The United Kingdom Polocrosse team climb to fourth in the world

The United Kingdom Polocrosse team climb to fourth in the world

The United Kingdom Polocrosse team have risen to number four in the world rankings as they finished in fourth position in the 2015 Polocrosse World Cup. The team finished second in their group behind double world champions Australia but then lost in the semi-finals to the eventual runners up Zambia by 29 goals to 18. This result meant they would play Australia again in the third/ fourth playoff, after Australia lost to South Africa, who won the competition for the second time in a row, in the other semi-final.

 

The UK team battled hard to try and beat Australia, winning the opening chukka 3-2 and keeping the match very close till the fourth chukka. However, Australia managed to stretch their lead in the sixth chukka and though the UK fought back in the last two chukkas the end score was a 25 to 19 win for Australia. However, the UK ladies section won their half of the match and Charlotte Pykett, who is the UK’s main goal scorer for their ladies section, was named best lady player in the 3rd/ 4th playoff.

 

The UK also fielded the youngest player at the world cup, 17 year old Max Pedley from West Yorkshire played in all their matches throughout the competition and impressed spectators and fellow players from around the world with both his riding and playing skills, along with how well he coped with the pressure.

 

The UK’s player coach Jason Webb said, “We are delighted to get back to number four in the world, it was where we believed we should be before the competition and so it feel great to have achieved it. Obviously it would have been great to have got higher but I’m very confident that this is a base we can now build on and go even further in four years’ time. The whole team played brilliantly and we have some great young players in the UK, obviously Max is one of them and he went with us this time, but there are others coming through as well and we are going to work on developing them for 2019.”

 

The 2019 World Cup will be held in Warwick, Queensland in Australia at the world famous Morgan Park venue, which is probably the world’s best equipped polocrosse playing facility, with 10 playing pitches, including one floodlit pitch for night matches, and over 500 stables for horses.