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Air North Sponsors Cable Beach Polo 2017

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Proud Sponsors of Cable Beach Polo 2017


1.      Four three-man teams with total handicap of minimum 8-goals will be competing in the Airnorth Cable Beach Polo 2017 tournament.


2.      Teams are currently being finalised  -

o   Brooklands team patron Clinton Wheatley’s team will include Australian professionals Jack Archibald (+5) and Matt Welsh (+4)

o   (To be named team ) Patron Adil Bux’ team will include Australian professional Luke Reid (+3) and Argentinian professional Daniel Otamendi (+5).

o   Europa Saddlery team patrons Hugo Fischer (+3) & Zac Johnson (hdc 0) plus another professional, to be named.

o   Mangrove Hotel patron Garrett Prendiville (+1) with professional Eru Barlow (+3) plus another professional, to be named.





History of the event:

The first beach polo matches to be played in Australia were played on Cable Beach in May 2010 in the Paspaley Beach Polo 2010 event. Producers Marilynne Paspaley AM and Garry Grbavac determined that the event would be more sustainable in such a remote location as a two-day tournament and proceeded to introduce this format in May 2011, when they also introduced the exotic Dinner under the Stars on Cable Beach to entertain the patrons and players and sponsors and their guest.  This has now become a highlight of the annual weekend festivities, with seats at the table much sought after by players and spectators alike.   


Following a gap year in 2012, the event returned as the Cable Beach Polo Tournament in 2013 and has continued to grow from year to year, attracting players and spectators from around the world. 


Cable Beach Polo has been instrumental in stimulating the start-up of a number of beach polo matches in the southern hemisphere over the past few years.  The first was an exhibition match in Porongahau in New Zealand, followed by the inaugural two-day Singapore Beach Polo Championship in 2016 and single day exhibition matches now being played in both Victoria and South Australia this year.    


The advantage Cable Beach has over many of these other locations is the extraordinary sand quality of the playing field.  The north-west of Western Australia is renowned for its massive tidal movement of up to 10 metres and more, the ebb and flow of which covers Cable Beach twice a day, sucking the air out of the sand and compacting it to a perfect playing surface as the tide pulls back out to the Indian Ocean.  Photos of the event show the ideal conditions, with the polo ponies playing on the surface of the sand rather than sinking into it up to their hocks.    It makes for a faster - and safer - playing surface and the players can show their skill as horsemen with their nimble, responsive ponies turning on a dime as they race after the ball.


Much more to be said it you are interested but perhaps some articles may assist in hitting the key points.  Let me know if that sounds like a good idea. 


Past winners

            Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2013

o   Winners of the Paspaley Cup I – Pinctada Cable Beach Australia team Matt Welsh (Cpt +4), Warrick Prendiville and Luke Reid defeated Hutchinson Real Estate India team Major Vishal Ghauhan (Cpt), Angad Singh and Gaurav Sahgal.

o   Winner of the Most Valuable Player – Gaurav Sahgal, India


Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2014 -  Winners of the Paspaley Cup II

Winners of the Paspaley Cup II – team patron Paul Webb (-1), Sam Hopkinson (Cpt +6) and Ross Ainsley (+5) defeated Sadliers Nexus team Clinton Wheatley (0), Jack Archibald (+5) and Matt Welsh (Cpt +4)   

Most Valuable Player –  have to check records.   


Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2015

Winners of the Paspaley Cup IV – team Merchant Shipping patron Clinton Wheatley (0), Matt Grimes (+6) and Jack Archibald (+5) defeated team Rodd & Gunn patron Ross George (+1), Sam Hopkinson (+6) and Ross Ainsley (+5)

Most Valuable Player – have to check records but think it was either Jack Archibald or Sam Hopkinson.


Note: the event has changed names from Pinctada Cable Beach Polo to Airnorth Cable Beach Polo for a next three years 2017 – 2019.


Sponsors for this year’s event are so plentiful – best look at our website to see all of them.  Major sponsors are:

o   Event Title Sponsor – Airnorth

o   Paspaley Cup IV - Paspaley

o   Broome Cup IV – Broome International Airport

o   Match Title Sponsor – Merchant Shipping

o   Match Title Sponsor – Bunnamagoo Estate Wines

o   Official Hotel – Mangrove Hotel

o   Official Champagne Partner – Veuve Clicquot

o   Official Vodka Partner – Belvedere Vodka

o   Official Beer Partner - Matso’s Broome Brewery

o   Title Sponsor Polo Beach Bar – Matso’s Broome Brewery.  Venue titled Matso’s Polo Beach Bar.

o   VIP Marquee – Sponsor’s Lounge, no title sponsor.


Regards and thank you.


 Marilynne Paspaley AM

Event Producer

Governor, International Beach Polo Association Australasian Region

PO Box 3334 I Broome WA 6725