New Zealand

Polocrosse in New Zealand 

New Zealand has 9 polocrosse clubs with 322 members and 10 carnivals each year. There are four National Fixtures (Juniors & Intermediates; Roke & Rockwood; Inter Associations Champs; Sponsors Carnival or High Goal Competition) 

History of polocrosse in New Zealand

Polocrosse started in New Zealand in 1967 in King Country. It was mainly played by farmers and shepherds. 

New Zealand at the World Cup 

2003 – 2nd place 

2007 – 4th place 

2011 – 5th  place 

2015 – 5th place 

What is unique about polocrosse in New Zealand? 

New Zealand is small in comparison to other countries, and currently polocrosse is only played in the North Island, so most clubs only have to travel small distances each weekend to play polocrosse -  between 2 and 4 hours drive. Most clubs are able to play polocrosse every weekend throughout the summer months. 

What will give New Zealand an edge at the World Cup? 

Shane Hill is our coach! 

We have very talented young players coming through.  

Unlike other years where we have been disadvantaged by going into the World Cup in our off season, this year we may have an edge by going straight into the World Cup after the end of our polocrosse season, so our players will be on form ready to go. 

Does New Zealand have rules that differ from international rules? 

  • No riding through the goal posts

  • Two minute stand down for late umpires

Junior polocrosse in New Zealand 

Kids can start to play at any age. Junior level is very strong and very competitive. We have a Junior and Intermediate competition each year, and we have three Junior Scholarships to Australia each year. Our Juniors usually travel to Australia for competition each season (or an Australian state comes to New Zealand)

The 2019 New Zealand World Cup team

Ladies: Mirren Tye, Beth Peaker, Jemma Murray and Kyla Hill

Men: Russell Tye, Beau Moore, Jarrod Richardson and Jason White


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Country New Zealand

Club Te Mata

Occupation Marketing Officer

Number of years played 18 Years

Past representation NZ Juniors 2007 - 2009 NZ Intermediates 2010 - 2014 NZ Women's 2011 - 2018 NZ World Cup Team 2015

Country New Zealand

Club Counties

Occupation Farmer / Farrier

Number of years played 20 Years

Past representation Queensland teams

Country New Zealand

Club Kaikohe

Occupation Administrator

Number of years played 20 Years

Past representation 2010 NZ Ladies Development Squad 2018 NZ Ladies Team

Country New Zealand

Position Vice Captain

Club Te Mata

Occupation Self-Employed

Number of years played 17 Years

Past representation 2011 World Cup 2015 World Cup 2018 NZ Ladies Team

Country New Zealand

Club Kaikohe

Occupation Refractory Engineer

Number of years played 12 Years

Past representation 2015 World Cup

Country New Zealand

Club Putaruru-Tirau

Occupation Sales Intern

Number of years played 15 Years

Past representation 2012 -2016 NZ Juniors 2016-2018 NZ Intermediates 2018 NZ Ladies

Country New Zealand

Position Captain

Club Putaruru - Tirau

Occupation Welder

Number of years played 38 Years

Past representation NZ Intermediates NZ Men's NZ Open's (World Cup)

Country New Zealand

Club Counties

Occupation Earthmoving Machine Operator

Number of years played 10 Years

Past representation NZ Juniors NZ Intermediates NZ Barbarians Africa 2017 NZ Barastoc 2018


Country New Zealand

Role Coach

Club Te Mata

Occupation Drystock Manager

Number of years played 31 Years

Past representation Numerous teams from Juniors and Intermediates to world cup teams

Country New Zealand

Role Manager

Club Putaruru Tirau

Occupation Police Officer

Number of years played 34 Years

Past representation NZ Ladies and various open mixed teams 1995 to 2018, Quad Series 2009, World Cup 2003, 2015