The finals day of the BMW NZ Polo Open took place in perfect conditions at the picturesque Auckland Polo Club Ground in Clevedon. The event attracted its biggest crowd to date, with 7000 people piling through the gates to enjoy what was a thrilling and nail biting day of high class polo action. All three games had spectators on the edge of their seats, and in between games there was plenty of other entertainment both on and off the field for the crowd to enjoy. In the Open final Veuve Clicquot bolted into the lead in the first chukka to lead four goals to three. Bayleys responded strongly in the second however, levelling the score to four all. While Veuve Cliquot kept their nose in front throughout, Bayleys played absolutely brilliant polo throughout the game to push them all the way. Veuve Clicquot showed their class to win 12 – eight at the final bell. Auckland Polo Club President Tony van den Brink said Veuve Clicquot’s South African eight-goal player Nachi du Plessis out-classed everyone in the final with his superior skills. “It was clear from the beginning that Nachi was going to dominate, and so he did, scoring the majority of Veuve Clicquot’s goals,” said van den Brink. Van den Brink said although the Bayleys team played very well and it was a great competition, Veuve Clicquot was resoundingly better. “The Bayleys team combined together well, and they played above their skins, beating pre competition favourites BMW in the semi-finals. However, they didn’t have what it took to take out Veuve Clicquot,” he said. In the play off for 3rd and 4th BMW played Mobilis in a tightly fought and enthralling encounter which saw both teams neck and neck throughout! BMW managed to get across the line, coming away with a 8-7 victory. The game for 5th and 6th saw past winners Rodd and Gunn play Howard Scott and Partners. This too was an enthralling game which kept the crowd captivated! While Rodd and Gunn had a substantial early lead, Howard Scott had a fantastic 5th chukka and the score line was 7-9 going into the decider. Rodd and Gunn eventually secured the victory 11-8. The Most Valuable Player was Nachi du Plessis, while the Best Playing Pony accolade was given to Andrew Parrot’s ‘Vita’ who was played by Nachi. New sideline attractions this year included a fashion lawn and public after-party were very well attended. The Polo ‘Fashion in the Field’ competition attracted a stunning line-up of finalists, with Clifton Piper taking out the best dressed overall, winning an afternoon on Sir Owen Glenn’s super yacht, $3000 worth of Paspaley pearls and the use of a BMW car for a weekend.