It’s been busy year for Alton Downs-based polocrosse player
IT has been a busy, not to mention successful, year for the Alton Downs-based polocrosse player, Kel Booth.
"It has been a very busy season," Booth said.
"The busiest I've ever had. I have played far more carnivals this year than ever before and those carnivals have been at a higher level."
At the start of the year, Booth was playing in New Zealand on a three-week scholarship and although he found it a positive experience, it was not what he was expecting.
"They play very differently over there than we do up here," Booth explained.
"They concentrate far more on ball skills and far less on horsemanship. But it was great experience. I learned new skills and made some good friends."
After returning from across the ditch, the RGS student was part of the Queensland team which played a three-way carnival in Warwick in August against NSW and an invitational Australian team.
"That was interesting," Booth said.
"I had some mates in the Aussie team so there was a friendly rivalry. It was good to see how I stacked up and the coaching was exceptional. The carnival attracted the very best polocrosse coaches."
And how did he stack up?
"I think I did pretty well," Booth said.
"I am not quite ready for Australia yet, but I will see how that goes in a few years' time."
Then, in September, Booth was part of the Capricornia team which won the Queensland Zone Championships at St George.
The Capricornia team won convincingly, defeating Leichhardt 25-6 in the final.
"That's a big win in polocrosse," Booth said.
"We had a very strong team."
Most notably, Booth was awarded the Capricornia Zone's Most Valuable Player for the championships.
And then, earlier this month, Booth played for his polocrosse club, Bauhinia, in the Queensland Club Championships in Cunningham.
And they won.
It was a remarkable effort.
That is only the third time Bauhinia has been crowned Queensland's club polocrosse champions in the last 50 years.
"That was wonderful," Booth said.
"I thought we would go close, but I didn't think we would win it.
"Certainly not by 27 goals to nine in the final."
Another big score for a team in which Kel Booth played.
And he packed all of that before turning 16.
It's his birthday tomorrow.