Galloping at 40mph and hitting a ball up to 120mph, name a better spectacle.
Saturday, 11 May 2019, marks the pinnacle of competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport, the Aon Inanda International Polo.
“Polo is a sport that requires immense technical and athletic skill, perseverance, commitment, calculated risk taking and highly competitive drive – all attributes that deeply resonate with the qualities that Aon South Africa stands for as an insurance brokerage and risk advisor. Aon is exceptionally proud to be supporting the growth and development of professional polo in South Africa and seeing our players compete favourably on the world stage,” says Leo Morwe, Chief Human Resources Officer at Aon South Africa.
While the rivalry will be strong, South Africa and Argentina will each field a 25-goal with commitment to showcase their skills, horsemanship, physicality, passion and comradery for the Sport of Polo.
The highly competitive value of the match will be famed by highly skilled sportsmen; Lance Watson (6), Dirk Van Reenen (6), Gareth Evans (6) and team captain, Tom Paul De Bruin (7) representing South Africa and Juan Agustin Gracia Grossi (7) Ernesto Juan Lalor (5) team captain Diego Araya (7) Benjamin Araya (6) and the reserve Juan Jauretche (6), for Argentina.
Tom Paul De Bruin who spearheaded his teammates to victory as captain in the 2018 Inanda High Goal SA vs Argentina, will lead the high-ranking South African National team. Asked what he enjoys most about the sport, De Bruin said, “It is the adrenalin; Polo is the ultimate passion-game, with its combination of the horses, the teamwork and the speed- A very intense match.”
“Polo requires extraordinary horsemanship, great skill in the use of the mallet and unwavering concentration on the location of the ball and incredible accuracy in each shot. With many newcomers into the game who previously didn’t have much knowledge about the equestrian sport, the 2019 Aon Inanda International Polo, filled with history, will be a top ranking polo sporting event enjoyed by many” added Craig James, Inanda Club Polo Manager.
The day will witness a thrilling Development Polo Curtain Raiser with young novice players taking advice in the lead up to this high goal match from the best of world’s polo athletes, encouraging and imparting to the young sporting talents the practical skills of polo, team spirit, sportsmanship, trust and respect. These players will proceed to play in the Aon Inanda Development Cup on 28 July 2019, at the home of polo, the Inanda Club in Sandton.
Polo has witnessed a magnificent journey from inception to its current state. Developed to its maximum potential in Argentina, polo champions seem to be born, rather than raised, needless to say the excellent quality of their horses, which are a product of carefully controlled breeding and training, make for a perfect fit.
Santiago Araya Jnr (6) who resides in Pilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, has made a career of the sport and Ernesto Juan Lalor (5) a player with a number of accolades in high goal polo, going as far as representing the Argentine National team, are testament to how the breathtaking talent in Argentina burns brightly… And as the saying goes “Let other people play at other things — the King of Games is still the Game of Kings.”
“It’s incredible how the friendship between South Africa and Argentina, through polo, keeps growing year after year. This game will truly be a great experience” said Ernesto Juan Lalor.
The most notable and vast polo estate in Johannesburg, where polo permeates its culture, is the Inanda Club, with a meticulously manicured polo field. In this most pleasing of spaces is where business elites, VIPs, celebrities and polo aficionadas will witness the spectator sport, an unparalleled and unmissable experience of the game- greeted by champagne, delectable cuisine and a passionate Argentine Tango.
For further information on the Aon Inanda International Polo, visit www.inandaclub.co.za and access the action on social media via the official hashtag.
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