Quintin van Jaarsveld
Locals showed why they are among the premier polocrosse players in South Africa when Paddock Polocrosse Club hosted its annual interclub tournament at the weekend.
A total of 94 players, from South African World Cup stars to Pee Wees, converged on the Rust Bucket Oribi Museum and produced two pulsating days of polocrosse.
Amber and Paige Pretorius, Jens Bunge and Kenan Classen, who represented South Africa during the recent test series against Australia, were some of the South Coast players who seized the opportunity to play in front of their home crowd and hit the ground running when the tournament got underway on Saturday.
When it was all set and done on Sunday, two locals clinched individual awards and Paddock teams placed third in each of the three divisions the host club participated in.
Amber, playing for Nyati E, was acknowledged as the Girls Player of the Tournament and Kenan shared the Best Boys Player of the Tournament award with Shongweni’s Chad Von Benecke.
Nyati A emerged as the championship winners and Shongweni A as the handicap winners.
The Paddock A team, consisting of Josh Halle, Jens and Sebastian King, finished third in the B Division, where Bishopstowe B bagged the win and Paddock’s Paige and her Nyati F teammates Paige Vallee and Sarah Cawood were the handicap winners.
Bishopstowe C and Tegwaans were the C division championship and handicap winners, while Hilton B (championship winners) and Umvoti A (handicap winners) were the top teams in the D Division.
The Paddock B team of Sven Bunge, Paige Valle and Liam Classen were third in this division.
So too were the Paddock C team made up of King trio Sebastian, Olivia and Nicholas in the F Division, where the championship and handicap honours went to Shongweni F and D.
The coveted Men’s and Ladies Player of the Tournament awards went to Nyati stars Travis Timm and Natalie Maclarty, with Stuart Odell (Under-19) and Amy Cocker (Under-23) crowned Bomber Nel Trophy Trick Stick champions.
Timm’s Fuse was named Golden Pony, while the Best Dressed team prizes went to Nyati E (Amber, Natalie and Jacquie Minnaar) and Kargspost A (Steve Gilson, Sam Gilson and Sean Gilson).