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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 3 (June 1, 1937)

New Zealand Polo Team

New Zealand Polo Team.

A New Zealand polo team has been invited to tour New South Wales early next year. City residents have no conception of the thrills which attend the game of polo. Of course, the screen has shown them the excellent “Sportlights” by Grantland Rice and portrayed the keen interest—and skill —of the late Will Rogers, but for sheer thrills one must see the skilful manoeuvring of the ponies by the daring riders to appreciate the fastest of field sport.

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Polo is a family game—or was before a golf course became a necessary part of every village or small settlement in New Zealand. As a lad I marvelled at the prowess of the Murphy Bros., well-known Gisborne settlers, who kept a regular horde of polo ponies and later years recalled tales of “polo families” in Hawke's Bay and South Canterbury. It is a game that is once more growing in popularity but one, unfortunately, seldom to be seen by city folk. Just another advantage enjoyed by country residents!