Colten Preston shows his style in the Queensland win against Victoria in the men’s open yesterday at Morgan Park.
Colten Preston shows his style in the Queensland win against Victoria in the men’s open yesterday at Morgan Park. Gerard Walsh

A tough first chukka

WARWICK player Colten Preston had a dream debut chukka in the open men's polocrosse when he threw seven goals in the Queensland 25-15 victory against Victoria at Morgan Park yesterday.

Preston first played for Warwick as a junior and started the game in his favoured position, number 1.

He was used later as a number 2 after Matt Gleeson made a change.

Preston said the aim of Queensland was to start strongly.

"We were hoping for a margin of about 10," Preston said.

"This is the toughest polocrosse I have played."

He admits the polocrosse will be tougher tomorrow when his side meets a New South Wales combination with six Test players in the 4pm game. In the other men's game yesterday, WA beat Northern Territory 29-10.

Queensland went down 18-11 to front runners Western Australia in the first senior women's game of the carnival yesterday.

Cunningham club pair, captain Carly Cooper and Bryce Lamb, played in a Queensland 17-15 victory against Victoria in under-16 mixed.

Nationals committee chairman Les Fraser said the fields could handle a lot of rain.

"The rain on day two (yesterday) was good, we didn't have to use a water truck to damp down the roadways," Fraser said.

The first games today are at noon after the official breakfast and Anzac Day ceremony.


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