Welwyn Garden City horseball team triumph

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 November 2015

Courtney Goodhew, Annabelle Tobin, Gail Maisey, Jazz Tarry & Sarah Tobin with horses Bonnie & Lottie

Courtney Goodhew, Annabelle Tobin, Gail Maisey, Jazz Tarry & Sarah Tobin with horses Bonnie & Lottie

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Warden Lodge Horseball Team blazed a trail to glory when it won the British Horseball Association Open Championships 2015.

The club is based in the stables in Hertford Road, and team captain Sarah Tobin, 41, of Longcroft Lane, Welwyn Garden City, described the sport as “the closest you are going to get to quidditch” – referring to the sport shown in Harry Potter.

Horseball involves four horses on two teams being ridden by players attempting to throw a leather-strapped ball through the opponent’s hoop. It is played on a 60m by 20m pitch surrounded by inflatable barriers.

The national tournament was held at Onley Grounds Farm, near Rugby, at the end of October, and involved six teams battling it out for the cup.

Reflecting on the team’s triumph, Sarah said: “It was amazing. There was a great feeling of accomplishment especially because we are a local team full of local people, so it’s nice to bring some good news back to the community.”

For the full story, check out next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out Wednesday, December 2.


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