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Polo | Players


ELITE POLO PLAYERS SET TO IGNITE PRISTINE SANDS OF CABLE BEACH



20 May 2017 | WESTERN AUSTRALIA


A batch of the world’s most elite players will be coming on Broome in May to fight in the 2017 Airnorth Cable Beach Polo.


A batch of the world’s most elite players will be coming on Broome in May to fight in the 2017 Airnorth Cable Beach Polo. On May 20-21, players from Australia, New Zealand and Argentina will clash at the Beach Cable. The unique beach polo arena this year, will witness 10-goal teams competing with each other under dazzling skies. The players from top of the list will be featured including Australian professionals Luke Reid (hdc +3) and Jack Archibald (hdc +5), who have both been selected for the Australian team to compete in the Federation of International Polo (FIP) World Polo Championship, which will be held in Sydney later this year.

This year the standard of the Cable Beach Polo is set to be similar to the one seen at the Miami Beach Polo World Cup. An exciting trio having Reid as a member will play in the Airnorth Cable Beach Polo tournament. This trio is made by WA Polo Association’s President, esteemed businessman and team supporter Adil Bux and Argentinian five-goal scorer Daniel Otamendi.

Alongside, Archibald will play for Clinton Wheatley with Matt Welsh. The third generation polo player, Reid who is from WA has made a career out of this sport for over 12 years. Derek Reid, his father, is also a former polo player and was the captain of Australia polo tournaments in the 80s. Reid said that he was delighted to have been selected for the World Cup “Making an Australian side is always very special to anyone that plays a sport,” he said.“I’ve been lucky enough to play for Australia a couple of times in a few under-21s…it’s a great feeling to really pull on the green and gold and represent your country.” Reid will first portray his game to Broome in May before taking part in the championships. No stranger to the glitzy sporting event, Reid proudly competed in a memorable match against an Indian team in 2013.

He was given the opportunity to return to Broome after being invited by Bux. Bux found competing in the Airnorth Cable Beach was great opportunity. “I think it’s one of the first proper beach polo tournaments,” he said. “It’s given rise to many more around Australia and around the world, and it has been a trailblazer.” Bux has visited Broome earlier too and he quoted that hosting Airnorth Cable Beach there would be a great event that all the spectators would enjoy!

“It utilises the landscape of the north west of WA very well in the sense that it’s one of the few places in the world where good beach polo can be played – remote yet still a very busy town, and I think it’s a great addition to the West Australian polo calendar.” This famous businessman said the addition of Australia’s best players in combination with some “major internationals” at Broome should set the scene for a “very competitive yet highly enjoyable” tournament.