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Polo Afternoon 2016

Over the Edmundian London dinner in 2015 Michael Maslinski, OE, told us that he was a keen polo player and his club was very close to the College. This revelation led to a hazy idea of an Edmundian polo day. 365 days later found us at the Silver Leys Polo Club ready to experience a VIP day watching some top class club polo.

The 70-strong crowd was a mix of current parents and OEs making it a truly Edmundian family day for all. We were delighted to welcome back Max Nicholas and Tara Castiglioni who hosted their own table, along with Zofia Torun-Shaw and Caroline Copeman amongst others. Michael Maslinski, as bad luck would have it, was unable to make the day that he helped to arrange but sent his warmest wishes.

Guests were treated to a superb 3-course buffet lunch, the food was all locally sourced and the dessert was something else! There was a lot of Prosecco corks popping and jugs of Pimms on the go to accompany lunch. We had been lucky with the weather – the forecast all week had promised rain but fate smiled upon us and we had a dry and cool day. As such we had the side of the pitch-side marquee rolled up so we were able to watch the matches as we ate. Many took dessert outside to our VIP area and sat at tables to watch the action. The thunder of horses’ hooves was never far away and it was thrilling to have such wonderful seats to view this fast paced game.

Silver Leys looked after us very well. We had commentary from players so we knew what was happening on the field and we were encouraged onto the pitch at half time to take part in the time honoured tradition of treading in the divots (with a bottle of champagne to the best ‘treader-inner’!). Some were even able to have a ride on a polo pony and practise swinging the stick – I know a few guests have signed up for a few polo lessons now so maybe next year we can field a St Edmund’s team?!

Everyone had a wonderful afternoon, many had not been to a polo match before but new fans of the sport where made on the day.

Silver Leys Polo Club is open to everyone and anyone who would like to learn the sport or simply turn up with a picnic and watch a few games on a weekend’s afternoon. It is right on our door step so do make the most of this wonderful afternoon out for all the family.