21 November 2010 Photos and Story; MiSociety Tweet
Chukka another Polo on the barbie – ‘cos Sydney can’t get enough
Polo in the City at Sydney’s Centennial Park has firmly galloped onto the city’s social calendar at lightening speed although this was only it’s fifth year. The weather gods blessed the day again for 2010 bringing hoards of the well shod to Centennial Park to party, socialise, eat, drink and oh yes, watch Polo.
Chic corporate marquees encircled the paddock with invited guests initially lounging in style as they quaffed the ‘Veuve’ sipped the ‘Pimms’ and languished over ‘Lady Luck’ RTD’s. That was until the Polo ponies hit the field causing an almost abandonment of the marquees as the eager spectators jostled for viewing vantage points. Many stayed on the grass walkway to mingle, hobnob and (of course) to be seen.
The Polo action, with teams comprising of globally recognised players, saw the two fast moving games on the tight field hotly contested. The Pro-Am Challenge match was the opener with Lady Luck going up against Fairline. The main match, The Paspaley Cup, saw team Audi battling it out with Veuve Clicquot. These Polo teams are sponsored by their namesakes; Lady Luck (vodka pre-mix from Cruiser), Fairline (CRS Yachts and Luxury Cruisers), Audi (Motor Vehicles), Veuve Clicquot (Champagne).
Polo in the City fashions were varied for both boys and girls with many variations on the theme. Incorporating all colours and styles most looked fabulous with only a minority dressed as though they were heading for a city bar with their stilettos sinking in the grass. Some Polo fashion clues for next time.
Emma Freedman performed the ‘Ball Drop’ for the Paspaley Cup with the matches being interspersed with the traditional ‘divot stomping’ spiced up with a ‘find the champers cork’ for prizes. More fun ensued with ‘dashes’ for both ladies and men and ride the wooden Polo pony test.
Many here were Polo watching novices but MiSociety’s vox pops during the day showed that the interest in Polo in Sydney is matching the world wide trend where Polo is now the fastest growing equine sport.
Rob Ballard – 3 goals (1 in 1st, 3rd and 4th)
Glen Gilmore – 4 goals (2 in 3rd and 2 in 4th)
Ruki Ballieu – 4 goals (1 in 1st, 1 in 2nd and 2 in 4th chukka)
Ric McCarthy – 4 goals (1 in 1st, 2 in 2nd and 1 in 4th chukka)
Nick Wills – 3 goals (1 in 2nd, 1 in 3rd and 1 in 4th chukka)
Lochlin Graham – 2 goals (1st and 3rd chukka)
Gus Graham – 1 goal (1st chukka)
Angus Campbell – 4 goals (1 in 2nd, 1 in 3rd and 2 in 4th chukka(
Adam Meally 6 goals (2 in 1st chukka, 2 in 2nd chukka and 2 in 4th chukka)
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