SA Club Championships Polo Tournament
South African Championships polo tournament was held at Karkloof on the weekend of the 12, 13 and 14th of July.
The ROSKI STUD four goal team consisted of Martin Watson (son of the very well known local polo player Russell Watson), Soss Santini, Ross Santini and Michael-John Marlton.
To kick off the first game of the weekend on friday for the four goal, ‘Roski’ beat the ‘Fairfield’ team which included Guy Slater, Rupert Crowe, Mathew Crowe and William – Rupert Crowe’s young son, by a very close seven goals to six. It was the long experienced brother duo of Rupert and Mathew Crowe that almost brought them a nail biting win after they scored three quick goals in the last chukka which evened up the score. However, it was MJ Marlton who got a lucky break for ‘Roski’ in the last few minutes when he was able to carry the ball all the way up the field from the line-out and scored the winning goal.
Saturday's game saw the team clashing with a very strong side of local players. Heading the opposition up was Angus Williamson from Mooi River and backing him up was Brett Chubb and his two sons Cameron and Blake. It was a very close and hard game from start to finish with both teams having an incredible will to win. In the end it was fouling that let the ‘York’ team down and with great accuracy from MJ Marlton, Roski capitalized on each chance by put through every penalty shot rewarded.
Having reached the final on Sunday Roski played the ‘Inanda A’ side from Johannesburg featuring pro player Craig James, Crispen Cheadle, Lidgetton Local Mike Norton (neighbour to Roski Stud) and patron lady player from Jo'burg, Galia Dviri.
With both teams going in evenly matched, the game reflected this throughout. As one team scored, shortly so did the other and this continued for close on three chukka’s. Roski started the final chukka two goals up and kept control from there on out with a final score of seven goals to four.
We’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the organisation of this fantastic tournament and of course in keeping with the tradition of the sport – THREE CHEERS FOR THE PONIES!