It’s an enormous fillip to the Scone Polo Club that it is so well represented with three players selected for the upcoming Polo World Cup at Windsor NSW. It will be especially gratifying to Anto White of Belltrees, father of Alec White, who has successfully developed the school for young players in recent years. It’s certainly borne fruit. This team is proof positive indeed.
Jack Archibald named captain of Australian Polo team
The Scone Advocate
5 Oct 2017, 4:56 p.m.
SCONE local Jack Archibald will captain the Australian team at the prestigious World Polo Championship.
NEW CAPTAIN: Scone local Jack Archibald was named captain of the Australian polo team to compete at the World Polo Championship in October.
This continues a remarkable family tradition with Jack’s elder brother Rob also having captained Australia at Polo. Matriarch and Grandmother Helen while acknowledging some anxieties ‘is immensely proud’! Who wouldn’t be?
The Upper Hunter region will be well represented at the prestigious event. Three local players have been selected to represent Australia including Jack Archibald, 28, Alec White, 27, and Lachie Gilmore, 17.
Living on neighbouring properties and both from Scone, Archibald and White are the two highest rated players with a handicap record of 5.
As a new addition to the team, Lachie Gilmore will compete for Australia for the first time this year.
The 17-year-old from Ellerston is continuing a family tradition – with his father Glen Gilmore having captained the Australian team for more than a decade.
Jack Archibald has also been named captain of the squad and says he is excited to lead the Australian team for the first time.
“Representing your country at any level is a great privilege but to be a part of the World Cup team and having the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd makes it even more special and a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said.
Alec White added that he was looking forward to a very competitive tournament.
“We have a mix of experienced and some fantastic up-and-coming players so will work hard to play a smart team game,” he said.
“Hopefully we can use playing on home soil in front of family, friends and a supportive Aussie crowd to our advantage and do everyone proud.”
The world’s best players will compete at the Olympic grade tournament which for the first time will host a myriad of events off the field including an art exhibition.
The XI FIP World Polo Championship will be held at Sydney Polo Club, Richmond from October 21 to 29.
‘The Fresh Prince of Scone’ set to make history as youngest-ever Australian polo pro
It’s considered the sport of kings but the Australian polo team will have one of the most talented princes in its ranks when the squad takes to the field at the World Polo Championships later this month.
At 17, Lachlan ‘Lachie’ Gilmore will be the youngest-ever player to represent Australia in the sport of polo and at the world-class event in Richmond.
Not that he’s daunted by the opportunity.
Gilmore comes from good stock; the teenager is the son of Glen Gilmore, the former player who captained the Australian side for more than 10 years. Gilmore snr spent many a northern summer piling his handicap on the British polo fields until 2014 when he returned home with his family to manage the Packer family’s Ellerston teams.
Lachie, or “the Fresh Prince of Scone” as he is known to his teammates including Alex Barnet, Jake Daniels, George Hill, Jack Kiely, James Lester, Daniel O’Leary and Alec White, will take on Argentina, Spain and Team USA in the pool-A round-robin tournament that will be held at the Sydney Polo Club from October 21. However he’ll be relying on his dad to organise the ponies as the youngster will be squeezing in a few chukkas in between sitting his HSC exams.
The Australian team will be captained by six-time capped national player Jack Archibald, 28, who is one of the most highly rated Antipodean polo pros.
Archibald, who started riding horses at five on his family property near Scone, also comes from an impressive polo bloodline, his older brother Robert and cousin Henry Bell also played for Australia. At 28, he’s now considered the Roger Federer of the sport after spending years playing in England, Argentina, South Africa, Barbados, Malaysia, China and India.
Despite playing overseas for about a decade and impressing fans like Queen Elizabeth, who presented his team with the trophy after they won the 2013 Royal Windsor Tournament, Archibald is looking forward to leading the Australian team, where he will play off of a five-goal handicap (for the uninitiated, that’s damn impressive, Princes William and Harry only play off low-goals marks).
He plans on leaving “nothing in the tank” when he and his plethora of horses – about 12 steeds are used for just one game – take to the field.
“Representing your country at any level is a great privilege but to be a part of the World Cup team and having the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd makes it even more special and a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Archibald said.
“Playing Argentina will be tough as they are the best and fastest players in the world but with some local support we are hoping to really take it to them.”
The Daily Telegraph
October 5th. 2017 120:00pm
FROM playing with British royalty to schmoozing with beauty queens, the Aussie polo team had Sydney’s social set swooning at the launch of the World Polo Championships in Richmond yesterday.
With local identities and event ambassadors Erin Holland and Kyly Clarke arriving via helicopter, the day was filled with laid-back luxury, with the championships set to kick off in just over two weeks.
Captain Jack Archibald has been tagged Australia’s answer to Prince Harry, hailing from polo royalty and sporting a similarly handsome look to the British royal.
Archibald said after playing in front of Queen Elizabeth, he was excited to bring the sport to his home state.
“We are really excited to be at home, we are looking forward to coming home and putting on a good performance after playing too much overseas,” Archibald said.
“I genuinely believe it is not the elitist sport which it is known to be.”
He laughed off his stud status. “I am happy to support the sport the best I can, but I am definitely much more comfortable on a horse,” he said.
Archibald mingled with the A-list crowd including Peter and Rebecca Higgins, Charles and Christa Billich and Holland, who has become one of Sydney’s hottest commodities since relocating to the Harbour City from Queensland.
Growing up in Cairns, Holland said she learnt how “to hustle” and the importance of appreciating the opportunities that came her way.
“To get roles like this for the World Polo Championship, I feel lucky and always want to deliver,” she said.
The World Polo Championships will be held in Richmond from October 21 to 29.