Things got off to a start on the Wednesday – well actually preparations for the open got off to a start long before the Wednesday but proceedings for the annual Zim Open 2009 got underway on Wednesday the 9th of September with their meet and greet, black tie ball the traditional gathering of all the players, managers, sponsors, interested spectators and family, as well as honoured guests and the few friends looking for a good party. The setting this year was spectacular the ball was held at the venue as usual however this year they had stepped it up a notch as they always do and we were treated to a fantastic array of drapes and lighting surrounding the main seating area, the tables were covered in flowers and confetti and it definitely was a world class event especially for the polocrosse community.
Members of the UK Under 16’s and Under 21’s, plus a few additional UKPA players, put on 6 half an hour polocrosse displays over the 4 days of Blenheim horse trials and received a very warm reception from the watching crowds and generated a lot of interest in the sport. In each demo the squad showed off their, and their horses’, skills first and then played a couple of chukkas. The watching public seemed to really enjoy the displays and a lot of people came back to watch the demonstration multiple times (to the point that certain players were developing their own individual fan clubs).
Polocrosse will make its debut on Sky Sports at the end of October in a series of four programs of the recent UK versus South Africa test match series. The test match series took place at Ashfields polocrosse club in Essex on the 18th and 19th of July and the UKPA arranged for the Country Channel to come and film it and screen it through their own TV channel.
In the weekend of 12 and 13 september, the 4th Dutch open tournament took place in Exloërveen (North-East Holland). They were 11 teams playing from Germany and Holland in 3 different categories: A, B and C.
The A final on Sunday afternoon was between team Holland 3 with Thomas Bakker, Having Steenhuis and Marieke Smallegange and Kananohe A with Sascha Beck, Solveign Grage and Caren Ollenschläger. It was a very exciting final with a score of 2-2 in the second chukka. But in the last chukka scored Thomas an other 2 goals; Holland won the A category with 4-2!