New Zealand wins the first match in BMW International Polo Series against South Africa
- New Zealand wins the first match in BMW International Polo Series against South Africa.
- Final test to be played at the Waterfall Polo Estate this Sunday.
- BMW S outh Africa and SA Polo association celebrate twenty-sixth year of partnership – the longest-running sports sponsorship in South Africa.
Midrand – The start of the 2015 BMW International Polo Series saw an epic battle between New Zealand and South Africa last Sunday at the Shongweni Polo Fields in KwaZulu-Natal. The visiting country won 9 – 8 in the first Test.
Regardless of the gloomy and wet weather, nothing came in the way of an entertaining match. Polo enthusiasts also came out in their numbers to watch the game. The South African team was able to capitalise on their home ground advantage in the first half. However, it was in the last moments of the last chukka that stood out the most when New Zealand’s JP Clarkin’s goal steered the team to their victory.
Speaking at the event, Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW Group South Africa, said; “For the past 25 years, the BMW International Polo Series has revealed and showcased the best sportsmen in international and development polo. This year, we are celebrating our twenty-sixth (26th) year of partnership with the South African Polo Association which marks it as one of the longest-running sports sponsorships in South Africa.”
Clive Peddle, Executive Director of the South African Polo Association and South African team coach said; “The partnership between BMW and the South African Polo Association has made the development of the sport possible. We are extremely grateful for the incredible support from BMW. This has encouraged more young players to enter the sport and has solidified South Africa’s presence in the world of Polo.”
South Africa takes on New Zealand in the second and final test this Sunday, 20 September at the Waterfall Polo Estate.
Second test match: 20 September 2015, Waterfall Polo Estate, Johannesburg. Tickets are R120 per person for general admission.
Children under the age of 12 will be able admitted free of charge.