Taylor Martlem with her grandfather, Ian, and (inset) Longreach takes a run at the carnival.
Taylor Martlem with her grandfather, Ian, and (inset) Longreach takes a run at the carnival.

Competition tough at zone carnival

RIVALRY among the Central Highlands' polocrosse clubs looks to be as strong as ever, with Capella mustering a win over Emerald in the C-grade final at the Capricorn Zone Carnival at Capella.

Capella's B-grade side almost equalled the feats of its third-grade counterparts, with a narrow 12-8 loss to Calliope in its weekend final.

Capella co-club captain and B-grade defender Richard Wilson said the runners-up title was the club's best result this season, with the scores neck-and-neck throughout much of the match.

"The first three quarters was very close. It was only towards the end they started to get away from us," Wilson said.

"It was a high level of competition."

Capella defender and four-year club veteran Clinton Fletcher had a blinder in the back and was strong all game, according to Wilson.

Teammates Craig Merritt and Ben Dobson also delivered solid performances on home soil.

Wilson said they had the wood over their regional rivals Emerald in B-grade, defeating them in an earlier match that weekend.

"It's always good to beat Emerald. There is always a healthy rivalry," he said.

The forever-strong Bauhinia Polocrosse Club took out top honours in the A-grade final, with a win over a St Lawrence-Nebo combined side.

There will be little rest for Capricorn teams in the coming weeks, with back-to-back carnivals making for a busy playing schedule.

Wilson said the Capella club hoped to field another two teams at this weekend's carnival in Taroom.

But with team line-ups often affected by player availability, he could not guarantee another top-two finish.

"The teams change every weekend. We were just particularly good last weekend," he said.

Clubs will also be gearing up for the State Polocrosse Championships at Cunningham on September 2-4.


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