Last weekend the 4 Nations Polocrosse Cup took place at the "Dop heets Del" in Kootwijkerbroek, Holland. The "best" players from France, Germany, Norway and Holland played against each other in sunny Kootwijkerbroek. This as a preparation for the World Cup in 2011 in the UK.
Exciting games were played, starting with the first game on Saturday, France vs Germany. It was immediately clear that the Germans had a very strong men's section who played as a real team and their No.1 player Max Scheller played brilliant and scored most of the goals for the Germans. But also the German ladies section played strong and played as a real team. Their defense against the strong Henson horses was good.
The Norwegians couldn't bring their own horses and rode on borrowed Dutch horses. They had a more experience section and a section with players who didn't play that often. Both sections played well, fought really hard and never gave up.
The Dutch didn't get into the games this weekend. Mistakes were made playing against the Germans Saturday afternoon and also the French's tactics nailed the Dutch team down. The team spirit of the Dutch was lost and they didn't play well as a team. So it is clear that more training need to be done for the World Cup.
The French were the strongest this weekend. Their horses are still better than the Dutch and German horses, but also the way of playing, tactics and stick skills were better. They deserved to be the winner of this 4 Nations Polocrosse Cup.
Sunday afternoon fun chukka's were played and all teams were mixed. It was a lot of fun and nice friendly chukka's were played. This was like the whole weekend; sociable, enjoyable and a lot of fun..like polocrosse must be!
Germany vs France: 8 -12
Norway vs Holland: 3 -19
Germany vs Holland: 13 - 8
France vs Norway: 19 - 3
Germany vs Norway: 16 - 3
France vs Holland: 15 - 7
Best female no. 1: Barbara Beaufils (France)
Best female no. 2: Camilla Blom (Norway)
Best female no. 3: Linda Wermuth (Germany)
Best male no. 1: Max Scheller (Germany)
Best male no. 2: Hayo Harder (Germany)
Best male no. 3: Bruno Wallet (France)
Best overall female player: Fleur Bartels with Cimarron (Holland) - prize sponsored by Bomber
Best overall male player: Jochem Elsinga with Jelle (Holland) - prize sponsored by Bomber
Best horse: Spirit owner Leanne Boekholdt (Holland)
Best combination: Florien Luitse and Tuesday (Holland)