Polo action moves to the City this weekend from Friday July1-3 for the 10 goal Lord Cranworth Cup at the Nairobi Polo Club at the Jamhuri Park.
The three-day tournament promises fast, exhilarating and pulsating polo action with top Kenyan goalers turning up for the show.
The 2016 polo season which kicked off on May has so far had two competitions on May 28-29, and June 3-5, both at the Manyatta Polo Club, Gilgil (MPC). Polo fans and enthusiasts in Nairobi will have plenty of entertainment after a long while. Nairobi Polo Club’s first tourney of the season was aborted last weekend due to bad weather.
“The weather has favored us and we will have the tournament this weekend,” said Raphael Nzomo, captain for Nairobi Polo Club (NPC).
“The Lord Cranworth Cup is all about mental and physical toughness, and competitiveness will run at an all time high. Players are ready to display top polo action and we welcome fans of the sport to come in numbers and cheer their favorite players,” added Nzomo a Kenya Harlequins rugby legend and former chairman of NPC.
The tourney will feature two 10-goal teams competing in a three-day match for the Lord Cranworth Cup. Seasoned Kenyan International and seed two nationally James Murray (from North Kenya Polo Club) will captain Samsung Curve senior team. Murray who was a four goaler last season will play off handicap 4.5.
Handicap 3 Craig Millar from Manyatta Polo Club will make his first appearance this season in Nairobi as the captain of Royal Salute senior team. NPC chairman Phillip Arungah, his captain Raphael Nzomo and MPC’s immediate former captain Mbugua Ngugi, all playing off two goals will prominently feature in the high goal extravaganza.
Six team will compete for the Welby Cup in the intermediate category where haandicap 1.5 Kimoi Moi who last year played off one goal will play for Sapphire Salute while Hiromi Nzomo (0) turns up for Samsung S7. Three junior teams in the Red Bull Trophy in the ‘Sport of Kings.’