Local teen Ashley Cooper and polocrosse champ set to star in Mid West Zone Carnival

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Ashley Cooper, 16, and Tinker.
Camera IconAshley Cooper, 16, and Tinker. Credit: Reuben Carder/Geraldton Guardian

Top polocrosse players will head to Walkaway this weekend for the biggest event on the local polocrosse calendar.

But few of them will be able to claim national all-star status.

Mid West junior star Ashley Cooper can, and will be one of the stars of the show as the Greenough Polocrosse Club hosts the Mid West Zone Carnival.

Club secretary Erin Cole said spectators would enjoy fast-paced action, with players performing in front of selectors for national competition.

The carnival features riders from the Mid West, Central and Great Southern zones competing to close out the local season before polocrosse moves south.

“(The clubs) send up their best men’s, women’s, intermediate and junior players,” Cole said. “There are selectors who select participants to go to the nationals.

“We have clubs from Kojonup, Capel, Perth, and all of the Mid West.

“It’s an array of players from the whole State.” The event, on Saturday and Sunday at the Walkaway polocrosse grounds, will also be a celebration of the Greenough club’s 21st anniversary.

The Polocrosse Association of Australia announced Ashley, 16, in the junior all-stars team earlier this month.

Cole said while this season was ending, people who were interested in trying the sport next season could contact Polocrosse WA for “blue bandage” tryouts, or go through a pony club.

Greenough were runners-up in the top division at the hotly contested Moonyoonooka Polocrosse Carnival earlier this month in perfect weather.

Moonyoonooka did well in most of the divisions and were winners in B-grade in a sudden-death play-off against Foothills. The home side also won the C-grade, ahead of Greenough, and the D-grade, ahead of Perth.

They finished runners-up in E-grade, behind Perth.

Topaz, ridden by Nikki Barndon, was the A-grade champion pony.

Cruiser, ridden by Adrian Fleay, was champion in the B-grade.

Jeremy Marriott defends Ashley Cooper. r
Camera IconJeremy Marriott defends Ashley Cooper. r Credit: Justine Rowe/SnapAction/Supplied, Justine Rowe.

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