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America’s Fastest and Fastest Growing Sport Brings Players From Across

America’s Fastest and Fastest Growing Sport Brings Players From Across

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Polocrosse Top Players Meet for NationalCompetitionDefiance, Missouri October 2-4
 America’s Fastest and Fastest Growing Sport Brings Players from Across America for 3 Days of Exciting Competition 
Defiance, Mo. -September 21, 2009- The esteemed polo fields of Blue HeronFarms will see three days of fast, family oriented competition when the AmericanPolocrosse Association gathers for the 2009 Nationals beginning on October 2
nd
.Polocrosse is an Australian team sport that combines the tough skill set of lacrosse and the exciting game of polo while offering all levels of play for anyage players, including masters, men, women and juniors. The APA promotes thesport as a family event, with a healthy mix of the ‘g’day mate’ Aussiesportsmanship that stems from the game’s origin.Beginning Friday, October 2
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up to a hundred players will ride onto the field,sporting team colors and atop horses in the prime of condition. It is an openingspectacle that inspires all those who love a sport that brings both human andhorse together in the partnership of competition. Then, after the colors areparaded and the national anthem sung, the teams await the opening whistle.With the call of, “Play on!!!” The first of some
24 matches
... over
100Chukkas of Play
will begin for a fast and furious weekend of sport.Matches will be played on several different fields at the same time. There is nobreak in the breathtaking action. Like polo, the APA Nationals encouragesspectators to come and watch, tailgate if you like and mix with the players andfans field side. After hosting Nationals competitions in exciting venues such as the KentuckyHorse Park in Lexington, Ky., the Santa Fe Horse Park in Santa Fe, N.M., andPinehurst Polo Grounds in Pinehurst, N.C., the American Polocrosse Association isexcited to bring this exciting competition to the St. Louis area.Contact us for interviews with players or to arrange for television shoots and liveshots as early as Thursday, October 1.
Media contact:Laura Humphreys Erica Valleelhumphreys@americanpolocrosse.org240.412.9507843.825.2686914.475.5117 (9/28 – 10/4)
 
 
 About PolocrossePolocrosse is a team sport, as well as being a family sport. Players of all agesparticipate at their own skill level. Women compete with men on an equal basis.There are divisions for Junior players as well. A full team consists of six players divided into two sections. The first sectionplays a six to eight-minute chukka. At the end of the first chukka, the secondsection takes the field while the first section sits out. The sections alternate playfor the match, generally 4 chukkas. This alternating of play, allows a rest andcooling down period for the horse. Thus, polocrosse is designed to be a onehorse sport.Each rider uses a cane racquet that is about 36 inches in length with an eightinch diameter head, similar in appearance and function to a lacrosse racquet. Audiences are captivated as soon as the players move to the ‘T’, situated inthe mid-field area. They line up side by side, one behind the other with the # 1in front. The game commences with the call of ‘TIME ON!’ and the ball is throwninto play above the players’ heads by one of the two umpires. Action begins when the two teams appear to explode out of the line-up, allhunting for the ball. It is quickly captured by being caught in the line up or by aplayer picking it up off the ground. Then it is strategically moved down the fieldtowards the goal scoring area where it can be passed to the # 1. All threeplayers on a section work together on the advancement of the ball, by settingblocks and passing the ball to one another...all the while being pursued byopposing players urgently trying to gain possession of the ball. It is not an affairfor the timid.In the goal scoring area, the battle heats up between the defender and theball carrier, as a one on one duel takes place in an attempt to score... or denythe goal.The shot, and GOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! Players return to the line-upand the throw in, the chukka continues.

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