It was all glitz and glamour at Carrick Wealth Ambassadors Polo Cup with the event living up to its billing at the Bushman Rock Safari Lodge.
By SportBrief Reporter
The plush two day polo tournament which ran from 6-7 July at its favoured venue, the Bushman Rock Polo Club in Ruwa, closed off in style on Saturday with the tournament recording its biggest crowd to date to cap off a successful polo tournament.
Dubbed “Posh, oh my Gosh”, the event delivered both on and off the field as the spectators dazzled in winter fashion wear as they competed for the best dressed male and female award which was also on offer on the day.
On the pitch, four teams in the form of Rift Valley, Premier Auto, Econet Platinum and Manokore battled it out for the Carrick Wealth Polo Cup.
And out of those four teams, it was Econet Platinum and Premier Auto who reached the final of the tournament and the two clashed heads with Econet Platinum emerging victorious as they won by 8-6 1/2 to lift the coveted trophy.
And speaking after the event, Bushman Rock Safaris managing director Jonathan Passaportis expressed his delight at the turnout.
“The response has been massive and considering that there was a full VIP stand given the state of the weather (the cold), I would say it was a success. This is the biggest crowd we’ve seen so far.”
Johnathan added that there was more to come from the polo organizers as they aim to bring the sport to the mainstream local audience.
“We’re definitely looking to reach the mainstream audience and we want to go bigger next year. Next year we will have a fun run and also a family fun day.”
The Carrick Wealth Ambassadors Polo Cup also donated $1 000 towards the St Joseph’s House for Boys aged 18 years and above.
The establishment was founded upon realizing that when the children from St Joseph’s home turned 18 years, they were no-longer legally allowed to stay at the home as they were now classified as adults. Hence, having nowhere else to go, some of the boys were ending up having to live on the tough streets.
Zed Rusike, St Joseph’s House for Boys 18+ trustee expressed gratitude at the kind gesture made by the Carrick Wealth Polo organizers.
“I would like to thank Carrick Wealth for this kind donation. These children (at the home) find it tough when they turn 18 because then they can no longer stay there anymore. We therefore decided to build a house for them so that at least they get food and shelter while they transition into adulthood,” he said.
Andrew Moore, Carrick Wealth Zimbabwe Manager added that Carrick Wealth was proud to have sponsored the polo event.
“We are proud of the way the event turned out today. Our efforts are also part of our corporate social initiative strategy to help improve the lives of those who through force of circumstance have been marginalized or disadvantaged such as the St Joseph’s House for Boys.”