A crowd of more than 5500 visitors at IOR Morgan Park and another 356 from around the globe on the event live stream, enjoyed day one of the Adina Polocrosse World Cup 2019 on Monday 22 April
The day’s highlight, the official opening and grand parade, set the scene for a positive and world class event. Hon David Littleproud shared his passion for the sport and regional and rural Australia, and Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie expressed her heartfelt best wishes to all athletes as she welcomed them to Warwick and the region.
During proceedings, the next World Cup venue was confirmed. President of the International Polocrosse Council, Gill Mathie, announced that the World Cup Tournament will head to South Africa in 2023. Hannes Van Aswegen, President of Polocrosse Association of South Africa said he was thrilled to have the World Cup tournament heading back to South Africa, and in particular to Shongweni, where the Cup was successfully hosted in 2015. “We are excited to have the Cup tournament secured for 2023, but even after just one day at the Adina Polocrosse World Cup it will be a hard act to follow. Warwick has raised the bar very high!” Mr Aswegen said.
Ross Shepherd, two-time winning Australian coach, wrapped up the day commenting on how much the standard of world cup polocrosse has improved in four years. “Zambia didn’t defeat USA as comfortably as expected; if they are to make the final, they need to step up a gear,” he said. “South Africa are the benchmark, but with world cup polocrosse improving that much in four years, the rest of the world are coming to get them. There is still a week to go!” added Ross.
Results of all World Cup games will be released live on the website post each game.
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