Oakey polocrosse player wins sport's prestigious trophy

OAKEY lad Luke Lossberg (above) has won Victorian Polocrosse's most prestigious prize, the Pip Wilson trophy, for the best and fairest A grade player at the recent Victorian Polocrosse Club Championships.

At the same carnival, Lossberg also won the Best Number 1 trophy, for the second year in a row.

Lossberg, a former Toowoomba Polocrosse Club member, is based in Victoria and plays for the Sale team.

In a nail-biting finish to the game, the Sale team won its final at the championships by one goal - in extra time.

Lossberg's horsemanship and talent with a polocrosse racket were learnt while practicing and playing with his family in Queensland. It saw him honoured with selection in the men's side to represent Victoria in the July nationals in Darwin.

His former club will hold its annual carnival this weekend at Oakey Showgrounds.

The club has made entry for spectators free and is inviting people to come along to experience the fast-paced and exciting team sport of polocrosse.

Played on horseback, polocrosse combines the speed of polo, the strategy and tactics of netball (in terms of the field division), the toughness of rugby and AFL and the ball handling ability of lacrosse.

The game started in Australia in 1939.

Play will start at 8am on Saturday and Sunday, with a full program of A grade to D grade games played throughout the day.

In the lead-up to the 2014 Queensland polocrosse season, Toowoomba Club has focused on improving horse and rider skills by conducting multiple training days involving high profile horsemanship trainers and polocrosse coaches.

In what has been a busy first six months of the year, part of the club's master plan was to encourage new members to take to the field.

To expose the sport of polocrosse to potential new players, the club won a Queensland Government Sport and Recreation Grant, which enabled it to hold successful come-and-try days for locals from Toowoomba and surrounding areas.

Topics:  polocrosse