Murray Polocrosse Club


 

The Murray Polocrosse Club Inc. was formed at Coolup in 1999, comprising of three local families in the area, which had been travelling to Serpentine to play the sport. They believed there was enough interest within the local community and enthusiam within their own members to form a new club. They approached the Murray Horse and Pony Club, also based at Coolup, to share facilities and began developing a practice field. Since this time, we have enjoyed a harmonius relationship with the Pony Club, constructing 40 solid yards and two wash down bays for horses.

   Murray member Andrew Poulsen
Photo Credit: Penny Richards

The club went into hiatus for a few years as key families left the area but was re-formed in 2008 by Allen Edwards, with Jenni Duncan as vice-president and Gavin Brown as president of the club. We are a relatively small club with a core group of loyal members who work together to foster a real sense of community and camaderie within the club.

Facts!!!

Year the club formed – 1999, reformed in 2008

Where is the club based? – Murray Equestrian Centre in Coolup

Club Colours – Maroon and Light Blue

Current Club Secretary – Penny Richards

Significant Wins

In 2000 we won the A Grade final at the Capel Tournament, the following year we won the B Grade final at the Perth State Championships. Since the club reformed in 2008 we have enjoyed many wins, form E to B Grade, and as we grow in membership numbers we look forward to playing great polocrosse and reaching more finals! While we of course love to win, we maintain a strong belief in keeping the games fun too!

Juniors

Murray member Allen Edwards has a strong focus on fostering the skills and confidence of the players within the club and nurtured new and old members up through the grades. Allen’s strong focus on coaching was particularly attractive to families and we were thrilled to see two of our juniors play at the Warwick Nationals in 2012, our juniors have also represented WA at the Perth Royal Show, the Australia Day Langley Park exhibition match, and at the Australian Junior Polocrosse Classic; a true testament to Allen’s committment to the juniors in our club.

Previous Nationals

Murray members who have played at a National level

2002 Darwin Nationals – Aaron and Dusty Cole
2012 Warwick Nationals – Asha Maguire and Shaye Serna-Pastor

2014 Darwin Nationals

Club member Shaye Serna-Pastor represented Western Australia at the 2014 Australian Polocrosse Nationals in Darwin in the intermediate womens team. Allen Edwards coached the Junior Girls team.

Murray Equestrian Centre

In 2007, two other horse clubs joined the grounds, the Coolup Campdraft Club and the Pinjarra Cutting Club, to form the Murray Equestrian Centre. In recent years, the Murray Adult Riders and the Central Branch of the Australian Stock Horse Association have also joined us. This unique combination of horse sports attracted interest from the Murray Shire and we are currently in negotiations to transform the Murray Equestrian Centre into a regional centre for excellence for equestrian sports in the South West of Western Australia. We are looking forward to finally getting sufficient grounds and facilities to hold our own polocrosse tournaments and are looking forward to a bright future working alongside the other clubs at Coolup.

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