Calliope’s Stacey Bowden.
Calliope’s Stacey Bowden.

Home side pipped in exciting final at polocrosse carnival

THE locals were narrowly pipped in the A-grade final of the Calliope Polocrosse Carnival on Sunday.

Calliope went down to Taroom in the decider of the annual event, which featured a two-day club competition coupled with Saturday evening's Night Chukka.

The tournament was an overwhelming success, Calliope Polocrosse Club secretary Jim Neill-Ballantine said.

"(Teams are) coming from as far west as Capella, Emerald, Bauhinia and Alton Downs, and north of us we have teams like St Lawrence/Nebo, and we have teams from Wandoan, Taroom and there's a few here from the Darling Downs," he said.

"And of course Calliope's got four teams as it's the local club."

A key member of the Calliope A-grade team is current Queensland representative Stacey Bowden, who starred in her side's win over St Lawrence/Nebo on Saturday morning.

"We're having not too bad a run at the moment," she said after Saturday's game.

"It's pretty warm out there and it's pretty humid at the moment but we've been getting a bit of ball with these guys behind me so I've been bringing it down, which has been really good.

"We've got a good side. We've been playing this sort of side for the last three weekends and we're having a good run so far so it's been a bit of fun anyway."

While sportsmanship and enjoyment were of ultimate importance, there was still plenty of competition on offer, with national titles next month as well as prizemoney up for grabs, said Neill-Ballantine, who is an experienced polocrosse player.

"There's prizemoney offered tonight (in the Night Chukka) as well as trophies, perpetual trophies and horse rugs on offer for A-grade winners," he said.

"It's just one of those sports, as long as you keep yourself pretty fit and what not you can play with your grandkids.

"It's very family orientated and of course one of the great things with polocrosse I've found over the decades is it's just like a small community - everybody looks after everybody."

Bowden, who has played polocrosse for 20 years, had spoken of the team's chances on Saturday, predicting if they continued on their winning ways another title would be theirs.

Unfortunately though the locals fell just short at the final hurdle, going down 15-10 in the final to the visiting Taroom outfit.

Carnival results:

  •  A-grade: Taroom def Calliope
  •  B-grade: Calliope def St Lawrence/Nebo
  •  C-grade: Taroom def Alton Downs
  •  Night Chukka: Won by Kiwi Pig Hunters

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