BMW International Polo Series
The BMW International Polo Series has been played against a touring international team each year for the past 27 years. The first Test was played in Durban and the second Test, played the following weekend, took place in Johannesburg. 2016 marked the 27th year of partnership between BMW South Africa and the SA Polo Association, this being one of the longest-running consecutive sports sponsorships in South Africa. Our gratitude is extended to BMW’s long standing support of South African Polo as through the BMW sponsorship, the SA Polo Association is able to invite leading polo nations to play in South Africa and through this, test our local high goal players and National side in the International arena. The collaboration also allows the Association to invest in the development of polo through its transformation policy.
Waterfall Polo Estate, where the BMW International Polo Series has been held for the past five years, has now been sold to a housing development. The SA Polo Association has been actively looking for a new home for International polo but has been unable to secure suitable premises for the 2017 event. In conjunction with BMW, it was decided to postpone the International until 2018 whereupon the event will return to SAPA’s new premises in Johannesburg. SAPA will communicate details of the new venue and date as soon as confirmed later this year.
We are aware that this event has become a highlight on the social calendar particularly in Johannesburg over the past 27 years of partnership with BMW and will no doubt be missed by many this year. We believe the event will be bigger and better from 2018 onwards and look forward to circulating details of SAPA’s exciting new home in due course. If you have any further questions or require any other information, please feel free to contact Bridget Macduff on firstname.lastname@example.org
BMW South Africa and the SA Polo Association celebrated their twenty-seven year partnership in 2016 which is the longest-running consecutive sports sponsorship in South Africa.
The second and final test of the 2016 BMW International Polo Series saw an epic battle between South Africa and Uruguay on Sunday, 11th September at the Waterfall Polo Estate in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. The South African team had secured a hard fought 9-8 triumph in their first test match at Shongweni Club in Hillcrest, Durban on Sunday 4th September. The second match was yet again another hard fought battle with neither side giving any quarter.
The second and final test match started with windy weather conditions, and both teams seemed determined to provide an entertaining and energetic match. The game started at 14h30 with the Uruguayans slotting two quick goals in the first chukkas without reply from the hosts. Davie Evans opened South Africa’s account with a goal in the second with another from brother Gareth to put South Africa on the board. Martin Tassara of Uruguay kept them in the lead with a well hit penalty. South Africa levelled matters in the third without reply from Uruguay whilst the South African scored twice in the fourth period to take a 5-3 lead. Just when matters looked to be going South Africa’s way Uruguay countered with two superb goals in the fifth – one by Santi Sterling and another by Pablo Llorente. The sixth and last chukka saw both teams attacking at every opportunity with captain Tom de Bruin scoring for South Africa to clinch a 7-5 victory. The man of the match trophy was awarded to Tom de Bruin with the best playing pony award going to Warren Lurie’s “Castenetta”
Team players for South Africa were: Tom de Bruin (7 Goal), Gareth Evans (6 Goal), John Eustace (5 Goal), Davey Evans (5 Goal) and reserve Mike Osborn (4 Goal). The Uruguayan team consisted of Mauricio Sanchez (5 Goal), Santiago Stirling (5 Goal), Pablo Fernandez Llorente (6 Goal), Martin Tassara (6 Goal) and reserve, Aparicio Oddo (4 Goal).
Davey Evans (5)
John Eustace (5)
Gareth Evans (6)
Tom de Bruin © (7)
Reserve Mike Osborn (4)
Manager Clive Peddle
Mauricio Sánchez (5)
Santiago Stirling © (5)
Pablo Fernandez LLorente (6)
Martin Tassara (6)
Reserve Aparicio Oddo (4)
South Africa beat Uruguay 9 goals to 8
Man-of-the-Match Gareth Evans
Best Pony Velvetino owned by Walter Grindrod and ridden by Pablo Fernandez LLorente
South Africa beat Uruguay 7 goals to 5
Man-of-the-Match Tom de Bruin
Best Pony Castanetta owned by Warren Lurie and ridden by Martin Tassara