The Tale of the Traveling Playing Shirts

Early this spring Akuma Polo became the USA World Cup Squad’s first sponsor in The Quest for the World Cup 2015!   Who is Akuma Polo? Akuma Sports is a family business, based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire and set up by three brothers, Warwick, Daniel and Thomas Aldersley and later joined by their Aunt, Polly Pithers who heads up Operations. The rationale for setting up Akuma Sports was based on personal experiences of organizing and purchasing kit for many years for a Touring Polo Team. The experience irrespective of the brand, was always one of great disappointment especially when the kit arrived all too late for its purpose. Akuma Polo Early this spring, The Akuma Polo Company, graciously donated 18 playing shirts to the USA World Cup Polocrosse Squad to play in various national and international events in 2013 & 2014. Akuma Polo is also offering the same amazing shirt for purchase to the general public which will help credit the team towards World Cup Playing shirts!  Information on how to purchase the same playing shirt will follow.   Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 8.18.49 PM  

This is the beginning of the Tale of the Traveling USA Shirts:

We crossed the cold wet pond and arrived in hot Texas this March.  We were so excited that we got to make our debut at the famous Lone Star Polocrosse Tournament we had heard so much about.   There was one USA Akuma Polo Team- We got to play with Bri True, Dori Johnson and Rachael Martin(AUS) along with the men, Sam Pohl, Evan Vallee and Jake Burgdorf(AUS). Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 8.37.52 PM

Photo Credit- Jessie Reed Marketing

We played fast and hard.  Polocrosse is quite different than polo!

Jake Burgdorf Akuma Polo

Photo Credit- Stephanie YoungAkuma Polo Shirts Team USA


Photo Credit – Stephanie Young

The USA Akuma Polo World Cup Squad Playing shirts in hot pursuit of the ball!

When we had  time to brake and watch some top polocrosse.  We did a fun photo shoot to send back to Akuma to use for publicity-  Sometimes we got a little silly… Dori Johnson lecturing Sam Pohl   Dori Johnson posing with Daniel Johnson   We did get some great shots though.  USA Squad member Jessie Reed who is also heading up the major sponsorship heavy lifting took some great shots! Akuma Photo Shoot Akuma Polo Photo S There was some amazing play to watch.  The young players are definitely to be watched in the next couple years! Derek Rumel

 Photo Credit: Jessie Reed Marketing

Lone Star Member – Derek Rumel with the “Pick up of the Year”

The Next Generation

Cat's Smile

Cat Pickens,2003(Best Women player in her bracket) & 2007 USA World Cup member, smiles on with her son August as he’s a part of the budding “Next Generation” of Polocrosse youngsters!

Can’t wait to keep traveling around the country and internationally.  We just heard from the World Cup Manager, Patti Cifelli that we will be traveling to Canada and Western Austrialia with Squad Members this summer!  

We definitely had a grand start with the USA World Cup Squad!  


Some of us got to travel to teach a clinic in May in Colorado with Bri True & Sam Burrows.  Next blog post to come about that!  Find out why Bri True looks like this!  Bri True in True Pain!

– The USA World Cup Squad Akuma Shirts