Matt Taylor in possession for Queensland in the Barastoc Interstate Series polocrosse.
Matt Taylor in possession for Queensland in the Barastoc Interstate Series polocrosse. Carolyn Line

Barastoc sets countdown for Polocrosse World Cup

BRINGING 600 competitors to town and even more horses, the Shell Cup and Barastoc Interstate Polocrosse Series will hold Warwick in good stead as it prepares to host one of the world's biggest equine events.

A year our from the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup, the Barastoc Series is a vital chance for Australian competitors to reacquaint themselves with the world-class facility in Warwick.

From May 4 - 6, the town can expected an influx of between 2000 and 3000 visitors.

It will give businesses an opportunity to prepare for next year's World Cup, according to Warwick Polocrosse Club vice-president Warwick Fraser.

"Three-hundred-and-sixty-five days from now we will be in the middle of the Polocrosse World Cup, so next week really starts the excitement and the build up for that event,” he said.

The three-day event will be held at Morgan Park.

Hotels, motels, cafes and other establishments will also benefit from an influx of business with thousands of visitors coming all corners of the country to compete in Queensland's biggest polocrosse event of the year.

"The thing about polocrosse is that it's an incredibly family-oriented sport,” Fraser said.

"In any one competitor there is always grandma and granddad coming to support.”

The series marks the start of the polocrosse season in 2018.

"This will be the largest club carnival hosted in Queensland and possibly Australia this year,” Fraser said.

Steve Nolan in possession for Victoria against Queensland in Barastoc Interstate Series action.
Steve Nolan in possession for Victoria against Queensland in Barastoc Interstate Series action. Gerard Walsh

State of Origin.... on horseback

A highlight of the weekend will be the State of Origin tournament.

Over three massive days, Polocrosse competitors from all around the country will battle for glory in the annual Shell Cup and Barastock Interstate Polocrosse tournament.

"Everyone loves a State of Origin and it's done no better than with the game of polocrosse,” Fraser said.

This year, Western Australia and Victoria will be joining old rivals Queensland and New South Wales in the battle between states.

"We have the best polocrosse players in Australia coming,” Fraser said.

Mr Fraser said months of planning had gone into making sure the facility was in good nick for the weekend.

"It's a big job to keep the facility irrigated and the new grey water connection line made possible by the Southern Downs Regional Council has been a great assistance,” Mr Fraser said.

"That has really come to the fore this year because it has been a really dry season.”