New Zealand’s top high-goal players will compete this Friday, December 15 for the Christmas Charity Trophy at Mystery Creek Polo Club in New Zealand. Players include New Zealanders Nina Clarkin, John Paul Clarkin and Simon Keyte. They will compete in a 20-goal exhibition match.
Keyte and his cousin, J.P. Clarkin, have been running polo coaching schools during the New Zealand summer to grow the next generation of players. The best of young players from 10 to 14 years old will be play in one of the matches at the Christmas polo event. The goal, he said, is to develop young players so the next generation of players will be ready to take over when the current high-goal players retire from the sport. One match will feature a mixture of up-and-coming players and veterans.
The annual event started five years ago as the Paul Clarkin Memorial, who founded Mystery Creek Polo Club. He is J.P. Clarkin’s late father, who died in a polo accident in England. J.P. and Nina have been managing the club since then.
Gates open at 3 p.m., with the first game at 4 p.m. Afterward there will be music and a licensed bar. Tickets are $10 per adult; children under 12 free. Donations this year will go to the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade. Previously the event benefitted the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
For more information please contact Simon Keyte + 64 021 550 367 or David Fullerton + 64 021 686 430.
Cover Photo by Katerina Morgan
Photo Courtesy Mystery Creek Polo