Hoons place event in jeopardy

Damage to the polocrosse field at the State Equestrian Centre, Brigadoon.
Damage to the polocrosse field at the State Equestrian Centre, Brigadoon.

Many months of hard work by volunteers was undone when a car spun its wheels and cut up all six playing fields at State Equestrian Centre two weeks ago.

Polocrosse Association WA president Graham Lane said if the fields are deemed to be too severely damaged, it could put a stop to the championships.

‘It’s disappointing that for a few minutes of fun, people will put our sport at risk,’ he said.

‘I’m still unsure how bad the damage is but we are getting quotes for the repair.

‘It’s a shame we have to spend our hard-earned funds on repairing damaged fields.’

Club co-ordinator Mary Day said the playing fields had been transformed from six hectares of weeds and hard river flat into one of the best polo surfaces in Australia.

‘The club has hosted the WA Polocrosse Championships since 2004 and also the Australian Polocrosse Championships in 2008 because of the standard of the playing surface,’ she said.

Ms Day said this year the club had spent more than $20,000 on drainage, sand, spraying, fertiliser and mowing to get the fields prepared for the championships.

‘It’s a major setback for the polocrosse community,’ she said. ‘The concern is it may change the surface of the fields, which would make it unsafe for the competitors and their horses, as it can cause serious falls and injuries to both.’

Mr Lane said about 600 people were expected to attend the championships at the SEC on October 12 and 13.