Polocrosse teen grabs glory for UK

Young polocrosse star Matt Smith

Young polocrosse star Matt Smith

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While the Olympics has been taking centre stage this week, a Lord Williams’s pupil has been doing his bit to give Great Britain some sporting success.

Haddenham teen Matt Smith has recently returned from the first ever Junior Quadrangular competition in Ireland where the UK under 16 squad saw off the hosts, South Africa and New South Wales to claim the trophy.

Polocrosse is described as lacrosse on horseback and Smith has been playing the sport for five years.

After making it through a vigorous selection process he was chosen to represent the UK.

A spokesman for the squad said: “As for most of this summer the weather was appalling and mud was the word of the day. It was a difficult task as they had to play South Africa, New South Wales and Ireland.

“The first match was against Ireland and every member of the team showed commitment, hunger for the ball, team work and super stick skills.”

The UK proved unbeatable, smashing the Emerald Isle 20-5 before going on to edge out South Africa 18-16. The UK then saw off New South Wales to claim their first ever Junior Quadrangular. To see a demonstration of polocrosse visit the Horsewyse fun day at Westfield Farm in Long Crendon on August 18.