On Sunday morning, I went into the grounds with a game-plan. To soak up the glamour and atmosphere of this intriguing sport and if possible...seek out interesting characters for my writing. That strategy went out the window in the first five minutes after a rumbling of bodies headed down the side of the field towards me. I gasped in horror and excitement as Team Edinburgh and Team Oxford flew by, limbs flaying, sticks swinging. My inner scribe was left in pieces on the sideline. And, shock-horror this was the so-called warm-up game. The rest of the morning was spent wondering why the hell I hadn't bothered to watch the sport previously. You must come to the Polo with us! Yeah but no, thanks I've got all this work to do....silly girl.
The finals match kicked off under the hot mid afternoon sun - a terrifyingly talented Team City AM New York clashed with an equally masterful Team IG Index Paris. My SLR didn't know which way to look...I couldn't quite keep up dear. The green turf rumbled, split open beneath the thundering hooves of the most beautiful beasts as fearless devils in saddles commanded their moves, skilful in their jostling for the ball, powerful and thrilling with their speed flying across the field. It was a formidable sight. I was captivated.
Could a Polo Virgin ask for more? Wait, did I mention the sweaty flash of the pink and navy blue uniform and swinging crops...phew.
So, now here I lie, in a thousand glittering pieces...post-Polo-coital-bliss...yes really, it was that good. Hussy...the dear lady sniffs indignantly before turning back to her cross-word puzzle.
Here's a few snaps from the day and those devilish men on horseback Enjoy.
Team City AM New York's Henry Brett takes on Team IG Index Paris' Andrea Vianini
In foreground: Team City AM New York's Jack Kidd vs. Team IG Index Paris' Andrea Vianini
Stomping the divots
Team Edinburgh ( Blue) vs Team Oxford ( Grey)
Team Oxford's Jamie Dundas
Free range Pig on a spit
Divots mingling really, not so much stomping here
Team City AM New York's Jamie Morrison
A/N: Although Team London did not make the finals, we did cheer for Team City AM New York as all three devils were englishmen...I'm told. The final score was 11-10 with Team City AM New York victorious over Team IG Index Paris.
Photos courtesy yours truly, please do not reproduce or copy without permission.