HORSEBALL MATCH - AUSTRALIA vs UK
Thursday 7th November, Riverina Arena
Presented by the Australian Horseball Association, EQUITANA Sydney will host a match between the Australian and UK teams. The international players will include Stuart Copeland, Becky Markwell, Sam Coulman, Joe Benham and Jasmine Granger. Members of the Australian team will be selected from competition series that will be played in Camden July 20 & 21, Coffs Harbour August 24 & 25 and Goulburn September 14 & 15. Watch this space for more updates.
Horseball was introduced to Australia in 2009 off the back of the sport’s popularity throughout Europe. Horseball is a game played on horseback where a soccer ball, with handles attached, is passed amongst players and points are scored by shooting it through a high net (approximately 1.5m x 1.5m). The sport is a combination of polo, rugby, and basketball.
Two teams of four players attempt to score into the opponent's goal making a minimum of 3 passes between 3 different players on their team then scoring a goal through a hoop shaped vertical goal. The team with the most number of goals wins the game.
The rules of the game ensure a fast yet safe game that is enjoyable to play and to watch. The game is controlled by two referees one mounted and the second one seated with a view of the entire pitch. The ideal dimensions of the playing arena are 25 x 65 metres, although variations on this (both smaller and larger) are allowed. The goals are one meter loops hooked vertically at 4.50 metres off the ground.
This sport originated in Argentina, dating back to early 1700, and in 1953 was declared Argentina’s national game. The name of the game "pato" derives from the use of a live duck instead of the six-handled ball. The game as it is known today, including the use of a ball instead of an animal, was defined in the 1930.