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2020 AGM & Club Conference

In anticipation of the end of year and moving in to the AGM we are asking clubs/zones to look at the calendar attached to do some pre planning for the dates next year.  We know some zones have met and had discussions around dates and we are hoping to capture this information earlier this year to pre plan better!
Secretaries are to view the attached calendar and pop in your zone/club dates as a start for our planning please (or email them to to place in there). They don’t have to be set in stone, just give us an idea of how it is looking.
We are also asking what dates clubs might prefer for the AGM next year (yes we are planning for next year already!) If you can complete the below quick survey to let us know your preference that would be appreciated.
Next year’s AGM will propose a new format incorporating a Club Conference with the AGM – this will look to incorporate things affecting clubs like grant writing Working With Children’s Checks and Member Protection Information Officer, along with strategic planning, social media and a visit from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Sports West and of course any other things that clubs feel important or essential to their running we want to put more tools in your toolbox to help you be even more successful!
New PAWA Merchandise 

Be sure to get your hands on the brand new Polocrosse WA merchandise on sale now! Thank you to our Uniform Officer Michelle May for her hard work organizing the new items.

We will doing an order for the Olympus jacket, anyone interested in ordering please email ASAP. 
Nationals Survey - Have Your Say!

We are trying to ascertain why there has been a decline in nominations for the coming event in Ballarat and as such we have created a short survey that we would love you to answer to see if there are any factors we can help with in future.
The Polocrosse Association of WA has noted the significant absence of nominations for the Ballarat  Nationals 2020.
With this in mind we would really like to know what our members are thinking and what possible hurdles are preventing you from nominating for this event.
We would really appreciate you taking 5 minutes to provide us with feedback so we can try to overcome some of these hurdles.
All responses are anonymous and will be kept in confidence.  We will only use data to establish patterns and statistics for improvement.
National Umpire Committee Meeting

NUC Meeting scheduled for the 9th and 10th of November in Brisbane. Click here to view proposed agenda
Dog Survey - Have Your Say!

The PAA board has noted that the current Player’s Code and PAA Directives, as detailed in the polocrosse rule book, regarding dogs at polocrosse are not being strictly adhered to during polocrosse carnivals, nor consistently enforced by our membership. The PAA Board would like to revisit this policy and as such requests some input from the PAA Council members.

At other equestrian events dogs are permitted around the arenas if under effective control. It is apparent to the Board that dogs are generally accepted at polocrosse by the polocrosse community, judging by the dogs present at so many carnivals. We feel it would be better to accept this current real status, than have a policy that is not being implemented.
It is also problematic that many polocrosse grounds are publicly owned, so local residents and passing travelers use the surrounding area on a regular basis for their dogs. It is also possible that local venue lease or hire agreements for these sites do not include areas outside the playing area, therefore the rule of no dogs is not enforceable.

Before this policy can be amended, the Board would like to undertake consultation with the PAA Council about dogs at polocrosse. The safety of the public, players and horses are our primary concern.
As a discussion starting point, we would like your feedback on whether you think the following points, or any others, will allow us to manage dogs in an acceptable manner.
Please take 3 mins to complete this survey so we can provide feedback to the PAA
Moonyoonooka PAWA State Championships 2019

Overall Best Player - Suzette Thomas
Overall Best Horse - Jestersflat Mem Fox ridden by Jodi Dunlop

Champion Mens ASH - Brookview Cowgirl Jess ridden by Lyle Scott
Champion Ladies ASH - Jestersflat Mem Fox ridden by Jodi Dunlop

Open Winners - South Midlands
Runners Up - Kojonup
Open Champion Pony - Rocket Caleb ridden by Ray Miller
Open Best Player - Scott Gurney Allen
Best #1 - Adrian Cobley
Best #2 - Pip Crook
Best #3 - Ray Miller

Open Mixed Grade Winners - Margaret River
Runners Up - Greenough
Open Mixed Grade Champion Pony - Jestersflat Mem Fox ridden by Jodi Dunlop
Open Mixed Best Player - Suzette Thomas
Best #1 - BJ Thomas
Best #2 - Jonny Keen
Best #3 - Ben Thomas

Junior Grade Winners - Moonyoonooka/Greenough
Runners Up - Perth
Junior Grade Champion Pony - Roseridge Hudson ridden by Peta Clohessy
Champion Junior ASH - Springbrook Black Rose ridden by Ryan Kennedy
Best Junior Player - Ashley Cooper
Best #1 - Ashley Cooper
Best #2 - Lacey Scott
Best #3 - Mitchell French

