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
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.
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.
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