On Sunday May 21 at the PCVEC, Central Zone was represented by two club teams, from Werribee and Gisborne at the PCV Mounted Games Teams Challenge. Both teams placed. Werribee 3rd and Gisborne 4th. It was an exciting day.
The riders had to learn 10 different games. Werribee had the advantage that their captain, Chris, is a regular mounted games competitor (in the national team, no less). The Gisborne riders learned the games at a rally and then practised during the week. Three of the Gisborne riders and two from Werribee were only 10 and 11 but they were all very keen. Part of their success is also due to the support of parents who took them to practices and then all the way down to Gladysdale.
Here are a few photos of the teams in action or waiting between heats. Larger versions can be seen if you click on the gallery below. If any parents took others, I can add them to the gallery.
At the end of the day, the teams lined up for the presentations. Warwick Slade presented a memorial trophy for Mathew to the winning senior team.
It is interesting to note that the winning junior team from East Gippsland Zone was a composite team. So while it is very bonding for a club team to practice together, if there aren't enough games riders in a club to make up a team, then a zone composite team is the go. Think about it for the October Zone Games qualifiers; and for the MG challenge next year.