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Young Indigenous Stockmen Shine In The Kimberley Challenge Thrilling Scenes On The Sand At The Pinctada Cable Beach Polo

May 27, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Today marked the return of the Pinctada Cable Beach Polo, Australia’s only beach polo tournament in Broome, Western Australia.

Indigenous supermodel Samantha Harris and X-Factor contestant Barry Southfield joined 2,000 guests today at Cable Beach to watch indigenous stockman Carl Malfong and Byron Malay battle it out against polo professionals in the Kimberley Challenge, a clash that embraces the excitement of beach polo and captures the rich rural history of Australia’s unique Kimberley landscape.

Malfong and Malay were recipients of the Cable Beach Scholarship which was launched in 2013 by Cable Beach Polo with the generous support of the Opiango Polo Training School in New Zealand. In the lead up to the thrilling match the stockmen spent two months in New Zealand with leading polo trainer Harriet Kuru, who shaped the boys’ performance and confidence which was on display during today’s three-chukka game resulting in team ‘Broome Boulevard’ defeating ‘Merchant Shipping 5/4.

Commenting on today’s action, director of Pinctada Cable Beach Polo, Marilynne Paspaley AM, said “The Kimberley Challenge celebrates this unique region and polo tournament by bringing talented stockmen to Cable Beach to compete in Australia’s only beach polo tournament.

Carl and Byron have taken on this challenge with enthusiasm and commitment that has inspired us all and it has been an absolute delight to host them at Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2014”.

Following the success of the Kimberley Challenge, Australia’s leading polo professionals and international players from New Zealand and Columbia took to Cable Beach to battle it out for the Paspaley International Beach Polo Cup, with team ‘GPG’ defeating ‘Pinctada’ 6/1. Captain of the winning team was lead by Sam Hopkinson who battled it out against the visiting Columbians Esteban Uribe and Federico Uribe.

A large crowd of spectators watched the action from the sand where they also enjoyed a special performance by X Factor finalist Barry Southgate. VIP guests including Samantha Harris, Georgia Gorman, Christopher Paspaley, Marly & John Boyd and international chef Barclay Dodge also donned their best ‘beach chic’, barefoot fashion and enjoyed a tapas-style lunch complete with Bunnamagoo wine and Coopers pale ale to the tunes of celebrity DJ Daimon Downey.

The three-day festival will return to Cable Beach on Sunday 25 May featuring an exciting line up of action including the Broome International Airport Cup II Final and the Paspaley International Beach Polo Cup II Final with players vying for the coveted Pinctada Cable Beach Polo trophy.

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