Players from the Western Australian junior team watch the seniors game at Tansey's annual polocrosse carnival on Sunday, July 3.
Players from the Western Australian junior team watch the seniors game at Tansey's annual polocrosse carnival on Sunday, July 3. Keagan Elder

Tansey Polocrosse Club helps out developin WA team

THE Western Australian junior squad had to wait until their last game before they could get a taste of a win.

Western Australia went to toe-to-toe with Cunningham in the last fixture round.

Coach Heather Dunlop said Western Australia finished full-time with 11 goals apiece to force the game into a golden goal decider.

Luckily. Western Australia scored the decider to take out their first and only win at the weekend.

Dunlop said the junior squad who ventured over were a development squad which had shown an eagerness to compete in the next National Titles to be held in Perth in 2018.

"They're very young; some of them are 12 or 14," she said.

By the time the National Titles come around, Dunlop said she hoped her team would have developed further in the sport and ready to compete at a higher level.

"Most of them will play in the Under-16 team for the Nationals," she said.

Despite the lack of positive results, Dunlop said her team took a lot away from the week-long stay at Tansey.

"We've been losing games but they've been learning," she said.

Dunlop said it was always going to be difficult for her riders on borrowed horses as they lacked the familiarity they would have if they were on their own horses.

But Dunlop said it was a good way to further develop her team.

Dunlop said Western Australia polocrosse lacked the depth of clubs on the eastern coast as there were fewer players in each club.

"At home we don't have the numbers in the top level," she said.

Unlike other sports, Dunlop said polocrosse was like a family which extended support to other clubs even if they were competitors.

Dunlop stayed at the Hafey's property for more than a week with the WA team.

She said her team learned a lot about the sport from their visit to the Tansey club.

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