Johannesburg International Polo
The enormously successful BMW International Polo Series was played against a touring international team each year for 27 years from 1990 - 2016. The first Test was played in Durban and the second the following weekend, in Johannesburg. 2016 marked the 27th and final year of partnership between BMW South Africa and the SA Polo Association. At the time this was 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, and through the BMW sponsorship, the SA Polo Association was able to invite leading polo nations to play in South Africa to test the local high goal players and National side in the International arena. This collaboration also allowed the Association to invest in the development of polo through its transformation policy.
The South African Polo Association aims to host the Johannesburg event in September 2018 at its newly acquired premises close to OR Tambo International. The venue boasts easy access from the R21 highway and is central to Johannesburg and Pretoria. In addition to access off the highway, Rhodesfield Gautrain station is a mere 4 km away allowing alternate access for those wishing not to drive.
We are very excited about the prospects of the 2018 event with a new sponsor at SAPA's new premises. As soon as further details become available they will be posted on SA Polo’s website. Should you have any further queries or require any other information, please feel free to contact Bridget Macduff on email@example.com
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