Great Western Railway Polo On the Beach

westWatergate Bay saw weekend of excitement

An action-packed weekend at Watergate Bay saw three polo matches played over 19 – 21 June.
On Friday 19 June, Land Rover Cornwall took on a Rest of the World side, following a hard fought match Land Rover Cornwall were victorious with a winning score of 7 goals to 6. The Watergate Bay Trophy Match was played for on the following day, Saturday 20 June, between Joules and Beach Retreats. The final score read 12-8 in favour of Joules, who lifted the Watergate Bay Trophy. Despite its title as the ‘Sunday Friendly’ match, the fast-flowing and competitive match, which was focused in providing a spectator-friendly display of polo, eventually saw Joules lose out to Carrs Land Rover with a final score of 7-5. Players included 7 goaler Jamie Le Hardy, Welsh team member Andrew Blake Thomas, playing alongside Tim Vaux of Vaux Park Polo Club.

A Segway polo match provided a different kind of polo experience, and saw the Watergate Bay Buccaneers take on the Camborne Crusaders. After a closely contested match, the final score read 4-3 in favour of the Watergate Bay Buccaneers.

In addition to the polo played over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the family-friendly weekend also saw an eye-boggling exhibition from the legendary Devil’s Horsemen stunt team, who have provided both displays and film extras for over 30 years. Additionally, there was entertainment in the form of a family dog show in aid of St Francis Home for Animals, as well as demonstrations from the Watergate Bay Surf Life Saving Club. Saturday night saw a party on the beach, with live music from both Duke and DJ Krystal Roxx.

Photograph: Action from the GWR Polo on the Beach Tournament. By James Ram