Fire vs Ice in bat­tle royale


The Citizen (KZN) - - City - Hay­den Horner

Johnny Walker scores a goal with polo spon­sor­ship.

Have you ever won­dered what hap­pens when fire and ice clash? Re­search pub­lished by the Ge­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Amer­ica (GSA) warns that the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween fire and ice can have a se­ri­ous im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties close to the ac­tiv­ity, and that the re­sult­ing in­ter­ac­tion can cause flood­ing, and even pro­duce spec­tac­u­lar ex­plo­sions.

De­spite the GSA warn­ings, throngs of cu­ri­ous yet im­mac­u­lately dressed spec­ta­tors will gather at Inanda Polo Club to­mor­row to wit­ness fire and ice clash­ing in the John­nie Walker War­rior Polo tour­na­ment.

In­spired by their Song of Fire and Song of Ice whisky range – a con­tin­ued legacy of the brand’s re­la­tion­ship with the mas­sively pop­u­lar Game of Thrones books and TV se­ries – the tour­na­ment will see team Fire and team Ice go head-to-head in a what’s ex­pected to be a bat­tle royale.

John­nie Walker mar­ket­ing in­no­va­tion man­ager Them­beka Mgob­ozi said the brand is thrilled to an­nounce their con­tin­ued re­la­tion­ship with Game of Thrones, and the de­but of their of­fi­cial part­ner­ship with the War­rior Polo tour­na­ment.

“[This] forms part of our pur­suit of break­ing bound­aries and this part­ner­ship high­lights that,” Mgob­ozi told The Cit­i­zen.

John­nie Walker’s A Song of Ice is in­spired by House Stark and ex­udes a crisp, clean taste, like the un­for­giv­ing force of ice, while A Song of Fire, with rich and spicy flavours of sub­tle smoke from the peated malts, is named for the dragons of House Tar­garyen.

Polo player Zom­pie Tsotetsi said: “We’re all re­ally look­ing for­ward to this new for­mat. It’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing way to wrap up our sea­son.”

Al­ready hailed as one of the coun­try’s most promis­ing play­ers af­ter be­ing part of the 6-4 win against Nige­ria last year, Tsotetsi will be con­test­ing in the main ex­hi­bi­tion match of the day.

“[This] is the per­fect back­drop for our guests to strut their best fashion to great live mu­sic while en­joy­ing a range of John­nie Walker cock­tails,” added Mgob­ozi.

The fast-paced polo match will be set to the pul­sat­ing beats of lo­cal artists DJ Kent, Fis­taz Mixwell and Ayanda MVP, who will keep the cel­e­bra­tion go­ing all day long.

Pic­tures: Sup­plied

COM­PETI­TOR. Zom­pie Tsotetsi is hailed as one of the coun­try’s most promis­ing play­ers.

BAT­TLE ROYALE. Fire (House Tar­garyen) takes on Ice at Inanda Polo Club to­mor­row. PLUSH FA­CIL­ITY. An aerial view of Inanda Polo Club.

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