The NPA at Auckland last week was also cancelled because of all this rain.
Luckily some of the players managed to have a few chukkas around the Waikato.
Cambridge Tournament Feb 6-7 Keyte Watson Memorial is coming up. Cambridge is also hosting the English Team of Mark and Luke Tomlinson, Malcolm Borrick and James Beim (and coach). They will be billeted amongst the Cambridge players.
The English players will be playing against a Northern Provincial Team and also a central district team. Each NZ player has to provide ponies for the English players. The test match between NZ and England is the following week at Kihikihi.
There should be some exciting games to watch and there will be approx 12 teams playing over the three grades.
Cambridge has a new couch field at their new Lamb St grounds which they are hoping to use lightly. Also the Lanherne field will play some of the low goal games on Saturday.
Cambridge Polo has quite a few sponsors lined up for an exciting weekend and The 'Stables Bar and Grill' will be looking after the players and everyone is invited there on Saturday night. There will be food and drinks etc available on the grounds also.
CORRECTION: The winners of the High Goal Tournament at Morrinsville was the Cambridge team not Taupiri. (Cambridge Team- Gary Vickers, James Watson, Nick Pepper and Nina Clarkin.)
JP Clarkin is away playing polo in the snow at St Moritz, no doubt he will be having a great time and we will hear the results soon.
January 9-10 Auckland Prize Money Polo.
This was a tournament with two grades- 4 goal section and 10 goal section. Each team had a chance of winning back the total entry fees. No doubt this tournament will grow in size each year. Winners of the 4 goal section (6 teams) were: Henry Jones (-Pedro Harrison(1) Tom Hunt(4) Tanya Lavas(0)
Winners of the 10 goal section were: Fiona Alexander, Zac Hagedoorn, James Watson, Ben Turner. There was also a ladies game on Sunday, with the NI fillies against the SI fillies. This was a great game to watch, and none of them held back !
The teams were ; NI =Ellen Morgenstern-2, Chloe Kay -1,Hester Beal -1,Pip Fitz-Henry 0.
SI =Victoria Brown -1 Ashley McKenzie -1 ,Maddy Rankin -1, Anna Mc Lachlan.
The girls had a practice game at Hololio on Saturday with the South islanders on borrowed ponies. They played a four chukka game on the fisher field with the Northern Fillies winning 6-4.
Auckland Polo Club has polo every Sunday and the bar is open at their lovely clubhouse. They have a polo school operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays which is great for new players, male and female wanting to have a go after work! They have a selection of ponies available for hire.
Kihikihi 10 goal league on Wednesdays- late afternoons and children.
This is a new idea with a new format.
no turning the ball
Michael Kay (16) is another young player. (Edward Kay's son)
Guy Higginson (SI) is based at Auckland this season.
David metzler (1) an Argentinean groom for Paul Kay the last two seasons.
Matt Richardson (UK) is the AK polo school manager and also provides individual lessons separately from the school. Everyone is welcome to come and give it a go!
Walker Memorial Taupiri Jan 9-10:
They had a good turnout of about 13 teams over the three grades (high, med and low). Taupiri only have one ground so they do a great job of hosting all these teams over the weekend.
The winners of the High Goal (Ron Walker Memorial) were Taupiri. (Ross Ainsley, Tom Morley, Kel Ainsley and Cody Forsyth.) 10-9
They beat Cambridge in the 'Golden Goal' 7th chukka. (JP Clarkin, Nina Clarkin, Nick Pepper and Guy Routledge.)
Handicap Section: Waimai (Tommy Wilson, Craig Wilson, Bud Sorby Matt Pitt) won 11-6 against Kihikihi (Andrew Parrott, Robert Watson, Lenny Kay and Hamish Ormond)
Most Valuable Player: Guy Routledge
Pony Prize: Ross and Kel Ainsley's 'Priscilla'
Best Groom: Victoria Griffiths (JP and Nina Clarkin)
Medium Goal (John Walker Memorial)
Kihikihi (Paul Kay, Lanto Sheridan, Thomas Nicholson, Ashley Christian) beat Cambridge (Allan Browne, Nina Clarkin, Gareth Fraser, Matt Smith) 6-5.
Handicap Section: Waimai (Andrew Caldwell, Alex Parrott, Baden Broughton, Sheena Robertson) won 10-8.5 againt Morrinsville. (Kevin Cray, Bruce Watson, David Browne, Logan Thomson)
Most Valuable Player: Lanto Sheridan
Pony Prize: Stephen Kay's Lanto's Legacy
Low Goal (Walker Memorial):
Winner Taupiri (Tony Cole, Leo Burke, Brett O' Callaghan, Hamish Fraser) beat Cambridge 2-0. (Cambridge-( Gavin Reynolds, Tony Smith, Matt Smith, Rob Curin)
Handicap Section: Winner-Cambridge (BJ Matthews, Owen Smith, Jim Smith, Tom Morley) 6= Taupiri ( Paul Lyons, Jay Mc Carthy, Ed Winterbottom, George Barton.)
