The Geebung Polo Club

by A.B. (Banjo) Paterson, illustrated by Ninon Phillips

Comically grotesque characters populate this rendition of the poem about the mythic polo match between The Geeung Polo Club and their rich rivals The Cuff and Collar Team.

This is one of the best-known poems written by Australian A.B. "Banjo" Paterson, first published in 1893. It combines several of the most frequently recurring characteristics of his poetry - humor, tragedy, horses, and a romantic view of people from the bush.

"Somewhere up country" we have the Geebung Polo Club a rough-and-ready, somewhat irregular team on their wild mountain ponies. And from the city is the rich, exclusive Cuff and Collar Team. The poem is the story of their epic polo match said to be continuing, even today, manned by apparitions from beyond the grave. The bright colors and humorous style of illustration, combined with the wild and weird characters, bring the poem to life.