Johannesburg International Polo

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For more information on Johannesburg International Polo, please contact the SA Polo Association:

Bridget Macduff

031 303 3903

083 280 8448

The South African Polo Association will be hosting the Johannesburg International Polo event on Sunday 9 September 2018 at its newly acquired premises, Riverfields Polo Estate. This venue is located very close to OR Tambo International Airport and is across the highway from Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate. The venue has easy access from the R21 highway and is central to Johannesburg and Pretoria. In addition to access off the highway, there is also the Gautrain option from any station on the network to OR Tambo where we will be offering a shuttle service to the grounds.

We are delighted to announce that Australia have accepted our invitation to send a team to play against South Africa in what is always a hotly contested sporting rivalry enjoyed by all. Australia are no strangers to South Africa having toured 5 times previously in 1975, 1994, 1999, 2003 and 2011 for this International. The visitors have won three out of these five Tests so South Africa will be very keen to even the scores with a local win this year!

Please see detailed directions to our new venue below. We have also included ticket pricing details for the General Public, Picnic Sites and Marquee Sites. New legislation has come into force regarding food and drinks at the event - please read the below information carefully! There will be a public caterer, bar and coffee at the event. Should you have any further queries or require any other information, please feel free to contact Bridget Macduff on bridget@sapolo.co.za

TICKETS - PICNIC SITES

PICNIC SITES LOCATION
All Picnic Sites will run along the East Bank side of the polo field this year and will be overlooking the field itself. There will be one row of Picnic Sites on the grass (called the Ground Level Picnic Sites) with the other row of Picnic Sites raised on decking behind those (called the Raised Level Picnic Sites). Please see diagram below indicating the layout this year. Each site for 10 people comes with the following:
-- 4m x 4m white picket fenced area
-- 10 x picnic wristbands
-- 10 x white plastic chairs
-- 1 x trestle table
-- 1 x canvas umbrella

PICNIC SITES PRICE
-- Ground Level VIP Picnic Sites: R7 700 (including VAT) per site of 10 people
-- Ground Level Non-VIP Picnic Sites: R4 900 including VAT per site of 10 people
-- Raised Level VVIP Picnic Sites: R10 500 (including VAT) per site of 10 people
-- Raised Level Non-VIP Picnic Sites: R8 500 (including VAT) per site of 10 people

PICNIC SITES - HOW TO BUY TICKETS
-- Vicky Harris: vicksharris@gmail.com or 071 608 8793



PICNIC SITE FOOD & BEVERAGES - IMPORTANT
Please see following very important changes regarding food and beverages in the Picnic Sites at the 2018 Johannesburg International Polo:
-- BEVERAGES: New legislation has been passed and the city by-laws no longer allows any members of the public to bring in their own alcohol and also prohibits the use of glass in the public and picnic areas at the event. It is for this reason that all Picnic Site guests will need to pre-order all beverages (and plastic glasses if required) through Vicky Harris via our appointed bar company for the event. There will be a wide range of stock made available at competitive prices. This will need to be paid for ahead of time and will be placed in your sites upon arrival. There will be a facility to purchase more stock on the day should this be required. No alcohol will be sold to anyone under the age of 18 years old
-- FOOD: City by-laws require the event organizers to inform the public that legislation states that no hard picnic baskets or cooler boxes are permitted at the event (these are deemed tripping hazards) and only collapsible picnic baskets are allowed. Picnic guests are welcome to bring in their own food or arrange their own catering but please note that no cooler boxes or hard picnic baskets will be allowed on site on the day

TICKETS - GENERAL PUBLIC

GENERAL PUBLIC LOCATION
All General Public will located in the two allocated General Public Areas

GENERAL PUBLIC PRICE
TBC

GENERAL PUBLIC - HOW TO BUY TICKETS
TBC

GENERAL PUBLIC FOOD & BEVERAGES - IMPORTANT
Please see following very important changes regarding food and beverages in the General Public Area at the 2018 Johannesburg International Polo:
 
--  BEVERAGES: New legislation has been passed and the city by-laws no longer allows any members of the public to bring in their own alcohol and also prohibits the use of glass in the public and picnic areas at the event. It is for this reason that all alcoholic beverages will need to be purchased at the Public Bar on the day through our appointed bar company for the event. There will be a wide range of stock made available at competitive prices. No alcohol will be sold to anyone under the age of 18 years old
-- FOOD: City by-laws require the event organizers to inform the public that legislation states that no hard picnic baskets or cooler boxes are permitted at the event (these are deemed tripping hazards) and only collapsible picnic baskets are allowed. General public are welcome to bring in their own food but please note that no cooler boxes or hard picnic baskets will be allowed on site on the day. There will be a public caterer on the day who will be selling a variety of food options


TICKETS - MARQUEE SITES

MARQUEE SITES LOCATION
All Marquee Sites will be located on the West Bank side of the polo field which is the opposite side to the Picnic Sites - see diagram below. Each Marquee Site will be built ontop of a decked structure that is +/- 500mm high overlooking the field

MARQUEE SITES PRICE
Quotes available for bookings from 50 pax up to 500 pax

MARQUEE SITES - HOW TO BOOK
-- Bridget Macduff: bridget@sapolo.co.za or 083 280 8448



DIRECTIONS TO RIVERFIELDS POLO ESTATE

TRAVELLING FROM THE SOUTH

-- Proceed past OR Tambo Airport on the R21 highway (Albertina Sisulu Freeway) for approximately 5km
-- Take the R23 offramp (Benoni)
-- At the traffic lights turn left onto the R23 (also known as High Road)
-- Proceed down the R23 to the next set of traffic lights (intersection with Monument Road)
-- Proceed through these traffic lights for approximately 100m and Riverfields Polo Estate will be on the right

TRAVELLING FROM PRETORIA
-- Proceed on the R21 highway (Albertine Sisulu Freeway) for approximately 35km from Pretoria
-- Take the R23 offramp (Benoni)
-- At the traffic lights turn right onto the R23 (also known as High Road)
-- Proceed down the R23 through two sets of traffic lights - the last being the intersection with Monument Rd
-- Proceed through these traffic lights for approximately 100m and Riverfields Polo Estate will be on the right

GPS CO-ORDINATES
-- 26.053083 / 28.272521

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).

South Africa

Davey Evans (5)

John Eustace (5)

Gareth Evans (6)

Tom de Bruin © (7)

Total (23)

Reserve Mike Osborn (4)

Manager Clive Peddle

Uruguay

Mauricio Sánchez (5)

Santiago Stirling © (5)

Pablo Fernandez LLorente (6)

Martin Tassara (6)

Total (22)
Reserve Aparicio Oddo (4)

Shongweni Results

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

Waterfall Results

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