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South Midlands Polocrosse Fields player Billy-Joe Thomas will be competing in the national polocrosse championships to be held in the Swan Valley.

Polocrosse championships come to Brigadoon

BILLY-Joe Thomas, who is competing at the Australian National Polocrosse Championships at the State Equestrian Centre in the Swan Valley next month, plays a bit of attack and defence.

Mr Thomas, a member of the South Midlands Polocrosse Fields, has played polocrosse for about 29 years.

An accountant who was born in WA and lived in Darwin and Indonesia, he said the sport was fun to play and there was a great family atmosphere at games.

His wife Marijke plays in the women’s side, his son Archie is in the U12 side and even his mum still plays.

A polocrosse field is divided up similar to a netball court with the three players from each team allowed in the centre of the field and only the attacking and defending players allowed in the goal scoring zones.

The game combines the athleticism of polo and the coordination of lacrosse into an action-packed game of skill, teamwork and endurance.

More than 570 players and strappers are expected to take part in the championships in categories ranging from U12 to masters.

The championships start on Monday, October 1 and finish on Sunday, October 7.

Polocrosse WA along with Empire Events is holding A Day in the Valley to coincide with the opening ceremony for the national championships on Sunday, September 30 from 10am to 4pm.

There is free entry to the Brigadoon event, which will have more than 80 stall holders from all over Perth showcasing their wares, fashion, art, homewares, giftware, food vans and more.

The children’s entertainment includes pony rides, train rides, face painting, roaming fairies, go karts, jumpy castles and balloon twisting. 

There will be live music by Sally Jane of Serpentine, who is well known in the young country music scene and Triple J Unearthed singer-songwriter Tori Abbott.

By Anita McInnes


About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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