England recently played host to the World Cup Polocrosse tournament which was contested between the top eight competing countries from around the world. AGCO’s own Jason Burbidge (East Africa Sales Manager) represented the United Kingdom team for what was his 10th and final time. The competing nations were USA, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Zambia, South Africa and the UK.
So what exactly is polocrosse? As the name implies, it is a combination of polo and lacrosse. It is mostly played outside, on a field approximately the size of a football pitch (or soccer field for those of us in the US). Each rider uses a racquet which comprises a solid cane shaft and head with a loose, thread net, in which the ball is carried.
After making it through to the final in 2007, the United Kingdom was narrowly defeated during the pay-offs this time to then ultimately finish in 6th place. Despite the disappointing finishing place, the UK only lost to South Africa and New Zealand in “Golden Goal chukka’s” which showed how close the competition was.
Jason is the UK’s most capped player and has trained and competed on sports horses at International level for over 20 years. “Time to take it easy now” according to Jason, “ The shoes are coming off my horses now and I am turning them out for a well-earned break.” Congratulations on a job well done, Jason!
What sports do you play when you’re not working in the field?