Midlands International Polo
MATCH REPORT - MIDLANDS INTERNATIONAL POLO 2018
Record crowds were drawn to Lions River on Sunday 6 May 2018 to watch the inaugural Midlands International Polo against India. The support of this crowd, and the beauty of the autumnal Midlands, helped to inspire the South African team to a convincing win of 12 - 5½.
Martin Watson, playing in the pivotal No 3 position, set the ball rolling with a goal in the first minute of the game. Another from Watson followed in the second chukka as well as one from Captain Tom de Bruin, offset by the Indian team's first goal. The third chukka saw a hattrick of goals from Mike Osborn which gave South Africa a comfortable lead at halftime of 7 - 2½. The Indian team battled valiantly in the second half with goals coming from their Captain Ravi Rathore and Gaurav Singh but the opposing team also gave away a few penalties.Col Rathore was generous in his praise of the South Africans afterwards remarking on their astute teamwork in passing the ball and said his team had been more than happy with the quality of the ponies that had been lent to them by local players. Man-of-the-Match, adjudicated by previous South African player and past President of the SA Polo Association, Mr Mike Rattray, was awarded to Mike Osborn. The Best Playing Pony prizes were awarded to “Wyzoo” owned by Rory Bryden and ridden by Colonel Ravi Rathore as well as “Clyde” owned by Ben Crowe and ridden by Siddhant Sharma.
The main curtain raiser was a thrilling match between Michaelhouse and Hilton teams consisting of old boys from these two schools. Having not led throughout the match Michaelhouse caught up to their age-old rivals in the last chukka and in the dying minute scored the winning goal to edge Hilton out 9-8. Have a look at our results page to see the full set of match results from the day.
The South African Polo Association is enormously grateful for the support of the event sponsors Grindrod Bank, Jonsson Workwear and SMG Jaguar Land Rover Pietermaritzburg. The event would not have been possible without the committment and assistance of the Lions River Polo Club, fellow polo players who hosted the touring team, pony lenders and all the spectators who came out in their numbers to support the day!
We look forward to hosting this event again in 2019 and will provide details of dates & tickets towards the end of this year. Please note the below ticketing information refers to the 2018 event.
2018 Midlands International - Indian Team
- Padmanabh Singh (2)
- Gaurav Sahgal (4)
- Col Ravi Rathore (5) - Captain
- Siddhant Sharma (3)
Reserve: Salim Azmi (3)
National Coach: Uday Kalaan (3)
2018 Midlands International - South African Team
- Tysen O'Sullivan (2)
- Michael Osborn (4)
- Martin Watson (2)
- Tom de Bruin (7) - Captain
Reserve: Cameron Chubb (2)
PICNIC SITE: R2 300 for 10 people
R230 per person - Kids U/12 are free
ENTRANCE: GATE 1
This will give you a 5m x 4m picket fenced area on the side of the field close to the action. You will get 10 tickets, 10 white plastic chairs and 1 trestle table. You are welcome to bring your own gazebo, food & drinks but we will have a few jumping castles for kids, a public caterer (Simply Yum), public bar (Artisan Bars, Gin Tin & Poison City Breweries), public coffee (City Roast) & an ice cream van (Freddo) setup on the General Admission side of the field
GENERAL ADMISSION: R200 per car
Kids U/12 are free
ENTRANCE: GATE 3
Entry on the day will only cost R200 per car so gather up as many friends and family as you can and come and join us on the day. These tickets can only be purchased at the gates on the day. You are welcome to bring your own gazebo, food & drinks but we will have a few jumping castles for kids, a public caterer (Simply Yum), public bar (Artisan Bars, Gin Tin & Poison City Breweries), public coffee (City Roast) & an ice cream van (Freddo) setup on the General Admission side of the field
Program of Events
|09h00||Gates Open to Public|
|10h00 - 11h00||Elands vs Bushbucks Kids Polo Match|
|11h00 - 12h00||Ngunis vs Ankoles Polo Match|
|12h00 - 13h00||Hilton College vs Michaelhouse Polo Match|
|13h30 - 15h00||South Africa vs India|
|15h30 - 19h00||Live Band|
Midlands International Polo Site Plan
Directions to Lions River Polo Club / GPS Co-ordinates