Welcome to the Polocrosse Association of Australia.
Australian Made, Internationally Played.
The Polocrosse Association of Australia boasts a membership over 4,500 players nationwide spanned over 140 clubs within the 7 states and territories. We are the largest Polocrosse country in the World.
For those of you who haven’t heard of this amazing game, Polocrosse is a fast paced team sport played on horseback. It combines the speed of polo, the strategy and tactics of netball (in terms of the field being divided in to 3 sections), the toughness of rugby and AFL and the ball handling ability of lacrosse. This unique sport originated in Australia in 1939 and is dubbed as the “King of the One Horse Sports.” Polocrosse is governed by the International Polocrosse Council (IPC), is currently played in 18 countries and boasts over 10,000 players worldwide. Anyone who can ride a horse can play polocrosse at an amateur/club level, and the sport will vastly help improve riding skills.
Possibly the best Polocrosse action you will see played anywhere in the world is at the Australian National Championships. This massive event is held every 2 years and showcases the best players and horses from each state when they come together to compete for the Australian Champions title. The National Championships are played on a rotational basis around the seven States and Territories, a state hosts the competition on behalf of the Polocrosse Association of Australia.
At an International level, the pinnacle of Polocrosse has to be the World Cup! To date there have been 4 World Cup events held, two at Morgan Park in Warwick Queensland with Australia taking out the World Champions trophy in both 2003 and 2007, from New Zealand and the United Kingdom respectively.
In 2011, the third Polocrosse World Cup tournament in history was held. The 8 countries from the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the United States of America travelled to England to contest the most coverted trophy in world Polocrosse. South Africa went on to win the 2011 World Cup in the U.K. They were again too strong home soil at the Shongweni Club, in Durban, Kwla-Zulu Natal, Australia finished third of the 8 countries at the 2015 World Cup. This now evens the score as World Cup champions.
The current NEO for the PAA, Karin Stockman, will be leaving the role on the 29th June after many years of dedication to the job and to Polocrosse. Karin is a wealth of knowledge about our game and the running of our sport - she will be greatly missed. The PAA would like to thank Karin for her contribution and we wish her all the best for the future.
A message from Karin ... "I would like to sincerely thank the Polocrosse community for the support and friendship that has been given to me during my time as National Executive Officer. I have enjoyed my time in the NEO role and wish the new NEO all the best for the future. Thank you to all those who have sent kind messages of thanks over the last couple of weeks, it has really been appreciated. My last day in the office is 29th June 2016. Karin Stockman" ...
The Australian Sports Commission has been a principal partner of the Polocrosse Association of Australia now for many years. We value their partnership and recognise how far their support has developed our great game.
To find out more about the Australian Sports Commission and their Play for Life campaign visit their website.