POLO

NZ takes on Argentina in high goal polo this Sunday

Friday 30 January 2009, 2:08PM
By Christchurch City Council
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CHRISTCHURCH

Christchurch will host the South Island’s first international high goal polo match this Sunday 1 February when Argentina plays our very own Kiwi team.

The match is expected to attract more than 2000 spectators at Christchurch polo grounds.

The event will mark the first time for Argentina’s Coronel Suarez team to play in New Zealand.

The Coronel Suarez team hail from the most famous club in Argentine polo history. The Coronel Suarez club was founded in 1926 and in a few years became the most recognised club in Argentine and world polo. The club is the most successful winner of the Argentine Open, winning the title 26 times between 1934 and 1983.

The New Zealand team includes Craig Wilson (6 goals) and Tommy Wilson (7 goals) from Waimai Club, Simon Keyte (7 goals) from Mystery Creek Club, and Sam Hopkinson (6 goals) from Auckland Club. Reserve Mark Harris (4 goals) hails from Christchurch Club.

Both teams will attend the pre-match sponsor’s party to be held at the Belgium Beer Café on Saturday 31 January 2009, starting at 7pm.

The Stella Artois High Goal Test Match will be held at the A&P Showgrounds, Wigram Road, on Sunday 1 February 2009. Gates open 11am. Main game starts at 3pm.