Another first is coming to Barbados and this time it is the Massy Ladies International Polo Tournament, which is to be played at the Apes Hill Polo Club next week.
Though it is not the first time that ladies will be playing polo in Barbados, as there is the popular Battle of the Sexes tournament, it is the first time for the all-female tournament on the island.
Apes Hill was also the venue for the historic polo match under the lights, which they repeated once again this year recently.
Now they will be the first to host the all-female tournament, which features both local and international players.
Speaking at the media briefing yesterday at the Apes Hill Polo field, James Dickson said that professional Ladies’ polo has taken off over the last three to four years all over the world.
A sentiment which was echoed by Lucy Taylor, who will be playing on one of the teams next week and has also played in the Battle of the Sexes.
Taylor said that at the moment it is easier for a female to become a professional player than it is for a male.
There will be five local players involved in the tournament, which will have four teams participating.
Title sponsors Massy United Insurance said it was their first time sponsoring the sport and according to Sharon Alleyne-Elcock, they understand the vital role which sports plays in the development of people.
The tournament, which will start on April 5, will have two games on Tuesday and two games on Thursday, April 7; and the final is slated for April 9 at Apes Hill. (CG)
TEAMS are as follows:
MASSY Polo Team – Linda Williams (1), Ashleigh Deane (0), Rebecca Walters (4), Claire Brougham (6).
AR AESTHETICS Polo Team – Angela Robb (0), Camilla Williams (1), Lottie Lemmacraft (4), Lucy Taylor (5).
FOXCOTE Polo team – Rosie Vestey (1), Chrisstancia Evelyn (1), Vicki Gonzalez (1), Tamara Fox (7).
PRO-FIT Polo Team – Georgina Walter (0), Nicola Hodges (1), Ann Whaley (3), Sarah Wiseman (7).