Nevermind the drought, polocrosse pitch will be lush
POLOCROSSE: Excitement is building for the Adina Polocrosse World Cup, with less than three months until the top international teams descend on Morgan Park.
Les Fraser, who heads up the preparations, said tough drought conditions wouldn't stop the organising committee from putting on a world-class event.
"We're struggling there with the dry weather but we took on an extensive fertilising program and that helped us a bit,” he said.
"It is fortunate we are on raw water and not the town supply, but we are going through the driest period a lot of us can remember and that has its challenges.”
The world cup draws in teams from the eight top polocrosse playing countries. Riders of that calibre expect a quality pitch and Fraser has no intention of letting them down.
"The top polocrosse is always played on turf,” he said.
"We've got dirt pitches out west but turf is better for the horses and better for the spectators because there is not as much dust.”
However, with the historically dry conditions and rolling heatwaves, there is a good chance competitors will kick up plenty of dust.
Along with nursing seven polocrosse pitches through drought, Fraser and the management committee invested in new infrastructure, like toilet and shower blocks.
Most the buildings are of a high standard.
"Morgan Park is the best playing facility in the world,” Fraser said.
"It has seven playing fields, undercover accommodation for 500 horses, a 1km training track, two practice fields and we're close to Brisbane.”
Even countries that have played polocrosse for much longer than Australia lack the facilities that Warwick has.
"I've travelled to England, to South Australia and New Zealand and there is nothing like Morgan Park,” Fraser said
"We've had a committed polocrosse club for the past 60 years and we've been lucky to have a long list of good presidents that worked to build it up to be a top facility.”
Such is the reputation of the grounds that the Warwick Polocrosse Club didn't have to apply for the world cup.
"The organisers rang us up and asked what kind of deal did they need to put together to get Warwick to host the cup,” Fraser said.
The Adina Polocrosse World Cup will run from April 13-28.
Competitors will arrive on Saturday and will be assigned their horses on April 16.
They have five days to acclimatise to their assigned steeds.
The main events will kick off on Easter Monday, April 22.
Australia will play Zimbabwe first up at 11.30am.