Future champion in the making
YOUNG Brooklana polocrosse player Lindsey Doolan did the Coffs Coast proud when she collected three awards at the NSW Zone Championships in the Southern Highlands at the weekend.
Her under-12 Northern New England team won all four of their games to take out the sub-junior championship in the competition, which saw 11 sides competing in a round robin-style tournament.
It was the first grading game won by the Northern New England sub-junior team.
The former Northern NSW polocrosse zone has been amalgamated with the New England zone to form a new region.
Doolan won the Best No 1; the best horse and rider combination and the best stock horse exhibit.
Her partner in the tournament was Australian Stock Horse mare Orara River Olympia, bred on the Doolan family's Eastern Dorrigo property and at 11-years old, just one year younger than her rider.
The mare was named for the Sydney Olympics of her birth year.
Doolan and her twin, Darby, both represented NSW at Albury earlier this year and played Queensland in a test series in April.
In two weeks' time they will play in a second test series against Queensland at Warwick when, for the first time, the series will be run as a feature competition on the main field under lights, making it a very special occasion for the young players.
This season is the last chance the twins have to play at the ‘top of the heap' as sub-juniors.
At the end of this season they will return to the bottom of the pack as they enter open competition.
Other local polocrosse players showing up at zone level in the game have included Banjo Payton and Leticia Payton, with Leticia named as runner-up in the Zone Open Women's Competition
This year both Coffs Harbour and Grafton missed out on their annual carnivals because of the hendra virus scare.
Coffs Harbour Polocrosse Club committee member Jane Doolan said the local club was now hoping to run an early carnival in April 2012 to beat the ‘hendra season'.