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Welcome to the South African Polo Association

The South African Polo Association (SAPA) is the official administrative controlling body of polo in South Africa. All clubs affiliate through their provincial bodies to SAPA which, in turn, affiliates to Hurlingham Polo Association (UK) and Federacion Internationale de Polo (Argentina)... More

Sep 13 2016

BMW International Polo Test at Waterfall

The South African Polo Team beat the Uruguayan Polo Team by 7 goals to 5 at Sunday's BMW International Polo Series at Waterfall Polo Estate! Well done to both teams and a big congratulations to... More

Sep 07 2016

BMW International Polo Test at Shongweni

The South African Polo Team pulled off a last minute victory of 9 goals to 8 against the Uruguayans at the 2016 BMW International Polo Test at Shongweni on Sunday 4 Septmeber. The second and final... More

Aug 28 2016

South African Team for BMW International Polo Series 2016 Announced!

The South African team who will face the young Uruguayan side at this year's BMW International Polo Series at Shongweni (Durban) on Sunday 4 September followed by Waterfall (Johannesburg) on Sunday... More

Feb 15 2016

February Newsletter

SAEF DEVELOPMENTS: You will recall from my last newsletter that SASCOC have now accepted that equestrian disciplines will govern themselves under the auspices of the SAEF. This is conditional... More

October 2016

21 Oct - 23 Oct
Club Champs / Members Only Warm Up at Val de Vie
21 Oct - 23 Oct
Highveld League at East Rand
28 Oct - 30 Oct
Fuimus Cup at Oaklands

November 2016

04 Nov - 06 Nov
Rocking 4
05 Nov - 05 Nov
Pink Polo - Exhibition at Val de Vie
11 Nov - 13 Nov
Val de Vie (2 / 4 Goal)
11 Nov - 13 Nov
25 Nov - 27 Nov
Cape Town Polo Club (2 / 4 Goal)

December 2016

02 Dec - 04 Dec
Val de Vie (2 Goal)
09 Dec - 10 Dec
Plett Polo Kids Clinic
09 Dec - 11 Dec
11 Dec - 11 Dec
Plett Polo (12 Goal)
12 Dec - 22 Dec
Plett Polo (12 / 8 / 2 Goal)
23 Dec - 23 Dec
Plett Polo (12 / 2 Goal)
26 Dec - 26 Dec
Plett Polo (8 Goal)
27 Dec - 31 Dec
Plett Polo (8 / 2 Goal)
29 Dec -
Plett International

BMW International Polo Series 2016

Sunday 4 September 2016

Curtain Raiser: SA Schools beat SA Development: 4 - 2

SA Schools
1. James O'Sullivan (0)
2. Johann van Reenen (0)
3. James Crowe (2) ©
4. Ross Williamson (0)
Reserve: Grant Louw (0)

SA Development
1. William Crowe (0)
2. Jabulane Khanyile (2)
3. Pah Mokwena (2) ©
4. Grant Louw (0)
Reserve: Zandise Gushu (0)

MVP: Jabulane Khanyile

Test: South Africa beat Uruguay: 9 - 8

South Africa
1. Davey Evans (5)
2. John Eustace (5)
3. Gareth Evans (6)
4. Tom de Bruin (7) ©
Reserve: Mike Osborn (4)

1. Mauricio Sánchez (5)
2. Santiago Stirling (5) ©
3. Pablo Fernandez LLorente (6)
4. Martin Tassara (6)
Reserve: Aparicio Oddo (4)

MVP: Gareth Evans          
Best Pony: Velvetino owned by Walter Grindrod and ridden by Pablo Fernandez LLorente

Sunday 11 September 2016

Curtain Raiser: Poloafrica Matrics beat SA Development : 9 - 2

1. Molefi Ralebenya (-1)
2. Mosaku Lephatsi (-1)
3. Thapelo Mothijoa (0) ©
4. Montoeli Ntoeleng (0)
Reserve: Tumelo Molapo (-2)

SA Development
1. Annie Iqbal (-2)
2. Lucky Matshaya (-1)
3. Nanthi Shabalala (2)
4. Jabulane Magagula (0) ©
Reserve: Tebello Mokoroane (-2)

MVP: Montoeli Ntoeleng

Test: South Africa beat Uruguay: 7 - 5

South Africa
1. Davey Evans (5)
2. John Eustace (5)
3. Gareth Evans (6)
4. Tom de Bruin (7) ©
Reserve: Mike Osborn (4)

1. Mauricio Sánchez (5)
2. Santiago Stirling (5) ©
3. Pablo Fernandez LLorente (6)
4. Martin Tassara (6)
Reserve: Aparicio Oddo (4)

MVP: Tom de Bruin           
Best Pony: Castanetta owned by Warren Lurie and ridden by Martin Tassara

Prince of Wales Cup 2016

The Prince of Wales Cup

East Griqualand


Siphenga Mandlenkhosi

Phox Borrowdale

Mike Osborn

Tom de Bruin




Matthew Thake

Dane Csaszar

Davey Evans

Gareth Evans

Most Valuable Player of the Tournament: Terence Spilsbury
Best Playing Pony: “Celtic” Tom de Bruin

SA National Team for the BMW International Polo Series 2016:

