July 24th, 2012 Add comment
Russia's first ladies polo tournament
The 2012 Russian Women's Polo Open, on July 15th
The black team ended up winning the four-chukker match, 6-3.
July 15th 2012 is a date that will be always remembered in Russian polo circles, as it was the day in which the first ladies polo tournament took place in that country.
The 2012 Russian Women's Polo Open went ahead at the President's Polo Club, with two 0-goal foursomes competing for honours.
Two Presidents Polo Club teams took part, the 'black' foursome and the 'white' one. This latter team's line-up included Anastasia Huaco, Yana Bandurko, Raya Sidorenko and Olga Grishina, while the black one included Polina Nazarova, Anastasia Rodzianko, Sofia Dubrova, Tatiana Menshenina and Ania Menshenina. The black team ended up winning the four-chukker match, 6-3.
The spectators were somewhat taken aback to see women competing in a polo tournament, as a considerable amount of them thought this was a sport reserved for men. Polina Nazarova was chosen as MVP.
The Russian Women's Polo Open is further proof of how ladies' polo is progressing in many different and faraway regions of the globe.
The Presidents Polo Club next big polo match will take place on September 1st., which will be a 16-goal game with the participation of a Brazilian team. This will be Russia's highest level of polo played to date in the country