Eyeing off top spot
MARK O'Leary reckons his Queensland under-21 team is just ticking boxes in its quest for back-to-back titles in the Barastoc Polocrosse Nationals.
A member of the Warwick club, O'Leary is coach of a team which beat Western Australia 20-17 on Tuesday and then South Australia 25-9 yesterday.
"I am not getting too excited yet," O'Leary said.
With games against Victoria today and New South Wales tomorrow, O'Leary knows his team needs three wins to ensure a spot in the final.
He doesn't have a stand-out. \"We have seven strong, even guys in the team; they are all fine team players," O'Leary said.
Midway through yesterday's play, overall Queensland team manager Wayne Austin said there was definite improvement in his teams since Ballarat two years ago.
"New South Wales and Western Australia are the toughest in most grades without a doubt," Austin said.
Queensland missed the final of the masters on a countback and missed out in the Challenge Cup after two and three-goal losses but most teams are still in contention.
The Queensland women's team lost its first game to Western Australia on Tuesday and must win against Victoria at noon today.
QUEENSLAND open men's captain Paul McGrath said yesterday it was wait-and-see if the top horse of Cameron Shepherd will be fit to play against NSW at 4pm today.
Shepherd's horse went lame in the second chukka of the win against Victoria on Tuesday, forcing the move of Colten Preston to No. 2 and Justin Hafey to No. 1.
McGrath said the horse, Signature, had improved and would hopefully come good by game time today.
"We didn't have Cameron's horse vetted out as once we made a change, he would have been required to play on his second horse for the rest of the championships," McGrath said.
Masters mixed NSW 21 d WA 5.
Masters men Qld 15 d WA 13, WA 19 d NSW 18.
Senior mixed WA 20 d Qld 15
U21 men Vic 22 d SA 12, NSW 26 d WA 12.
Senior women NSW 20 d Vic 10.
Challenge Cup: NSW 20 d Qld 17.
U24 women: Vic 12 d SA 9.
Senior men: Vic 26 d NT 16.