Paddock polocrosse player shines for SA U19s

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

Jens Bunge was at his brilliant best for the South African men’s Under-19 polocrosse team during the three-Test series against the United Kingdom in Mooi River at the weekend.

The Paddock Polocrosse Club ace has been a mainstay in national squads throughout his junior career and starred in his maiden series for the Under-19s, scoring 20 goals.

The hosts line-up for the national anthems.

The hosts suffered a 27-13 defeat in the opening fixture on Friday and went down 25-19 the following day. They were able to finish the series on a high, though, claiming a narrow 23-22 win on Sunday.

Bunge was named the Best Men’s Player of the Series by the opposition and also clinched the Best Men’s Number One of the Series award.

“It was a great honour to be chosen to play in the SA Under-19 team,” Bunge, 17, told eHowzit.

“It was quite a step up to play at Under-19 level but we rose to the challenge and our game improved steadily against tough opposition. We played better every day and we were very pleased to win the third game.”

Jens Bunge (middle) was the standout player for the SA U19s. (Shannon Gilson)

He added, “The tour was a great opportunity to get to know people that I hadn’t played with before and make new friends. We had a great time! Our coach, Andrew Heynes, managed to get us to pull together as a team and play our best game.

“I would also like to thank my sponsor, Farmers Agricare, for helping to make this tour possible for us. It was a highlight of my polocrosse so far.”

The South African ladies’ Under-19 team claimed a clean sweep of wins (22-15, 28-20 and 24-21) over their United Kingdom counterparts, with Sam Gilson scooping the best player and best number one awards.

The SA men’s U19 team.

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