2013 BMW International Polo Series – Shongweni


Durban – Durban Shongweni Club in Hillcrest played  host on Sunday, August 18 to the first test of the 2013 BMW  International Polo Series, which saw the South African Polo team pit  their skills against a young touring international Chilean team.

BMW Polo

The rain held out for the first test at Shongweni with a chilly  breeze keeping the players on their toes for what was a highly  competitive match. The first test saw both teams play a very defensive  game and attacking at every opportunity. The final chukka ended with a  4-4 tie and Juan Ignacia Vercellino, Captain of the Chilean side, was  awarded man of the match.

The South Americans have toured on five previous occasions and  although they have beaten South Africa in Chile, they have never been  victorious on South African soil.

The second test of the tournament will be played at the spacious  Waterfall Polo Park in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, on August.25.  It  will be at this event that the overall winner of the 2013 BMW  International Polo Series will be determined.

BMW Polo Durban

Taking the reins for the South African Polo Team this year as  captain, is 35 year old Guy Watson (5-goal player), a member of the  polo-steeped Watson family. With vast international experience  including countries such as the USA, New Zealand and India, Watson  provided great leadership to his team as South Africa came back to tie  with Chile after being one goal down at the end of half time.

Representing the rest of the young, talented South African side is  Watson’s nephew, Byron Watson (17 years old & 3-goal), Lance  Watson (26 years old & 5-goal), Leroux Hendriks (27 years old  & 5-goal), and reserves Duncan Watson (22 years old & 5-goal)  and Cody Ellis (18 years old & 3-goal).

BMW’s collaboration with the South African Polo Association is one of  the longest-running sports sponsorships in South Africa – this year  marks 24 years of BMW’s commitment to the sport.

The second Test at Waterfall Polo Park is set to be filled with loads  of action and great sportsmanship as Chile and South Africa charge for  the ultimate victory in the final of the 2013 BMW International Polo  Test series.