Tumut Polocrosse brothers Tom and Charlie French have plenty to show from the 2018 Polocrosse Nationals with Tom taking NSW to an undefeated title and Charlie winning best number 2 in his age group.
Making the trip to Perth by car for the National tournament, the pair excelled for NSW in their respective divisions with Tom scoring goals with ease and Charlie showing his versatility playing multiple positions on a last minute horse.
Representing NSW in the under 16‘s division, Tom scored upwards of 70 goals throughout the tournament averaging close to 15 goals per game, spurring his team to an undefeated triumph of the division.
After blitzing the rest of the competition and qualifying for the grand final the Junior Boys side went on to beat Victoria by 10 goals blowing their rivals off the park.
Tom says he wasn’t expecting to win the grand final by so much but is thankful he played in such a good team.
“I didn’t expect us to win by ten goals but I knew we had a good enough team to bring it home,” Tom said.
“The boys worked well as a team no individuals, and everyone was well horsed.”
While he admits he had his up’s and downs, Tom managed to maintain his goal scoring form on top his aptly named horse ‘Bullseye’.
Goals came thick and fast for Tom highlighted when he came close to breaking a record by scoring seven goals in six minutes, needing just one more to re-write the record books.
Younger brother Charlie was also a stand out for the under 12 junior division despite losing his normal horse to injury just weeks before the competition.
Charlie was forced to ride his father’s horse ‘Douce’ for the tournament but showed it wouldn’t slow him down being awarded ‘Best Number 2’ in the Junior division.
The award came as a shock for Charlie who was surprised he went so well on an unfamiliar horse.
“I didn’t think I would win anything especially after my horse went out,” Charlie said.
“It meant a lot to me to win that, my horse got injured and was not allowed to make the journey so I had to get on Dad’s young horse and he got better with every game, so it was good to win the prize.”
Spending most of the time in the number 2 position, Charlie was also required to play in the 1 and 3 positions throughout the tournament showcasing his versatility.
The Junior Boys also made the grand final but lost by four goals to Victoria in a tight match up.
But despite the loss, Charlie was grateful for the event and enjoyed the challenge.
“It was good fun and I got a lot of experience from it,” Charlie said.
“It was very hard to lose but I made a lot of new friends, and every game was tough but a lot of fun.”