Beach Season Underway.
Both home and abroad beach polo is growing in popularity. Many European beach resorts are now hosting polo events during the summer months. The game can be played on any flat area of sand, typically at low tide.
Last weekend (19-21 May) there were two beach polo events. One was the Rovinj Beach Polo Cup in Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, the other in the UK at Watergate Bay in North Cornwall.
Rovinj Beach Polo Cup.
Six teams from nine nations played on the shore of the historic city of Rovinj on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The event, which was free for the public to watch, had a 70m x 40m size polo arena and grand stand, attracting an estimated 1,000 visitors per day.
Polo players from Brazil, Italy, Hungary, Argentina and UK joined players from Slovenia, Germany and Switzerland, to participate in the three day competition. The tournament concluded with a tense and exciting final between Team Miller and Team Veuve Cliquot. The Irishman, Sebastian Dawney, with 55 seconds to go, scored the winning goal for Team Miller from a 15m penalty.
Beside the thrilling polo matches an attraction was the VIP areas, fine cuisine and post polo entertainment. The “White Players Party“ on Saturday night was one of the highlights of the event, with a private concert from world famous star Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet).
Aspall Polo on the Beach.
The beach polo festival at Watergate Bay celebrated its 10th year in style. The event enjoyed three days of sunshine as Aspall Polo on the Beach brought high goal polo, jousting displays, fireworks, beach parties and a host of family entertainment to the north Cornwall beach. This was the largest festival to date, featuring two beach polo matches involving some of the UK’s best-known players, and two nights of live music right on the sand.
A packed schedule of entertainment drew large crowds to the beach on all three days. There was plenty to eat and drink, with an Aspall cyder bar, Champagne Jacquart bar, Tarquin’s Airstream and street food stalls, including a Treleavens ice cream horse box. Fifteen Cornwall also ran pasta making demonstrations on the beach.
The event began with a novelty Segway polo match and progressed with a fun packed schedule which culminated in the weekend’s headline event: the Aspall Trophy polo match, with Team Joules taking on Team Champagne Jacquart. Team Champagne Jacquart looked dominant from the off, but in the fourth and final chukka, Team Joules powered ahead to win the match by nine and a half goals to six.
Following the trophy presentations, the day was closed in style with the Polo on the Beach party. The polo players celebrated alongside hundreds of fans, enjoying the great atmosphere and live music.
If you are interested in going to a beach polo tournament…
Sanbanks Beach Polo.
This is one not to miss so put the 7th and 8th of July in your diaries and book your tickets (www.sandpolo.com). Sandbanks is probably the most exclusive beach community in the UK. The infamous peninsular extends out across Poole Harbour on the scenic Dorset coast.
Sanbanks Beach Polo is celebrating its 10th anniversary, so you can expect its best event yet. The polo will supply high adrenaline action, with a backdrop of stunning views from the grandstand, luxury beach side Hospitality and VIP marquees. The day does not end with the polo as you will be able to dance into the night at the legendary beach party.