COWDRAY Park Polo Club will play host to an All Star 40-goal match – the first time in polo history it has taken place in England.
The match, on June 23, is a collaboration between Cowdray Park, widely considered the home of British polo, and The All Pro Polo League (APPL) and takes place during their 2018 World Tour.
The APPL first hosted a 40-goal match in Argentina in 2017 and its founder, Javier Tanoira, aims to see this level of polo played around the world.
A series of star 10-goal players have shown their support for the league and the match, including Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, Nico Pieres, Polito Pieres, ‘Sapo’ Caset, Hilario Ulloa, Pablo MacDonough, Juan Martin Nero and ‘Pelon’ Stirling.
“We are very happy to support the league,” says Facundo Pieres. “The APPL has put forward a number of good things that we would do well to implement in polo. I agree with Javier that it should be a parallel league, one that does not compete with patron-based polo and important tournaments.
“The Associations have been taking ideas from the league and trying them out in professional polo. Several have worked well, such as the elimination of the throw-in from the boards or shorter timings between fouls and chukkas, as well as the time you have to take a penalty.”
‘Sapo’ Caset describes the match as “historic”, adding, “I think that hosting a 40-goal exhibition in England is a great idea. Javier has been taking the league all over the world and there is no better way of putting the concept across than by getting the 10-goalers involved. We want to get as many people watching as possible so that we can popularise the sport. We all have commitments and it’s not easy to get everyone together, but a 40-goal game in England will be historic.”
Roderick Vere Nicoll, chairman of Cowdray Park Polo Club in West Sussex, says the club is “proud” to host the first ever APPL 40-goal polo match in the UK.
“To be the venue for such an exhibition of human and equine skill is a privilege,” he says. “The APPL is trying to speed up the game and make it easier to understand, especially for those who are not familiar with the sport. One of our goals at CPPC is to take polo to a wider audience and show what a fantastic spectacle it truly is.”
Tanoira founded the APPL to professionalise polo and provide a “pure” sporting spectacle for polo fans around the world.
“Matches like these are very important,” he explains. “They not only show that the best players in the world support our project, but that the best clubs in the world are getting involved, too.
“Cowdray is undoubtedly one of the most important clubs in the world, and we are going to put on a real spectacle. The Cowdray audience knows a lot about the sport so we are going to do our best to keep them happy.”
The programme on June 23 will also feature a match starring eight professional players from the major polo playing countries. The first match starts at 4pm, and there will be a prize-giving ceremony.
The All Star 40-goal match is at Cowdray Park Polo Club, Easebourne, Midhurst, on Saturday June 23. Entry £5/Cowdray Park Polo Club members free. A BBQ will be available from 7.30pm in the members enclosure/tickets £20.
- Pictured top: Hilario Ulloa, Pablo MacDonough, Nico Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres, Pelon Stirling, Polito Pieres and Juan Martin Nero in the APPL 40-goal match in Argentina, in 2017/picture: Sergio Llamera
- Pictured below: King Power Foxes v El Remanso in the Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup Final Polo Match on Lawns 2 at Cowdray Park Polo Club in 2017/picture: Clive Bennett Photography.