Polo Manager at Polo Wicklow in Ireland. Siobhan is a fantastic player, 1-goal, Club manager and umpire. She has been playing since 2000, has been the Club Manager for 10 years and has umpired for more than a decade.
Polo Wicklow in situated only 30 miles south of Dublin on the East Coast of Wicklow. During the summer if weather is bad polo will be played in Arena. The Winter season runs from October through to May, and the Summer season from May to September.
Polo Wicklow hosted Ireland's 19th International Ladies Polo tournament
For a change this year the final was played in Dublin City Centre on the polo grounds in the Phoenix Park, home of the All Ireland Polo Club, one of Europe’s oldest polo grounds. The four nation fundraising event was held in aid of Teen Line. A charity that is committed to helping improve the social and emotional health and wellbeing of all young people, regardless of race, religion or sexuality by providing them with a friendly, confidential, non-judgemental helpline and support service.
Teams of ladies from South Africa, the USA, and for the very first time Saudi Arabia, with their Irish hosts gathered on Friday for the semi-finals in Wicklow to start proceedings in the most perfect conditions on the grounds of Ballyhenry. In glorious evening Sunshine the two matches played provided a great spectacle and as the visiting players became familiarized with their horses both games picked up speed,
but a not unpredictable result produced a good win for Audi Centre’s Ireland team against Tinakilly House Hotel’s Saudi Arabian team for the Sunday Final. Next up was the second semi final between House’s South African Team and Primark’s USA Team, in a close contest, USA took advantage of knowing the ponies and fields to beat South Africa and take the last spot in the final.
For the first time in ten years the Final was played in Dublin at the AIPC grounds, the USA’s Captain Liz Brayboy, Livi Alderman, Sinead Devine, Louisa Donovan and fifth player (playing one chukka) and USA team veteran Eileen Flint were totally fired up for the confrontation. Ireland’s Captain Siobhan Herbst, Sophie Patton, Jeanine Menendez, Derville Meade and Elaine Monahan (sharing a position) resplendent in the colours of Audi Centre and determined to triumph.
Enjoy the video of Ireland ( available if you read it on the computer only) and take a moment to visit the Polo Wicklow’s page. Polo Wicklow was established in 1993 by Michael Herbst on his home farm. As the only All Year Round Polo Club in Ireland we can guarantee polo every weekend, either in our full-size Polo Arena or on our International sized Grass Field. Polo Wicklow hosts regular international tournaments during the winter season, with teams coming from all over the world.
Despite the 1 ½ goals to USA the Irish team could not penetrate the defensive play of Louisa and Eileen, the more the Irish Audi team pushed the more resistance they had to deal with. Half time team talks breathed new life into the Irish players, coming in with a calmer more organised plan of attack, the USA players were taken unawares and a converted foul did the trick, Ireland were on a roll and the USA could not touch them, five goals on the trot with only one finding the goal for USA. A ‘hard match’ agreed both captains, scoreline 5 to 2 ½ to Ireland.
With the weather
deteriorating the South African team faced Saudi Arabia for the Subsidiary Final. Two teams who had travelled a great distance and away from beautiful sunshine had to contend with a very damp August Irish summer day.
Despite the weather
closing in the Saudi Arabian team captain Melonie Deasy, lead her team of Julie Kavanagh, Chloe Stebban, Emily Beere and Wendy Quinlan (sharing a position) to face South Africa’s Anne Bicard, Kayla Swart, Alida Vermaak and Courtney Soal.
Certainly the weather played its part but the two teams battled for every shot, the match became more and more defensive but every chukka produced some magic, South Africa’s team claimed victory by 3 ½ to 3 after four fierce chukkas.