Rider looks forward to polocrosse
SINCE the 1980s Stanthorpe resident Bill Kerr has been plying his trade in polocrosse.
Starting his playing days with the Stanthorpe side until it's collapse, Kerr moved on to Cunningham, west of Warwick.
Those years of horse back sport, which have included a broken sternum, two major shoulder reconstructions and a broken knee, have paid off with Kerr selected for the Queensland team to compete in the masters division of the Barastoc Polocrosse Nationals being held in Warwick next week.
He said some of the country's best polocrosse players will be on show during the tournament and it would be great to play with them.
"I've been riding horses all my life, my father was interested, he used to play it so I guess it grew from a family interest," Kerr said.
"I'm playing in the older class at the moment - that's the people over 50."
Kerr will play three games for the Queensland side from Monday to Thursday.
He said he was hopeful they could make it through to the final.
"I think New South Wales are stronger than us but I believe we can beat Western Australia and make the finals," he said.
A winter sport, Kerr said the polocrosse season had started early because of the national competition in Warwick.
He said he would often travel around the state for carnivals and tournaments throughout the season.
"Normally we travel around this area and down into New South Wales," he said.
"It's a growing sport, it's a very highly rated family sport."
But a challenging one too.
Kerr said the hardest part about the sport wasn't dealing with the broken knuckles as polocrosse racquets were slammed into hands, it was training the horse and getting it fit.
"It takes a long time to get a horse up to that level," he said.
"I've been told by a lot of people the mare I ride now is by far one of the best in Queensland.
"The unfortunate thing about the mare I'm riding now is I'm going to have to retire her."