Land Rover Polo in the Park takes over Sydney

The Land Rover Polo in the City kick-started Sydney’s summer season on Saturday with a glamorous polo party in Centennial Park, Sydney. Celebrating the event’s 10th year, the spectacular Land Rover marquee was hosted by Land Rover ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins, Sally Fitzgibbons and Phil Waugh along with Jaguar Land Rover Managing Director Matthew Wiesner.

The Land Rover VIP Marquee was this year styled as an elegant Hamptons-style homestead, complete with laid-back sundeck furniture and sprawling wooden verandas. In perhaps the most luxurious offering on course, the fixture had its own restaurant, where guests were able to order lobster rolls, spicy fish empanadas and grilled wagyu beef chimichurri salad, accompanied by Aperol Spritz and Champagne. There were even two tiny polo ponies tethered to the white picket fence, “Rangie” and “Rover”, who boasted miniature Land Rover horse blankets. And of the course the stars of the Land Rover VIP Marquee was the line up of Land Rover vehicles including the never seen before New 2016 Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic.

The Sydney event was the first in the Land Rover Polo in the City series which will happen around the country in November and December, with Land Rover hosting over 500 VIPs and customers over five weeks in five states. In its endless quest to go above and beyond, Land Rover partners with equestrian events all around the world, from its global alignment with the British Polo Day to the World Equestrian Games held in Normandy, France.

Guests who headed down to Centennial Park in their Range Rovers to tread the divots included Land Rover ambassadors Sally Fitzgibbons and Phil Waugh, Francesca Cumani and Rob Archibald, Tom and Hoda Waterhouse, Matt Toomua, Scott Sio, Christian Lealiifano, Kelly Landry and Anthony Bell, Amber Sherlock, Rebecca Vallance, Scott and Alina Barlow, Jacqueline Perrett & Kelvin Ho, Donny Gallea, Erin Holland, Elyse Knowles, Julie Stevanja and Troy Tindill.

A first-timer to a UFC match? & what an extraordinary study in pop culture!


I am being incredibly honest here.

To watch humans attempt to basically bash the crap out of each other, kick them in the head, then continue to bash them, all in an octagon-shaped cage isn’t exactly the idea of everyone’s viewing pleasure.

I am writing this as a first-timer to a live, pay-for-view sport whose popularity has risen exponentially, particularly since the arrival of dynamic, former US judo Olympic medalist, Ronda Rousey.

But hang on. The undefeated champion, who was expected to win the title, actually lost.

Ronda was expected to claim the bantamweight UFC (Universal Fighting Championships) title in a matter of minutes when she was up against Holly ‘daughter of a preacher man’ Holm.

But stats, odds, hearsay and form don’t always go to plan.

And how fortunate it was to be sitting right behind the Holm family — dad, brothers, best friends and cheer squad. Their excitement was akin to winning Powerball. They jumped, they clapped, they smiled, they went wild, they kissed even us, seated behind them before happily posing for snaps as soon as their ‘girl’ beat the champ.

No. There was no ‘tap-out’ to determine the fight’s outcome — that’s the UFC equivalent of saying ‘enough is enough’, ‘I’m done’ or ‘get the hell off me’ — but instead a TKO (technical knock out) that saw UFC star Ronda floored out of the match in the second round, out of a potential 5-round match.

The thing that initially aroused my interest in Rousey, in every interview I’d read and watched was her extreme and brilliant strength, her total dedication, her confidence and total domination.

Ronda wears that confidence and a seemingly 24/7 drive to be the best, just like a beacon. But tonight that confidence was dealt a severe slow. So much so, that she had to go to hospital after the match.

A UFC match is basically no-holds-barred — and by no-holds-barred, it is exactly that. One match has been known to last 14 seconds. With a broken bone or something in there somewhere.

And no matter about this loss, as far as poster women are for sport, Ronda Rousey is still at the top of that ladder, globally.

As far as a pop culture icon goes, there is no-one at the moment that has piqued the interest, respect and following Ronda Rousey commands. No matter how much damage is inflicted on themselves or on their opponents.

But now, there looks to be a new queen.

As soon as I mentioned I had been invited to watch Ronda Rousey contend her title with Holly Holm, the eyes of friends either lit up like beacons. Or stared at me with total and utter disbelief.

“You want to watch people bash the crap out of each other?” some of them said.

You know what? No, I don’t.

That was certainly not my rationale for going, when I was invited as a guest of Reebok, who sponsor Ronda and the global UFC.

(For a serious sports account of the match you will go elsewhere on our website for that) but as for me, this is purely a first hand, first time experience account, particularly for a person who has been vaguely dismissive and sceptical of what has become one of the world’s most in p-demand and hottest watched sports.

While wrestling may be a big choreographed stage show, a UFC match is a combo of judo, of wrestling, of boxing, and of kickboxing.

Basically, it encapsulates every form of martial arts with quite a lot of head bashing in between.

Watching a few matches Sunday afternoon, followed by the Rousey/Holm match was as riveting and exhilarating as it was nerve-racking. And it was mighty brutal.

It is watching-through-your-fingers stuff. It is not for the faint-hearted. In fact, it is NOT for everyone at all. I was hesitant about even going.

Etihad stadium in Melbourne was packed — over 60,000 people — a world record in UFC land with the entire stadium full of LED lights — the most any ‘gig’ has seen in Australia.

The entire day was full of matches but most were there for one thing only — to see the Ronda/Holly rumble.

