SA polo to play In­dia in How­ick

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LIONS River Polo Club in How­ick will host its first in­ter­na­tional polo tour­na­ment on May 6, with South Africa play­ing In­dia in the main match af­ter three cur­tain-rais­ers.

Mark Davies, pres­i­dent of the South African Polo As­so­ci­a­tion, an­nounced this yes­ter­day, say­ing: “We are de­lighted to be host­ing the In­dian team and have been over­whelmed at the level of in­ter­est from the pub­lic in this event.

“Both teams will be at the 15goal level and this bal­ance in hand­i­caps will en­sure a very hard­fought and closely con­tested match.”

The South African team will be se­lected af­ter the East Gri­qua­land Cham­pi­onships, which con­clude on April 29.

The In­dian side is cap­tained by five-goal Colonel Ravi Rathore, who will be play­ing in the piv­otal num­ber three po­si­tion. He is the only In­dian player to have rep­re­sented his coun­try in five suc­ces­sive World Cups.

“The In­dian Army con­sists of an in­cred­i­ble 1,4 mil­lion sol­diers and the 61st Cavalry Reg­i­ment is one of the last fully mounted ac­tive fight­ing bodies in the world. Most In­dian polo play­ers learn their eques­trian skills from this elite reg­i­ment, of which Colonel Rathore is com­man­dant,” said Davies.

Gau­rav Sah­gal, a four-goal player, is at num­ber one and three­goalers Salim Azmi and Sid­dhant Sharma, are at num­ber two and four re­spec­tively.

The day starts at 10 am with a cur­tain-raiser be­tween young­sters in the Elands & Bush­bucks teams.

This will be fol­lowed at 11 am by a match be­tween the Ngu­nis & Ankoles, and since the event takes place the day af­ter the cel­e­brated Hil­ton vs Michael­house rugby match, the fi­nal cur­tain-raiser at noon will be be­tween teams from these schools, com­pris­ing a mix of cur­rent and old boys.

The in­ter­na­tional match will start at 1.30 pm.

A live band will add to the fes­tiv­i­ties and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able for pur­chase through­out the day.

The cost of en­try is R200 per car (chil­dren U12 are free), and mem­bers of the pub­lic can take their own re­fresh­ments and pic­nic bas­kets to the venue.

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