Most Valuable Player: Brett O' Callaghan
Pony Prize: Ross and Kel Ainsley's 'ZOE' played by Ed Winterton
Rangitiki Club News:
Despite having some pretty bad weather earlier on the club has had a great start. Rangitikei played at the Wairarapa Tournament at Masterton and won, also won the Skere Cup at Hawkes Bay, the Deardon @ Wanstead, and the Poverty Bay Tournament at Gisborne.
The only games they have lost is the Russell Cup which was run @ Pukemarama on 2-3 Jan. They hosted 14 teams and three sections. (high, Med and low)
Russell Cup: 12 Goal (4 teams) won by Hawkes Bay. James Rome 2, Michael Henderson 4, Johny Coddington 4, Nick Coddington 2.
Rangitikei Tavern Cup: 4 Goal (4 teams) won by Rangitikei Angus Mc Kelvie 5, Lotfie Lamacraft 0, Harriet James -1 , David Bird 0.
Schimanski Trophy: 0 Goal 6 Teams won by Rangitikei Duncan's. Doug Duncan 1, Sam 1, Mark 0, Tom -2.
Preparations for the Savile Cup are well under way and they are looking forward to seeing everyone in March.
Rangitikei did a wonderful job at there last Savile with all the preparations of the grounds, tents and all the hospitality. It was a great success and I'm sure it will be again this year.
Savile Cup March 2-7 2010 @ Rangitikei
2011 @ Kihikihi
Waimai Polo Jan 16-17.
There were three grades, each with four teams.
Sponsors were BNZ, Balance, Piquet Hill, Allied Farmers, Dunstan, Ormonde Eyes, Livestock Marketing, Farmlands, NZ Polo Holidays, Te Akau Stud, Waimai Elco Direct. It was a great two days with some very good polo, great atmosphere and hospitality with a BBQ and hogget on the spit on Saturday night.
Results or finals on Sunday:
BNZ Low Goal: Waimai Elco Direct (Vicki Griffiths, Richard Curin, Alex Richardson, Steve Parrott, Sheena Robertson)
BNZ Medium Goal: Farmlands (Dan Worker, James Worker, Kit Brooks, Henry Fisher) 7.5- 5
BNZ High Goal: Dunstan (Arthur Morgenstern, Ed Hitchman, JP Clarkin, Tom Hunt) 13-12
This was a great game and they played against the Piquet Hill Team, half way through Tommy Wilson had a very nasty spill and had to go to hospital to see about his shoulder. Hopefully he is not out of action for too long. Bud Sorby who had just played in the medium goal final had to come on as a replacement. The score was 13-12 to Dunstan, with Piquet Hill coming right back in the last couple of minutes scoring three goals. It was a very close and exciting finish.
Player of the Tournament: (Worsp Cup) Baden Broughton had a great game and has some lovely ponies.( Piquet Hill Team)
Champion Pony: Brooklands: Bud Sorby's 'Beryl'
NZPA Tournament AK JAN 22-23 was cancelled due to a lot of rain.
Let's hope the rain has finally disappeared and we can have lots more exciting polo!!!
Any news is most welcomed to be emailed to me @
P: 07 823 5584
Hope you all enjoy it!
January 27-31st Hawkes Bay. Dewar Open Tournament (cancelled due to heavy rain)
Jan 30-31st Morrinsville Gordon Spencer Memorial
Feb 6-7 Cambridge Keyte Watson Tournament
English Team playing northern Districts team and Central Districts.
Feb11-14th Kihikihi. 16, 10 and 2 Goal.
Feb 13 Kihikihi
NZ Colts vs Young England
Feb 14 Kihikihi Finals
Feb15 Saville Entries close
(to be held at Rangitiki)
Feb 16-21 NZ Open @ Auckland Open Grade, 8 and 2 Goal
Feb 17-19 Auckland Hololio Womens and Low Goal
Fed 20-21 Kihikihi 6 Goal
March 2-7 Saville Cup @ Rangitiki 16, 6,3 and 0 goal.
Secretary: Kirsty Hawkins Ph: 021782351
Treasury: Niki Reynolds Ph: 078231154
Club Captain: Gary Vickers Ph: 021437905
Vice Club Captain: Kit Brooks Ph: 0211658612
Social members most Welcome. $20 per season