CLASS PLAYERS: Cunningham's Anthony O'Leary fends off Tansey's Andrew Phillips during the Lockyer Valley Polocrosse Carnival A-grade final this season.
CLASS PLAYERS: Cunningham's Anthony O'Leary fends off Tansey's Andrew Phillips during the Lockyer Valley Polocrosse Carnival A-grade final this season. Carolyn Line

Cunningham prepares for polocrosse championships

POLOCROSSE: Cunningham Polocrosse Club expects 75 teams at the Colliers International Toowoomba Queensland Club Polocrosse Championships on August 31-September 2 at Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve.

Club secretary Robyn Cooper said she was expecting teams from as far as northern NSW, west to Longreach and north to Bauhinia.

"The drought is likely to reduce team numbers a little,” Cooper said.

"The weather conditions have tightened everyone purse's strings.”

The club is holding working bees on weekends when members are not at carnivals.

The visiting players will arrive on the Wednesday and Thursday for the start of play on Friday, August 31, at 8am.

Games will be played on seven fields.

Cooper said the club had bore water for irrigation.

"The fields will come up all right after irrigation,” she said.

"We have approached the council to approve a subsidy so a council water truck can be used during the carnival.”

The official opening will be at 11am on the Saturday with Member for Maranoa and Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud officiating.

There will be open, women and junior competitions over the three days.

This year's state championships will be the first hosted by Cunningham club since 2015.

Cunningham will field three open, two women and one junior teams.

Many of the players heading to Cunningham will warm up when the Gold Coast club has its Golden Racquet Carnival at Killarney on August 18-19.

Anthony O'Leary is a likely selection in the Cunningham No.1 team after playing in the Australian intermediate squad weekend in Sydney.

Last month, club member Ryle Waugh played in an Australian open mixed victory against Zambia in Zambia.