Aug 17 2017
2017 PRINCE OF WALES CUP:
As per my previous newsletter, this year’s POW Cup will take the form of a once off international against a team from Kenya. With the loss of Waterfall and the lack of an alternate facility suitable to sponsors, Mr Concierge, we agreed to host a “mini international” at approximately 14-goal level against an African country. Their initial choice was to invite a team from Nigeria but when this was not possible the Kenyan Polo Association accepted SAPA’s invitation. The event will take place at the Rosefield Polo Club on Sunday 10th September. The sponsors will be responsible for all hospitality invites although SAPA will be allocated a number of tickets for distribution to its members. Kenya have agreed to send the following 11 goal team:
- Tiva Gross (2)
- Mbugua Ngugi (2)
- Archie Voorspuy (3)
- Jamie Murray (4) (Captain)
The South African team was selected by the national selectors. In order to save on transport costs, players from Gauteng were considered with preference given to players who have consistently loaned horses for past BMW Series internationals. In the interests of transformation, SAPA took the opportunity to include a development player. The South African team is as follows:
- Zompie Tsotetsi (2)
- Stephen Stewart (2)
- James Kane Berman (4) (Captain)
- Campbell Macnab (3)
As with previous events under Mr Concierge’s sponsorship, this promises to be a high profile VIP event that will promote and show case polo in Gauteng.
Bridget and I met with BMW to discuss their participation in the 2018 Johannesburg event. BMW indicated they would definitely like to return to a polo sponsorship deal provided SAPA can secure suitable premises in Gauteng and KZN. They definitely don’t want to return to Shongweni and would support an event in the Ballito area. They also indicated a possible international in Cape Town in 2019. Negotiations are currently underway with encouraging results. We will keep everyone appraised as and when further progress is made.
A successful ladies coaching clinic was held over the weekend of 15/16 July at East Rand Polo Club. Sixteen ladies attended and all agreed that the weekend was a very worthwhile exercise. Our thanks to Galia who spent many hours of hard work in getting this initiative off the ground. Also, to the coaches who gave up their weekend to spend time imparting knowledge and polo skills to the ladies – Duncan Ellis, Murray Spark, Matthew de Gersigny, Zompie Tsotetsi and Crispin Cheadle.
INAUGRAL ARENA POLO EVENT IN MPUMULANGA:
SAPA has engaged with the Mpumalanga Agricultural Show Committee to stage an arena polo tournament over their spring show weekend (1-3 September) in an effort to promote polo in the Province. The event has received a high level of interest from businesses in the town of Nelspruit as well as surrounding areas and promises to be a high profile event. Warren Lurie initiated talks with the local City Council and has been instrumental in getting this off the ground. Our thanks to Warren and his team for their efforts in ensuring the tournament is a success. Teams for the event are as follows:
Crispin Cheadle (3)
Craig James (3)
Warren Lurie (3)
Ian Stewart (2)
Leroux Hendriks (5)
Campbell Macnab (3)
Candice Kane Berman (0)
Brett Watson (5)
James Kane Berman (4)
TEAM DU PREEZ
Johann du Preez (3)
Davey Evans (5)
Dirk Uys (3)
The event is part of SAPA’s initiative to bring polo to provinces where the sport is little known. This in accordance with SASCOC’s directive that all sport should be represented in all nine geopolitical provinces.
After being washed out in May, the Natal Champs tournament was held at Karkloof Polo Club over the weekend of 21-23 July. Twelve teams took part in three sections with some closely contested matches in the 8 and 4 goal sections. Congratulations to Rupert Crowe and the Natal Committee for a very well run tournament. Hopefully this prestigious tournament will be better supported by Natal clubs in future years. For the results, please see www.sapolo.co.za/results
Judging by the two pictures below it appears South African polo is alive and well!!! Kiddies chukkas during the qualifying Africa Cup Tournament at east Rand Polo Club.
As usual, any comments or suggestions are welcome.
Managing Director – South African Polo Association