Film release as part of Rose Bowl

Ian Withnall from Palatine Productions with Warwick Fraser, from the Warwick Polocrosse Club, during filming for the feature film
Ian Withnall from Palatine Productions with Warwick Fraser, from the Warwick Polocrosse Club, during filming for the feature film "The Polocrosse Story" that will be released on Saturday. Photo Contributed Contributed

A NEW feature-length film "The Polocrosse Story" will be released this weekend as part of the NTI Rose Bowl Carnival and Australian Junior Challenge at Morgan Park.

The carnival is being put on by the Warwick Polocrosse Club and starts Friday night.

More than 70 teams are expected, including four junior teams that boast the best under-16 players in the nation.

Two Australian junior teams will play in a round-robin with Queensland and New South Wales teams.

Australian captain Jane Cooper will be in town to speak to the juniors on Friday along with Paralympian Matthew Cameron and sports psychologist Steven Christensen.

The junior players are coming from Tumut in the south, Perth in the west and Bauhinia in the north.

The Rose Bowl will attract teams from as far as Quirindi near Tamworth and north to Longreach.

The weekend will be primarily about polocrosse games but late Saturday a new page will be written in the history of a sport that has been going for 77 years.

A feature-length film which goes for 80 minutes, commissioned by the Polocrosse Association of Australia and produced by Ian Withnall and Sharen Kenny from Palatine Productions, will be released at Morgan Park at 5.30pm Saturday, with polocrosse games re-starting at 6.30pm.

It will feature footage from across the nation - from the 1940s to the first World Cup at Morgan Park in 2003 and this year's Barastoc Interstate Series and Shell Cup polocrosse at Morgan Park.

The family side of the sport will be there for all to see. There will be some extracts from the history that will surprise many.

At last year's nationals, all six members of the Hafey family, from Tansey, played for Queensland.

Longevity is one of the high points of polocrosse and it is hard to believe one man Terry Blake has been the only president of the Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club since 1957.

Plays starts 6.30pm Friday, 8am Saturday and Sunday.

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