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Thu 28th May 2015

Andrew Dechet wins The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Award in The Committee Cup at Guards Polo Club

Los Lobos defeat Ockholt to win the trophy

The 8 goal tournament proved popular this year with 15 entries separated into four different leagues. Los Lobos and AFB stormed through the initial rounds to the Final on Sunday 24 May, Ockholt and Clarita battled it out in less than ideal conditions for the Sub Final later that afternoon. Dark clouds and rain made for a slippery game for both Finals, however Los Lobos pipped AFB to the post with a final score of 8-6. Clarita took the Sub Final trophy beating Ockholt 7-3½. Andrew Dechet, pictured here with Tihana Webb was awarded The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Award for his contribution to Los Lobos’ win. The RJ Polo kit bag was crammed full of The Polo Magazine goodies, Pinkster Gin, silverware from Culinary Concepts, a Black Hound Sports gillet, a complimentary subscription to The Polo Magazine, dinner for two at PJ’s Bar and Grill. The next goody bag to be given out will be for The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award at The Cartier Queen’s Cup on Sunday 24 May.


Photograph: Andrew Dechet received The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award from Tihana Webb. By © www.imagesofpolo.com


Thu 28th May 2015

Europe’s oldest Polo Club still in full swing

Malta Polo Club host their Novices Cup tournament

Malta Polo Club’s Novices Cup took place on Saturday 23 May. The trophy, was donated to the Club by Lt.Col R.F. Guy and Capt. T. Gubbins (Wilts. Regt. 1Bn) on the understanding that it was to be played for annually, with the sprit of the competition on encouraging lower handicapped players to showcase their skills. First contested for back in 1923, this year’s edition continued to obey the tournament’s original ideal and featured some of the sport’s best newcomers in Malta, as well as a few more experienced played in order to encourage the novices.
Engel & Volkers opened the scoring in the first minute of play, and although their JEEP opponents replied, almost immediately with a goal to make the scores equal, Engel & Volkers in fact maintained that early advantage for the remainder of the match, taking the honours 7 goals to 5.
Following the match, the Cup was presented to Engel & Volkers by Mrs Vicky Lyttleton.
Malta Polo Club was established in 1868, a fact that makes it the oldest Club in Europe, and the second oldest Polo Club worldwide. The standard of play continues to go from strength to strength, and the novice players certainly proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

Engel & Volkers: Sara Manduca (-1), Capt., Jean Vella (-1), Jeremy Besancon (1), Karl Cassar (0)
JEEP: Ben Farrugia (-1), Matthre Brincat (-1), Capt., Patrick Filletti (0), Desmond Mizzi (-1)

Photograph: The winning Engel & Volkers Team

Wed 27th May 2015

What’s on this weekend?

The UK summer polo season is well underway

Teams in the Cartier Queens Cup are now a third of the way through and The Bentley Royal Windsor Cup at Guards Polo Club also began today. The UK summer season isn’t all about high goal, there are plenty of low goal options to play or even spectate at. Across the country this weekend there will be a range of tournaments and games for anyone to get involved in. If you are looking for a 6 goal tournament then you could play at Binfield Heath, Cambridge County or Rugby this weekend. If you prefer 4 goal then you could head to Druids Lodge, Epsom, Hurtwood, Kirtlington, Lacey Green or The Royal County of Berkshire. If you prefer to play -4 polo then you could head to Cheshire, New Forest, FHM or Vaux Park.

If however you prefer to take a break from galloping around playing and want to watch then there are a few options. On Saturday 30 May Longdole Polo Club will be hosting The Cheltonian Association and Society Polo Invitation Day at The Prince of Wales Ground. The schedule of the day includes Cheltenham College Preparatory School against Summer Fields at 1.30pm, Cheltenham College against Stowe at 2.30pm and closing the day Old Cheltonians against Old Etonians. Round the corner at Beaufort Polo Club more Junior polo will be played at The Prep Schools and Colts Tournament on Sunday. Guards Polo Club will continue to have games in both The Bentley Royal Windsor Cup and The Cartier Queen’s Cup. In the first game of The Bentley Royal Windsor Cup today, Kildare succumbed to Mad Dogs who won 7-6. To keep up-to-date with scores, draws and teams click here for The Bentley Royal Windsor Cup and here for The Cartier Queen’s Cup.

If you are looking for a fun-filled family day out with a charitable twist then head to Tidworth Polo Club. The Wiltshire Club is playing host to The Best of British day with The Duke of York's Cup, a match between the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, The Heroes' Cup and The Best of British Under 25s. The Heroes’ Cup, now in its second year, will be played for by injured service men and women with supporting players from the Army team. The Best of British Under 25s will round off the day with two teams selected by Alan Kent. The teams will be made up of Freddie Horne, George Meyrick, Max Routledge, Jack Richardson, Alexander Mains, Eden Ormerod, John Kent and Charles Scott. Click here to find out more about the day.


Photograph: The Best of British Heroes’ Cup players in 2014. By The best of British

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