FASH­ION: POLO BY THE SEA.

SOME GO FOR THE FASH­ION, OTH­ERS FOR THE FIL­LIES BUT IF YOU’RE LIKE AN­DREW FRASER-SCOTT AND JES­SICA BAMFORD YOU COULD COME BACK FROM POLO BY THE SEA WITH A FI­ANCE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | CONTENTS - WORDS: EMILY MAC­DON­ALD PHO­TOS: GLENN HAMPSON

Polo player An­drew Fraser-Scott is go­ing to have to keep his eye on the ball next Satur­day if he wants to not only win the match but bet­ter last year’s per­for­mance, which in­cluded a midgame pub­lic pro­posal. His lucky lady Jes­sica Bamford at­tends matches across Aus­tralia and is look­ing for­ward to the May 27 event on the Gold Coast.

Jes­sica says, as well as cheer­ing on her dash­ing fi­ance as he gal­lops around the field, there are plenty of other things to en­joy.

“I love the chance to dress up and en­joy a day by the sea with friends,” Jes­sica says.

“When I’m not en­joy­ing the food and drink I’m the wa­ter girl.

“Al­though some­times I for­get be­cause I’m en­joy­ing cham­pagne.

“My fash­ion tip is don’t wear stilet­tos – you’ll get stuck in the grass.

“Fas­ci­na­tors are not right for the event, wear a hat in­stead.”

An­drew, who trains three times a week and plays most week­ends, says polo is a huge adren­a­line rush for both par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors.

“You only have to hit a ball around a cou­ple of times and it be­comes ad­dic­tive. It’s a king’s sport with­out a doubt but I think it’s great that it’s be­com­ing more ac­ces­si­ble with events like this open to more peo­ple.”

At­ten­dees are re­quested to dress to im­press par­tic­u­larly as there is a $2000 Hugo Boss voucher up for grabs for both the women and men in the Pa­cific Fair Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion, with the run­ner-up to re­ceive a $250 credit at Sarah J Cur­tis Hats or a $200 voucher with Mr Sey­mour Hats.

We can’t prom­ise you’ll meet your prince at the event like Jes­sica did but Polo by the Sea has pre­vi­ously been at­tended by not only Gold Coast roy­alty, but ac­tual mem­bers of a royal fam­ily, in­clud­ing His High­ness the Ma­hara­jah Raghav Raj Singh Shivrati of Udaipur.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Fer­rari Bris­bane Polo by the Sea is on May 27 at Doug Jen­nings Park at the end of Seaworld Drive. Park­ing is avail­able on-site or guests can be dropped at the gates. Gates open at 11am and close at 5pm. The of­fi­cial af­ter-party is at The Star and shut­tle buses will be run­ning.

WHAT TO WEAR

Linen jack­ets, chi­nos and tai­lored shorts for the men and sun­dresses and flat shoes or sen­si­ble heels for the ladies. Stilet­tos should not be worn so both the play­ing grass and the wearer don’t meet an un­for­tu­nate fate. Fas­ci­na­tors are frowned upon – think over­sized sun hats in­stead.

THE RULES

Ur­ban polo is a ver­sion of the game de­vel­oped in Aus­tralia in 2005. It’s played on a smaller 140m field and the ball is larger, lighter and made of plas­tic. Points are scored by driv­ing the ball into the op­pos­ing team’s goal with a long-han­dled mal­let, which can only be held in the right hand. Play is di­vided into pe­ri­ods of time known as chukkas.

THE MARQUEES

Polo Lounge tick­ets are $84.80. The lounge is set up like a beer gar­den and guests can buy drinks and snacks. Pol Roger VIP Mar­quee en­try is $330 and can only be pur­chased by Ur­ban Polo As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers or in­vited guests. Guests will be served food and bev­er­ages in the heart of the ac­tion. Pri­vate marquees are $2200 and can fit up to 30 peo­ple. The 3x3m pagoda in­cludes a tres­tle ta­ble. Cater­ing is an ad­di­tional $97 per per­son. Cor­po­rate marquees are $3300 and house up to 30. Th­ese marquees also boast a bar, gar­den ta­bles and a larger fenced area. Cater­ing $97pp for the ba­sic, $126pp pre­mium and $178pp exclusive.

GET THE LOOK

Look one: Jes­sica wears Acrila red trousers, Flor­rie medium blue knit­ted sweater and Ko­lara jacket. An­drew wears Norvid blue jacket, Tessler white T-shirt and Rice pas­tel blue trousers. Look two: Jes­sica wears Dak­ila dress, Ly­mona scarf, Mu­nich mini and grey fe­dora. An­drew wears a Hust­sons jacket, Jenno shirt, Leno black knit­ted sweater, Stanino trousers and Ste­myo belt. All fash­ion by Hugo Boss Pa­cific Fair. Fe­dora by SarahJCur­tis.com.au @Hats­bythe­hun­dred

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