The whole UFC thing is part of 21st Century pop culture. And pop culture encompasses a lot. The fan base, the followers, the groupies, the vibe in the room totally astounded me.

As the main ‘female’ match approached, it actually made me feel a bit stressed.

The vibe, the buzz and electricity in the room had my heart beating at double speed.

Sure, it was exhilarating, exciting and fascinating but boy, I don’t think I could ever go through watching a match every week.

The blood, the major cuts, the swollen eyes, the punches to the head, the potential of broken bones and the near, sheer beyond human-physicality of it makes you feel anxious. And man, that was just me as a mere audience member.

You have to hand it to them: UFC fighters are in a class of its own. Strong, confident, daring, proud.

I felt a mega touch of The Wrestler meets Rumble In The Jungle.

But here, there were no absolutely holds barred.

And that is the scary thing.

I can only reiterate, that UFC matches are not for everyone. But if you want to see sports people with strength like Samson and determination like (some) kids doing their end-of-year exams, this is the experience for you.

Even if you to watch it between gritted teeth, clenched fists and with your hands constantly over your eyes.

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Melissa Hoyer was a guest of Reebok Australia to the UFC193 in Melbourne.

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The latest from adidas: the Consortium Superstar 80v metropolis.

2015 was THE year of the Superstar and marked the tenth anniversary of the Consortium Series which began with the now legendary Superstar 35th project. After a continuous stream of high-profile collaborations, special make-ups, and a multitude of colorways, the Metropolis is yet another highlight and a most fitting end to this exciting year.


Derived from the natural habitat of the Superstar the monochromatic warm grey of the Metropolis resonates a bare concrete essence, retaining the contemporary aesthetics of its native urban origins. The shoes appearance blends harmoniously with the modern city architecture and could even be taken for camouflage in this environment. Apart from the aesthetic standpoint there is a rather practical element to the color too, as it is naturally more forgiving regarding the dusty side-effects of inner city life.

With the choice of an ultra-soft suede leather for the Metropolis’s complete upper, the juxtaposition to concrete couldn’t be more of a contrast. What comes as a surprise on this Superstar is the fact that even the most iconic part of the shoe, the shell toe, is actually executed in this same suede. Apart from the subtle contrast stitching the upper as well as outsole, leather lining, and slim cotton laces are completely uniform in color. Silver foil embossed Consortium signets on both tongues, silver all-over printed insoles and, most recognizably, the individual numbering on both heel tabs appear as the only visual markers for this limited edition highlight.


The adidas Superstar 80v Metropolis is released in an edition of 1000 pairs and will be launched on November 13th at Espionage and Sneaker Boy. RRP $150

World's biggest short film festival, Tropfest, cancelled due to 'mismanaged funds'

THE world’s biggest short film festival, Tropfest has announced its December 6 event will not be taking place as scheduled.

Tropfest’s founder and director John Polson has announced he has started legal action against the management company, which was also responsible for raising funds, after a six-figure hole was found in its finances.

“It is devastating for me to announce today that Tropfest will not be taking place as scheduled in Centennial Park this year,” Mr Polson has said in a statement.

“In the past week or so, I have been made aware that the company contracted to raise the funding and administer the Tropfest event is unable to move forward for financial reasons.

“Despite a challenging sponsorship climate, Tropfest has done reasonably well in attracting support this year; however, to my great surprise, the management company has informed us that it is unable to proceed.”

Mr Polson has been at the helm of the mega successful event for 23 years and admits it is one of the most difficult decisions he has had to make.

“It goes without saying that this announcement is the most difficult one I’ve made in Tropfest’s 23 year history,” he adds.

“My heart goes out to this year’s 16 filmmaking finalists, to our incredible list of sponsors and partners, and of course to our loyal and beloved audience.

“It is too early to tell what has actually happened here, although it is hard to avoid concluding there has been a terrible and irresponsible mismanagement of Tropfest funds.

“I and others will be spending the coming weeks and months investigating what has transpired.”

Ever since Tropfest stated it in the Tropicana cafe in Sydney’s Darlinghurst 23 years ago, it has attracted the world biggest names in acting. They have included Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Cate Blanchett and visiting international actors, who happen to be in Australia at the time of the event.

Tropfest also has become an event that attracts tens of thousands of guests who set up, picnic-like positions – for many years in The Domain and in public places all over Australia, although this year’s main venue was Sydney’s Centennial Park.

“In the meantime, I ask all of Tropfest’s many supporters to bear with us while we figure out how we can rebound from this disaster,” adds Mr Polson.

“Now more than ever this unique Australian cultural event needs your patience and support.”

The film festival was heavily criticised in 2013 after awarding a ‘transphobic’ film, Bamboozled, the top prize.

The man behind Tropfest has reportedly launched legal action over the “irresponsible mismanagement” of funds that led to the cancellation of this year’s short film festival.

The annual festival in Sydney’s Centennial Park – scheduled for December 6 – won’t go ahead because of lack of money, Tropfest founder and director John Polson says.

“It is too early to tell what has actually happened here, although it is hard to avoid concluding there has been a terrible and irresponsible mismanagement of Tropfest funds,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

A discrepancy of six figures in the festival’s finances managed by a company contracted to run the event means it cannot go ahead, Mr Polson told Fairfax.

Mr Polson said he was surprised to learn the festival could not proceed.

Tropfest had done reasonably well to attract support this year despite challenges to sponsorship, he said.

Tropfest was due to celebrate its 24th year.

Since its inception in 1993 it has expanded to festivals in New Zealand, South East Asia, the United States, and the Middle East.

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