Polo pun­ters lap up ‘iconic’ tour­na­ment

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Ca­ble Beach was trans­formed into a polo par­adise last week­end when 47 ma­jes­tic ponies and their riders thrilled crowds and guests dur­ing the two-day tour­na­ment.

The pro­fes­sional polo ponies em­barked on a 2000km jour­ney from Perth to com­pete in Airnorth Ca­ble Beach Polo.

Three teams fea­tur­ing some of the world’s best polo play­ers thrilled spec­ta­tors as they thrashed and col­lided on the fa­mous sand.

Com­pe­ti­tion was fierce on both days, but it was Mer­chant Ship­ping’s team fea­tur­ing Zac Johnson, Hugo Fis­cher and Tex Web­ster that won the tour­na­ment and walked away with the Pas­pa­ley Aus­traliasian Beach Polo Cup.

Com­ing up be­hind them was the Bun­na­m­a­goo Es­tate Wines team fea­tur­ing Clin­ton Wheat­ley, Jack Archibald and Matt Welsh, who clinched the Broome In­ter­na­tional Air­port Cup.

More than 1000 peo­ple at­tended the mar­quees over the two days and hun­dreds watched from the beach.

Fash­ion­ably dressed guests en­joyed French cham­pagne and canapes as they soaked up all the ac­tion from the lux­ury VIP mar­quee.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded Sun­rise sports pre­sen­ter Mark Beretta, who said Ca­ble Beach Polo was an “iconic” event.

“As a bucket list item, it ex­ceeded all my ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said.

Cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued late on Sun­day with the af­ter-party at Matso’s.

Event founder Mar­i­lynne Pas­pa­ley said the 2017 polo tour­na­ment was a huge suc­cess.

Shire of Broome pres­i­dent Ron John­ston said the event was fan­tas­tic for the town and it was get­ting “big­ger and bet­ter”.

Picture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Ge­orgina Frost and Emma Pers­son en­joy­ing the en­ter­tain­ment of the Ca­ble Beach Polo on Sun­day.

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