Of polo and Valentine's
Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
Third time's a charm and the annual Hanover Charities polo match on Valentine's Day at Chukka Blue Ranch Polo Grounds offered a great entertainment package for many who came to support the event.
With polo teams Round Hill Hotel and Villas vs Bank of Nova Scotia, fans were kept on the edge of their seats with Scotia's close 5-4 victory over Round Hill. Round Hill, which trailed most of the game, almost tied but were unsuccessful in their attempt as the final horn signalled the end of an action-filled match.
Energy Minister James Robertson, who is a polo player/judge and represented Round Hill and Villas, seemed to be having fun as his team tried to overthrow the eventual winners.
Nature adventure company, Chukka Caribbean Adventures, and world-renowned Round Hill Hotel & Villas partnered to organise the event with sponsors: Scotia Private Client Group, Maximillian Corporation and Billy Craig Insurance Brokers, Appleton Estate, Tru-Juice, Caribbean Producers Jamaica, Casa de Oro, Tai-Flora, Tryall Club, Digicel and Marksman.
In 2009, the event raised approximately US$9,600 for Hanover Charities, and this year, the organisers are hoping to surpass that amount.
The women at the event could not be missed as they donned eccentric hats, complemented by the classy sophistication of their dresses. The best hat competitions which is among the highlights of the event, was not well supported this year, unlike previous years, but Deborah Lewis and sister Vanessa Noel were chosen as top contenders. Vanessa was the crowd favourite with her polo-inspired straw hat which won her the title 2010 Best Hat.
Among the usual polo fans in attendance were:
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