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Welcome to the 2024
Ignition Group Polocrosse
World Cup

It’s not just a game; it’s an adrenaline-pumping sport that combines polo and lacrosse to showcase both horse and rider’s agility and coordination.

About Polocrosse 

The game Polocrosse is a combination of polo, la crosse and netball. It is played on horseback, each rider using a cane stick, made up of a cane shaft to which attached is a squash racquet type head with a loose twisted thread net, in which the ball is carried. The stick may be of any length, usually 102 to 116cm overall. The ball is made of a thick- skinned sponge rubber approximately 31cm in circumference. Each player is permitted only one pony in each match of tournament, except in case of an injury when a substitute pony can be played.

Although there is no restriction to the height of the ponies used, it is generally accepted that the ideal height should not exceed 15.2 hands.

A team consists of 6 players, divided into two sections of three, who play alternate chukkas of eight minutes each, of which six chukkas comprise a full match, unless an international/World Cup when this is eight chukkas. The three players in each section consist of a number one “attack”, a number two “centre” and a number three “defence” player. The total aggregate of goals scored by the two sections in each team constitutes the final score.

The Polocrosse World Cup 

SA , Australia and the UK are the only countries who have hosted World cups in the past. The biggest challenge in hosting a world cup is the large number of horses needed. The host country has to supply 128 horses. These horses are kindly  lent to the World cup by the playing members of the hosting country. Last time SA hosted the World Cup was in 2015 at this very same venue, where SA won a back- to-back World Cup. The 2019 World Cup was held in Australia where Australia took captive once again of the World Cup Trophy. This year’s event will be a battle for gold with both countries hoping to regain the title of World Cup Champions.this year’s event will be a battle for gold with both countries hoping to regain the title of World Cup Champions.

In addition to South Africa and Australia; Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ireland, The United Kingdom, USA and New Zealand make up the full Top 8 list to compete this year.

This years Polocrosse World Cup will be held over two weekends with the first round play taking place on 20-22 July and the finals being played on 25-28 July. Gates will be open open from 9am till late with a range of food and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy in addition to some adrenaline pumping Polocrosse.

JOIN US TO FIND OUT WHO  WILL BE THE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS in 2024.

The Venue

Shongweni Club is recognized as being the equestrian hub of Kwa-Zulu Natal and renowned as one of the best competitive venues in the country. Once purely a Polo venue, Shongweni Club has over the many years welcomed various other sports & disciplines into the family.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY

MEET THE SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM

HENRY HARRIS

Ladies Coach

JAMES HACKLAND

Mens Coach

JEAN HACKLAND

Team Manager

JACQUIE MINNAAR

LADIES CAPTAIN

Club: Nyati
Years Played: 18
Hobbies: Hiking
Day Job: Social Media Manager
Advice for aspiring players:
Whether you think you can or can’t, you are right

OLIVIA KING

Club: Nyati
Years Played: 9
Hobbies: Squash, Tennis, Wakeboarding
Day Job: Scholar in Grade 11
Advice for aspiring players:
Write down your goals and do something little each day to work towards them. When playing never ever look down!

LAUREN HEYNES

Club: Nyati
Years Played: 13
Hobbies: Squash
Day Job: Scholar
Advice for aspiring players:
If your dreams don’t scare you, then they are not big enough. Always give your best, work hard and never give up. It will pay off when it counts

AMY COCKER

Club: Bishipstowe
Years Played: 16
Hobbies: Sports and spending time with friends
Day Job: Riding horses
Advice for aspiring players:
Never give up just because you are told you are too young

JANNIE STEENKAMP

MENS CAPTAIN

Club: Hidcote
Years Played: 22
Hobbies: Squash, hunting golf & polo
Day Job: Business Owner – Cape Express furniture removals
Advice for aspiring players:
Hard work leads to success

CHAD VON BENECKE

Club: Hidcote
Years Played: 14
Hobbies: Golf, squash, cricket and running
Day Job: Student
Advice for aspiring players:
Always look for new ways to get better and the more work you put in the more rewards you get

STEFAN HARRIS

Club: Hidcote
Years Played: 20
Hobbies: Golf flat out
Day Job: Self employed in import, export & logistics
Advice for aspiring players:
Always have goals that seem impossible and put the work in

JOSHUA LE ROUX

Club: Hidcote
Years Played: 10
Hobbies: Golf, Polo, Squash, Padel, Wake boarding, Hunting and fishing
Day Job: Farmer & commercial meat distributor.
Advice for aspiring players:
Put in the hard work, trust the process and it will pay off. Invest your time into your horses because they are such a big part of the game!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PLAYING FIELDS

Only players, umpires, goal judges and horses are allowed on the playing fields. Nobody will be allowed to cross a playing field while a game is in progress.

CHILDREN

No child is allowed anywhere near the practice area, horse pens/stables and at least 5 metres from the playing field side line.

No child may go near the goal posts; goal judges to assist in this matter.

Unattended small children must be removed to safe areas.

Only people attending horses may be in or near the watering-down areas.

No child without adult supervision may be wandering or playing in areas where motor vehicles are being parked or driven.

DOGS

Dogs must be under direct supervision of their owners and on a leash.

Troublesome dogs or dogs creating a nuisance must be removed by their owners if they cannot control them.

CARS

Cars are not allowed to be parked or driven outside designated areas.

HORSE BOXES

The risks involved when handling horses increase when loading and off-loading. Keep to the area designated for these activities.

HORSES AND RIDERS

Riders, stabling personnel and other helpers handling horses must keep horses away from areas where cars, spectators and especially

children are. Riders must use the designated area for warming up their horses and proceed to the playing fields only after the preceding game has finished.

Take the safest possible route to your playing field, by avoiding motor vehicles and spectators.