Strong return for polocrosse star after injury
GRACE Bredhauer, 20, has been playing polocrosse since she was six years old.
She recently represented Queensland in the Barastoc event, which was held in line with the Polocrosse World Cup in Warwick.
Australia won the World Cup title but sadly Grace and the Queensland team did not follow suit and lost the final to NSW by just one goal.
Grace's father and Kingaroy business owner, James Bredhauer, was proud of his daughter, who has been involved in the state team for more than three years.
"She has been in the under-21 team since she was 17," he said.
Grace has been in serious training leading up to the interstate battle.
"She would train for two hours a day," Bredhauer said.
"It would normally be in the dark at our place."
A quality polocrosse player is someone with good hand-eye co-ordination and good knowledge of the game.
"You need to be someone who reads play well while riding a good horse," Bredhauer said.
Grace focused her training on specific fitness training and gym work.
"She gets on the boxing bag and does that sort of thing," Bredhauer said.
The polocrosse star had been focusing her training on rehabilitation after an injury last year.
"Another horse turned and whacked her knee," Bredhauer said.
As well as her own individual training, the horses are trained for specific polocrosse requirements.
"Polocrosse horses are trained for sharp turns and to be fast," Bredhauer said.
"They are very fast horses. They get trained like a race horse. Most of them are Australian stock horses."
Training for the horses is just as important as it is for the skilled riders.
"Those horses have been in training since January," he said.
"To get fit they need 10 weeks underneath them."
Queensland lost the Barastoc final to NSW, 16-15.
The Barastoc Interstate Competition was played in conjunction with the Adina World Cup.
The best polocrosse players from across the world ventured to Warwick for the World Cup.
Eight countries from four different continents are making the long trip back home after the week-long sporting event.
Australia won the World Cup Final Championship 34-21 against South Africa.