritt, who has put in more consecutive years at the club than any other.

At the club's last outing on Central Highlands' soil, Capella emerged victorious after defeating Emerald 13-8 in the D-Grade final at Pioneer Park in Emerald.

But the Capella juniors were not as fortunate and were edged out narrowly by Emerald in the Junior B-Grade final.

Teams from Emerald, Alton Downs, Bauhinia, north to St Lawrence and every place in between are expected to attend this weekend's meet at Bridgeman Park in Capella.

Action starts about 9am on Saturday and recommences about 8am on Sunday.


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