by Gerard Walsh
POLOCROSSE: Anyone who doesn't think polocrosse is a family sport hasn't spoken to Will and Sandra Weston from Harden in New South Wales.
This week, Will is playing in his sixth Test series for Australia in polocrosse and Sandra in her third series.
They played in the Thursday night First Tests and will play again Friday and Saturday night in Australian men's and women's teams against South Africa.
They are at Morgan Park with their five children who are all interested in the sport.
The eldest Breeanna, 17, is laying low with her polocrosse this season to concentrate on Year 11 study.
Son Daniel, 14, is representing New South Wales juniors in the Barastoc Interstate Series and Ryan, 9, will play sub-juniors in the Shell Cup.
Sid, 8, isn't playing polocrosse yet but he has his horse at Morgan Park and Alec, 4, has been known to pick up a polocrosse racquet or two around the camp.
Both Will and Sandra played for Australia in the World Cup in 2011 and they can even compare notes about positional play as they play in the No.2 (midfield) or No.3 (defence) positions.
"The main strategy is to get the ball,” Will said.
They first met through polocrosse when Sandra was in the Tumut club and they were part of the same South West Slopes zone teams.
"Polocrosse is a great sport, everyone can play it,” Sandra said.
"We have lots of friends all over the country.”
Will said every game was important, whether for their club Jugiong, which is on the Hume Hwy, South West Slopes zone, New South Wales or Australia.
There is a World Cup coming up in Warwick in 2019 but for the Westons the aim this week is to get on top of South Africa in the men's and women's Tests.
"We want to win for Australia, every Test is important,” Will said.
"It is a great experience playing for Australia.”
They don't need special training sessions with all their horses, many do their training working the cattle and sheep on their Harden property where they also grow crops.
"Even our best polocrosse horses are used for mustering,” he said.
As each Australian player has provided three horses for the pools of horses being used in the Test series, the odds are the Westons will play against some of their own horses.
"You just think about the game,” Will said.
As well as the Westons, there are plenty of other family connections with five siblings groups from South Africa and one from Australia playing Tests at Morgan Park.
Play from 10am today with Barastoc Interstate Series action then the Second Test for the men at 6pm and women's Test at 7.30pm.