B Grade Winners - Foothills
Runners Up - Perth
B Grade Champion Pony - Yowada Grace ridden by Tracey Jarrett
Champion B Grade ASH - Rosebrook Chorus ridden by Amy Gould

C Grade Winners - Walkaway
Runners Up - Mobrup
C Grade Champion Pony - Rebecca Fraser ridden by Pippa May
Champion C Grade ASH - Rosebrook Corona ridden by Zoe Dunlop

D Grade Winners - Greenough
Runners Up - South Midlands
D Grade Champion Pony - Balwyn Sylvester ridden by Anthea Pate
Champion D/E Grade ASH - Balwyn Sylvester ridden by Anthea Pate

E Grade Winners - Junior Blue
Runners Up - Junior Orange
E Grade Champion Pony - Magic ridden by Jasmine Cosgrove

Junior E Champion Pony - Willow ridden by Jacob Campbell

Photo Credit - Justine Rowe (Around the Traps)
Jodi Dunlop riding Jestersflat Mem Fox
Perth Central Zone Championships  2019

Open Mens Grade Winners - Southern Zone
Runners Up - Central Zone
Best Horse & Rider Combination - Bentley ridden by Ben Thomas
Open Mens Champion ASH - Rocket Caleb ridden by Ray Miller

Open Womens Grade Winners - Central Zone
Runners Up - Midwest Zone
Best Horse & Rider Combination - Suzette Thomas riding Picaninny
Open Womens Champion ASH - Yowada Grace ridden by Tracey Jarrett

Intermediate Grade Winners - Midwest Zone
Runners Up - Central Zone
Best Horse & Rider Combination - Darcy O'Sullivan riding Brookview Moonshine
Intermediates Champion ASH - Rosebrook Chorus ridden by Amy Gould

Junior Grade Winners - Central Zone
Runners Up - Midwest Zone
Best Horse & Rider Combination - Georgina Abbott riding Deveraux Althea
Juniors Champion ASH - Coolangatta Mayhem ridden by Fergus Hunter

B Grade Winners - Mobrup
Runners Up - South Midlands
B Grade Champion Pony - Orange ridden by Mandy Marriott
B Grade Champion ASH - Balwyn Sylvester ridden by Andrew Pate

C Grade Winners - Mobrup
Runners Up - Midwest Zone
C Grade Champion Pony - Rosebrook Sharleen ridden by Ros Tresize
C Grade Champion ASH - Rosebrook Sharleen ridden by Ros Tresize

D Grade Winners - Central Zone
Runners Up - Southern Zone
D Grade Champion Pony - Little Boy ridden by Sienna Kukulj
D Grade Champion ASH - Tamaruke Charnae ridden by Andi Tresize

E Grade Winners - Perth
Runners Up - Black Cats
E Grade Champion Pony -  Halloween ridden by Lacey Thomas

Junior E Winners - Cheetahs
Runners Up - Mustangs
Junior E Champion Pony - Digger ridden by Mackenzie Cooper

Southern Zone Men's Team Winners!
Murray Polocrosse Tournament 2019

A Grade Winners - South Midlands Ben
Runners Up - Margaret River
A Grade Champion Pony - Casey ridden by Christie Martin

B Grade Winners - Kojonup
B Grade Champion Pony - Orange ridden by Mandy Marriott

C Grade Winners - Foothills
Runners Up - South Midlands
C Grade Champion Pony - Nibbles ridden by Tori Woodall

D Grade Winners - South Midlands
Runners Up - Margaret River
D Grade Champion Pony -  Little Boy ridden by Sienna Kukulj

E Grade Winners - Perth Section 1
E Grade Champion Pony - Stripper ridden by Murray Fairhead 

Foothills C Grade Winners!
We encourage all clubs to allocate and advertise a timeslot for Blue Bandage at their event please, so our Blue Bandage players can see where they can attend around the state!  It can be as easy as using the subbies timeslot and running the two in conjunction with each other, if you need assistance the zone contacts and state contacts would be more than happy to help out if they can.
If you are unsure about hosting Blue Bandage please contact your zones or Mary Day, Tony Puglia or Salli Galvin – it really is as simple as running subbies or alternatively contact the SEO we will make it as easy as we possibly can.
Has your club hosted any Blue Bandage Polocrosse players? Send in your photos and a short blurb of the day to share! Email to by the 15th of each month. 
Has your club done any polocrosse coaching at your local pony club? Send in your photos and reports of the day to share! Email to by the 15th of each month.
2020 Ballarat Australian Nationals Championships 30th March - 5th April 2020
Congratulations to the following players selected for the upcoming nationals event!