  1. Davey Evans
  2. John Eustace
  3. Gareth Evans
  4. Tom de Bruin ©

Reserve: Mike Osborn



SA Champs 2016

A Section


Championship - Beresford Cup

Johan van Reenen

Gary Spilsbury

Davey Evans

Terence Spilsbury

A Section


Handicap - Bartholomai Trophy

Jossie Spilsbury

James Crowe

Travis Timm

Tom de Bruin

B Section


Championship - Solid Silver Bowl

Jonathan Louw

James Hackland

Sean O’Sullivan

Charles Holley

B Section


Handicap - Tim Mackenzie Cup

Amy Gace

Andrew Fyvie

Brad Gace

Angus Williamson

C Section


Championship - SA Polo Association Trophy

Gerrit Stevens

Rob Hampson

Murray Hampson

Quinton Wheeler

C Section


Handicap - Nottingham Road Trophy

William Crowe

Andrew Gilson

Grant Louw

Martin Watson

D Section


Championship - Cedric Solomon Trophy

Keyan Gace

Charlotte Pykett

Kate Holmes

Sam Sibiya

D Section



Kathy Romer-Lee

Jossie Spilsbury

Caroline Bruce

Jo Spilsbury

Man-Of-The-Tournament: Davey Evans
Best Playing Pony Award - A Section: ‘Amarula ‘owned by Gareth Evans
Angus Chaplin Memorial Trophy “For the love of a horse”: Eugene, Leslie & Tom de Bruin
The Sir Duncan McKenzie Award: Not awarded in 2016


Natal Champs 2016

A Section (12 Goal)

CBC Polo

Championship - Lolo Ross Memorial

Cameron Chubb

Mike Osborn

Rory Bryden

Phox Borrowdale

A Section (12 Goal)

Lions River


Tony Higgs

Skei Marlton

Duncan Watson

Russell Watson

B Section (6 Goal)

Slater Farms

Championship - Jac Otto

Grant Lowe

Jonno Lowe

Graeme Brook-Leggit

Guy Slater

B Section (6 Goal)

Lions River


Sean Green

Murray Grinrod

Jabulani Khanyile

James MacKenzie

C Section (4 Goal)



Candice Kane-Berman

Amy Gace

James Hackland

Angus Williamson

C Section (4 Goal)

Seven Oaks


James O'Sullivan

Justin Snaith

James Crowe

Matthew Crowe

A Section: Most Valuable Player: Rory Bryden
A Section: Best String: James Kane-Berman
A Section: Best Playing Pony - Lancaster Cup: "Thlula Blue" owned by Mark Davies
B Section: Most Valuable Player: Grant Louw
B Section: Best String: Grant Louw
C Section: Most Valuable Player: James Hackland
C Section: Best String: Graham Kippen

East Griqualand Champs 2016

A Section

Thekwini Toyota


Robb Barras

Charles Holley

Mike Osborn

Guy Watson

A Section

Mascor MT Currie


Duncan Johnson

Phox Borrowdale

Rory Bryden

Brett Craig

B Section



Sammy de Bruin

Murray Townsend

Pah Mokoena

Eugene de Bruin

B Section



Heinrich Fortman

Zandise Gushu

Sheldon Williamson

Struan Stanford

DH Stubbs Trophy for "Best Playing Pony": "Bella" owned by John Eustace
Harry Williamson Memorial Trophy for "Best Turned Out String": Charles Holley
Balmoral Rose Bowl “Most Improved Player”: Struan Stanford
EG Tractors Award “The Person Who Does The Most For EG Polo”: Selby Williamson

Plettenberg Bay International 2015

Plett International

South Africa

Chris Lund

James Crowe

Chris MacKenzie

Tom de Bruin

Plett International


Max Kirschoff

Max Charlton

George Merryk

David Ashby


South Africa beat England 11 goals to 10

The Plettenberg Bay International took place on the 29th December on the Pavilion field, Kurland. The weather was cool and dry making ideal conditions for polo. The day commenced with two development teams competing in the curtain raiser match followed by some young enthusiasts playing a bicycle polo match. The South African team that played in the international against England consisted of the following:

  1. Chris Lund (1)
  2. James Crowe (2)
  3. Chris MacKenzie (6)
  4. Tom de Bruin (7) (Captain)

Reserves were Dirk van Reenen (5) and Nick Sherring (2). Team UK were represented by the following:

  1. Max Kirschoff (0)
  2. Max Charlton (7) (Captain)
  3. George Merryk (6)
  4. David Ashby (3)

The match started at a furious pace – something that continued for the entire game. South Africa opened the scoring with a field goal from MacKenzie only for England to equalize a few minutes later. This pattern continued for most of the match with neither side being able to get more than a goal ahead. Only during the fifth period did South Africa manage a three goal lead only to squander this with some unnecessary fouls. The sixth was exciting and looked as if it could go to a  sudden death chukka but South Africa stood firm and finally ran out winners by 11 goals to 10.

For South Africa, the two “rookies” Chris Lund and James Crowe played exceptionally well and at no stage seemed overawed by the “big” occasion. Chris MacKenzie had an outstanding game and was rewarded with being judged “Man of the Match”. Best playing pony went to Shaun Brokensha’s “Julia” played by George Merryk.

The South African Polo Association would like to thank the Plett Polo Committee for their meticulous event organization. The day was a huge success and a great advert for polo. Our thanks also to those players who generously loaned ponies to the English team.

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