UK polocrosse team South Africa-bound for world cup

  • Eight UK polocrosse players will be heading to South Africa this summer for the 2015 world cup.

    The UK team will be captained by Debbie Harris, the most-capped player in UK polocrosse history.

    The players will be coached by former captain, and H&H blogger, Jason Webb and includes Max Pedley and Joel Sics who are both making their world cup debuts. Max, at 16, is the youngest player the UK has ever called up to its open team.

    The other male player is Danny Duhig who played in the 2011 World Cup.

    Danny’s wife Rachel Duhig (nee Gayler) played for the USA in 2011 but now represents the UK, alongside Charlotte Pykett and Kerry Bean.

    “We have an exciting mix of experience and youth who can’t wait to get out and make their mark on the tournament,” said Jason.

    The team will travel to South Africa at the end of June to spend a week working with their allocated horses.

    Each team has five days to work with their horses for one hour a day before playing their opening match.

    “Obviously the pool of horses we are allocated will have an effect but I have every confidence in the team’s horsemanship and riding abilities to form great partnerships with them in a short space of time,” added Jason.

    The UK team faces competition from seven other counties including the hotly-tipped South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

    Hosts South Africa are the reigning champions, while Zimbabwe finished second at the last World Cup.

    The other countries taking part are the double world champions Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the USA.

    For more information visit www.ukpolocrosse.co.uk

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