WA Open Mixed
Kylie Dowling
Tracey Jarrett
Marijke Thomas
Suzette Thomas
Scott Allen
Tom Keightley 
Ben Thomas
BJ Thomas

WA Intermediate Mixed
Charlie Freeman
Brooke O'Brien
Pippa May 
Tori Woodall
Dorian Bretherton
Josh Crook
Brent Martin
Mitchell Tiver

WA Junior Girls
Georgina Abbott
Peta Clohessy
Ashley Cooper
Georgia Cosgrove
Ruby Freeman
Tess May
Hannah Rutley

Nominations Coaches/Managers - 2020 Ballarat National Championships 
Please click here for nomination form. If you are interested please complete this by 13th of November 2019 

Barastoc Interstate Series 2020
The Barastoc Interstate Series will be held at Morgan Park in Warwick QLD on the 8th,9th and 10th of May 2020. Competition includes Men's, Women's, Under 21 Men's, Under 21 Women's, Masters Men, Masters Women. Junior Boys and Junior Girls.
If you are interested in playing at this event please contact Ben Thomas 


Member Protection Information Officers

Each club should have a nominated MPIO. Once online component is complete please email your certificate to This is soon going to be part of legislation in sport as they conclude the inquest in to child protection.

(MPIOs) play an important and positive role in providing a safe, fair and inclusive environment. An MPIO is a source of information about a person’s rights, responsibilities and options when managing an issue or complaint. They can also provide information and advice to sport administrators and complaint handlers regarding the Member Protection Policy of that sport.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries invites members of the sport and recreation industry to register for the Member Protection Information Officer course. The course is specifically designed for people who wish to be a Member Protection Information Officer in their sport and recreation organisations and clubs. Please note priority will be given to representatives from State Sporting Associations.
The MPIO course comprises of two stages: an online prerequisite and then a face-to-face workshop. State sport and recreation associations and clubs are invited to nominate persons from within their organisation to attend.
Prior to attending the face-to-face workshop. The online component takes approximately 4 hours to complete and covers:
• The MPIO role
• Complaint resolution procedures
• Member protection and the law
• Child protection
• Harassment and discrimination
• Ethical and practical considerations.
For further course information, please visit Play by the Rules.
Polocrosse Coaches
23rd & 24th November 2019

PAA Coach Jodie Hall will be running a High Performance Coach Course which fits between Level 1 and Level 2 within the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. A weekend of skill building for any accredited coaches who would like to further their coaching ability. This course is subject to numbers and the venue to be confirmed but will be in the Perth area.

Please click here to view the syllabus
If you are interested or have questions please contact Mandy Marriott or Kim Maguire
Healthways Grants

Healthway is offering up to $4000 in funding to Western Australian community sporting clubs competing in a recognised summer 2019 sporting competition.

Healthway has engaged the services of the WA School Canteen Association to achieve the following objectives:
  • Increase healthy food options at club-run canteens or kiosks
  • Reduce sugary drinks within club-run canteens or kiosks
  • Reduce, wherever possible, the promotion of unhealthy messages or brands
  • Improve club member awareness of healthy eating choices
  • Educate and up-skill canteen managers and/or staff in offering healthy food and drinks in community sporting venues.
Through the program the WA School Canteen Association will provide free training and work with clubs across the season to prepare healthier menus.

Applications for Healthway funding are now open.
Online Nutrition Course 
A 2-part online course designed to help anyone who feeds a horse, learn the basic science behind equine nutrition in a simple format so you can understand the impact of feed choices and assess current diet. Course dates are;
13 November
11 December
Please click here for more information! Exclusive discount code is EQN-G2!

Thoroughbred -  race name is Prince Frederik. He hasn't raced although he has trialed. He's fully educated, floats, swims, ties up, easy to shoe. He is quite a character and if he was a human you'd say he would be a better gymnast than track star! He's only 15.2hh but quite strong. He can turn himself inside out, either in the paddock or in his stable yard, and he's very light on his feet. I've passed on a few horses from the stables to become polo ponies and he seems to me like a likely candidate.The photo is of him about six months ago and he is quite a bit stronger now. He's free to a good home and I'm sure whoever takes him will get a lot of fun out of Freddie. Please contact Paul Jordan 0417966712
ADVERTISE HERE - If you have horses, transport, tack or anything you'd like to advertise in the monthly Chukka Chat make sure you email your ads by the 15th of each month to the PAWA Publicity Officer - Zoe Dunlop 
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