Paddock polocrosse star plays pivotal role for SA

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South Coast polocrosse ace Amber Pretorius starred as the South African ladies A-team triumphed in the quadrangular tournament in Mooi River recently.

The side galloped to the title in an unbeaten campaign that saw them claim convincing wins over the United Kingdom, USA and the South African B-team.

Having represented South Africa at all junior age-group levels, Pretorius made the leap to the senior ranks in style by thriving in all three positions for SA ‘A’.

The Paddock Polocrosse Club star helped her side get off to a perfect start with a 32-11 win over USA in Friday’s opening fixture.

They continued their momentum on Saturday when they saw off SA ‘B’ 27-13 and completed a clean sweep with a 25-17 victory over the UK in the final.

“It felt good playing for the A-team and I enjoyed playing with a great team of ladies,” she told eHowzit.

“It’s always a great feeling singing your country’s national anthem as well as a privilege.

“Playing in internationals, the level of polocrosse is always of a good standard and competitive, so it’s awesome that we managed to win.

“It was great meeting new people from around the world and getting to play my sister’s horse, which went really well, and also another stepping stone to add to my experience in my polocrosse career.”

Her sister Paige and fellow Paddock Polocrosse Club members Kenan Classen and Jens Bunge will represent South Africa in the junior test series against Zambia and Zimbabwe in Richmond next month.

Photos by Shannon Gilson

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