Ashlee, Holly & Keely Sturgess
2021 Half Year Recap
A slow to start to the year with Ashlee’s Interschool horse being lame, so we put all of our attention into Polocrosse. All three girls were selected to represent Queensland at the Covid Cup, hosted by the Albury Polocrosse Club.
This was an interstate event with teams from Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia represented. Ashlee and Holly were part of the U17 B Mixed team and Keely in the U13 team.
Both Ashlee and Keely were chosen as the Captains of their teams.
Given Keely only just turned 11 we were excited for her to have the opportunity.
The NSW Polocrosse Association put on an outstanding two days of Coaching for all of the Juniors attending, which was a great way to meet not only their own team but the other teams playing. Keely’s team started with a Win against NSW 2 which was a great confidence boost. They unfortunately lost in extra time to Tasmania. Then they went out firing against the NSW 1 side but unfortunately came up short, and after a goal count back missed out on the final. All in all a very close competition in the Under 13 yrs division.
Ashlee and Holly had a narrow loss to WA in their first game, a few nerves to start the first chukka didn't help. They had some tough competition against NSW 1 and Qld 1, but finished off with another close game against NSW 2. It was a great trip for their first time wearing the Queensland colours.
On our return home we have attended a number of carnivals with the girls aim to be considered for the Queensland Nationals Teams in 2022. On the spare weekends we attended a few of the local shows. Ashlee had her other horse back in for the Chinchilla Show, having a super weekend winning Champion District Hack, both Champion Senior Girl rider and Champion DIstrict Rider. Only to be beaten by Mum for Supreme Rider of the Show. She also won the 60cm and 80cm showjumping, a place in the 90cm and Junior 6 Bar and two super rounds in the 1m classes.
Between the rain and Covid lockdowns again we hope to get to the remaining carnivals on the polocrosse calendar and fingerscrossed another opportunity to play in the mighty maroon colours.