The Royal Selangor Polo Club won the inaugural South East Asia Polo Challenge, winning a hard fought battle against a gallant Perth Polo Club on Sunday 28th February. The RSPC team of Dato Mohamed Moiz, Dato Mohd Zekri Ibrahim, Shaik Reismann and Saladin Mazlan triumphed 5-3, in a game played at King’s Meadow, the home of Perth Polo Club. The players are see here with the legendary Malaysian horseman Billy Bagby.
Perth started the match determined to take the game to the Malaysians with their brand of fast, open polo. RSPC countered with teamwork and ball control that won them time to launch penetrating attacks. It was a contrasting display of excellent polo by both sides – Perth throwing everything into all out attack while RSPC tried to weather the storm before building from the back. It made for spectacular polo.
After a couple of near misses, Shaik Reismann deservedly opened the accounts with a well worked field goal that involved all the RSPC players.
Hugo Fischer was released from a 5b and replied in for Perth Polo Club to keep the scores level at the end of the first chukka.
RSPC had already started to take control and ran rampant in the second chukka, scoring three unanswered goals. Saladin was in fine form, taking control from the rear guard of RSPC’s defence and unleashing a barrage of long range bombs that kept the Perth players scurrying back in defense. It paid off as the goals poured in. Saladin put away a tap in penalty, and field goals by Dato’ Mohamed and Dato’ Zekri gave the Malaysians a commanding 4-1 lead going in at half time.
Hugo Fisher pulled one back in the penultimate chukka but by then the result was not in doubt.
RSPC stretched their lead to 5-2 with a great goal by club president Dato’ Mohamed Moiz that he lofted majestically through the posts from a full gallop, over 60 yards out. Perth got one goal back in the dying minutes to make the score a little more respectable, in what was RSPC’s day.
If Saladin Mazlan was the man of the match, Shaik Reismann was the engineer of a disciplined team performance by a well oiled RSPC machine.
The Malaysians had played a friendly at the Swan Valley Polo Club’s Duncraig Stud the day before and had also won, 7-4 against Swan Valley.
The tour was very good one. It started with a superb reception at Australian Polo Federation Vice President Greg Johnson’s house, on a high deck overlooking his lovely polo ground. Duncraig hosted a BBQ after the games on Saturday. Sunday saw locals driving to King’s Meadow with horse trailers and picnic baskets. It was a congenial atmosphere of polo camaraderie that ended with a dinner on Sunday night at the historic Rose and Crown Hotel, hosted by Dato Mohamed Moiz.
Both clubs were delighted with their mutual passion for polo and plans were drawn up for a return match in Kuala Lumpur in May.
Reproduced from PoloEquestrian.com with permission.