It’s the most entertaining game of polo in Australia, and with no rules, things always promise to get interesting when the Cuff n’ Collar city slickers take on the High Country cattlemen at the annual Dinner Plain Geebung Polo.
Since 1989, this Aussie tradition has been drawing huge crowds to the Victorian Alps every Easter in an anythinggoes game of polo that honours the old Banjo Paterson’s poem ‘The Geebung Polo Club’.
“They wear helmets and face guards, we just wear Akubra hats,” says David Olsson, who has played for the Geebungs since the very first chukka hit off 28 years ago.
“There’s no umpire. If the ball goes out of grounds, the crowd just picks it up and throws it back.”
While the teams don’t fight to the death – as was the fate of those in the famous poem – the competition is no less fierce with the city versus country rivalry smoking hot.
After a smashing 12-3 defeat last year, the Cuff n’ Collar team are headed to the alps determined to win back the trophy, but the Geebungs have no plans to give it up, says Olsson. The Geebung Polo, part of the weekend-long Dinner Plain Easter Festival, has grown to be one of the biggest events on the High Country calendar. Each year the game draws a crowd of up to 3,000 to the picturesque Cobungra Station – the largest cattle station in Victoria, which is known for producing some of the country’s best Wagyu beef.
The weekend kicks off on Saturday at Dinner Plain Alpine Village, with children’s entertainment, circus games, jumping castles, sled dogs, laser tag, movie nights and live music before waking up Easter Sunday to the Grand Easter Egg Hunt. Buses will shuttle the crowd over to Cobungra, where they will be entertained with the likes of frozen chook throwing, helicopter rides and live music between polo chukkas.
And from the sidelines, the crowd will be wildly cheering on the Geebungs and their mountain ponies as they chase down the Cuff n’ Collars for the 28th year.
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