Experienced players, youngsters in action at Lalor polo tourney
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The Dennis Lalor Polo Tournament, featuring a mix of experienced players and the youngsters, takes place this afternoon at the Kingston Polo Club, Caymanas Estates, starting at 3 p.m.
As many as six to seven teams will contest the tournament, which is staged annually to mark the birthday of the Hon. Dennis Lalor O.J. in June.
Lalor, who is president of both the Kingston Polo Club and the Jamaica Polo Association, is celebrating 55 years as a member of the Kingston Polo Club. His contribution to the sport over the years as administrator and one of its most durable players is well documented.
Lalor represented his country with distinction in many international tournaments for 40 years.
His association with equestrian sports also extends to horeracing. Lalor was chairman of both the Jamaica Racing Commission and Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission for years from the late '70s to 1990.
His company, ICWI, has assisted polo in Jamaica through sponsorship of several tournaments.
Among the players down to compete are Lalor's son, Paul, along with Mark Wates, his brother, Ricky Wates, top female players Lesley Fong-Yee and Rachel Turner, the Argentenian pro Jorge Donovan, Troy Brennan, Mark Chin, Jonathan Dougall, Michelle Subaran, Adam Lang, and the teenagers Jason Willetts and Luke Clarke.
Kingston Polo Club's top player, Member of Parliament James Robertson, will miss the tournament. Fong-Yee disclosed that he is still recovering from a broken leg sustained in a polo match some weeks ago.
Meanwhile, the top players in the island are gearing up for next month's tour of the island by the Zimbabwe polo team. They will play a number of matches against Jamaican teams from Friday, July 6, at the St Ann Polo Club, Drax Hall, to Sunday, July 15, at the Kingston Polo Club.