Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:33

Galloping Gully carnival proves a great success

CHAMPIONS: Galloping Gully A grade women's team - Bronwyn Scott, Rachel Lilliebridge, Jane Melbourne, Sara Melbourne, Caitlin Greenwood and Ollie Miller.
On August 10 and 11, Galloping Gully held their annual polocrosse carnival at their new home grounds out along Murrumbilla lane. 
The carnival had 34 teams including seniors, juniors and subbies travelling from St George, Queensland all the way down to Maitland and Corio, Victoria.
The Gully men’s A grade team consisted of Lachlan Osbourne, Murray Scott, Clarke, Charlie, Joe and Lachlan Melbourne who came runners up to Cassilis in an exciting final with just one goal difference when the final whistle blew. Murray Scott was awarded best number one and best number two went to Joe Melbourne.
Jane and Sara Melbourne, Caitlin Greenwood, Rachel Lilliebridge, Bronwyn Scott and Ollie Miller won the A grade women’s competition, not losing a game all weekend. 
They played the last game of the day against Quirindi, with a bustling crowd of enthusiastic spectators supporting them through to victory. 
Best number one went to Ollie Miller, Rach Lilliebridge won best number two and Sara Melbourne was awarded best number three.
The men’s B grade put up a great fight to come runners up to Narrabri. Scott Hamilton, Ed Paas, James Pursehouse, Scott Richardson, Matt Guest and Geoff Hunter played brilliant polocrosse all weekend with Geoff winning best number three – superb pick ups every game, great to watch.
The B grade women cleaned up as well, with the team of Sandra Williams, Clare Campbell, Steffi Lilliebridge, Jo Hamilton, Sally Hunter and Linda Drynan. 
These ladies gelled as a team and played some of the best polocrosse we’ve seen this season. The player awards are a true reflection of this, with best number one going to Jo Hamilton, best number two to Clare Campbell and best number three to Steffi Lilliebridge. 
In the open F grade, Mandy Brown, Ellie Davies, Sally Hawkswell, Anthea Swain and Julia Crowley were runners up with Mandy Brown shining throughout the weekend to win best number three. 
The Galloping Gully junior side of Natasha Rice, Sara Little, Tom Hamilton, Jess Melbourne, Angus Knight (Narrabri) and Makayla Elford (Narrabri) played the most exciting final of the entire weekend. 
Spectators were jumping out of their seats, cheering, holding their breath, laughing, almost crying, every emotion was felt within four chukkas of polocrosse. 
The nail biting finish ended with Gully beating Mendooran by just one goal. Both teams played very well. Tom Hamilton was awarded best number one and Makayla Elford was best number three.
There were 12 subbies which included Gully’s Hughie Hunter who played in sections all weekend, lots of fun was had by all.
Champion Junior Boy was awarded to Tom Hamilton, Champion Lady Player went to Sara Melbourne and over 40 award went to Lachlan Melbourne.
A great Job was done by Gully president Scott Richardson and all members of the club. 
Thanks to Kate Rice and her band of helpers who ran the kitchen and the whole club put in a huge amount of time, energy and effort into running a fabulous carnival.