READY, SET, RIDE: Tia Hall and her horse Houdini travelled five days from WA to get ready for the Polocrosse Nationals.
READY, SET, RIDE: Tia Hall and her horse Houdini travelled five days from WA to get ready for the Polocrosse Nationals. Georja Ryan

Warwick extends a hearty welcome

ELITE riders, superbly fit horses, serious attitudes and fierce competition: four components of what is to come over the next few days as polocrosse players, their crews and trusty steeds begin arriving in the Southern Downs for the Barastoc Polocrosse Nationals.

Morgan Park gates officially open at midday on Monday, but some teams have already set up camp at Cunningham to wait out the weekend.

Believe it or not, this huge event is not just about the game itself - it's also about Warwick.

Chamber of Commerce president David Littleproud said an event of this scale did wonders for the economy and local businesses.

"It brings a lot of money to town and those in the polocrosse society really support local businesses," Mr Littleproud said.

"Having these events helps showcase Warwick as a destination and people walk away impressed with the streetscape and the quality of retail we have here," he said.

Warwick Tourism and Events chief executive Tracy Vellacott said the polocrosse tournament showed the teamwork of local businesses and organisations and was a good way for all to get involved.

"We are definitely cheering and urge locals to embrace the opportunity to witness an amazing and fast-paced sport on their doorstep," she said.

The Daily News will have daily coverage of the tournament, so keep yourself up to date with all the inside goss!


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