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Mon 31st Jul 2017

The Royal Salute Coronation Cup

Flannels England secure success

Following their defeat in the 2016 Royal Salute Coronation Cup, the Flannels England team had a point to prove on Saturday 29 July. Once again facing GT Bank Commonwealth, it was the chance to secure the coveted trophy. The weather was not in the favour of the players, ponies or spectators as the rain lashed down upon The Queen’s Ground. Despite the deluge, Flannels England led from the outset, finishing the first chukkas with a 2-0 lead. By the end of the third chukka, as the rain sodden spectators went onto the ground to repair the damage, England had managed to increase their advantage to 4-1. GT Bank Commonwealth tried desperately to notch another goal upon the scoreboard, but with the ball slipping out of their grasp time after time and missed opportunities, meant that GT Bank Commonwealth failed to narrow the scores. In the end as the final whistle went, Flannels England secured the title with a final score of 7-1. A full report of the event will be included in the next issue (September) of Polo Times, not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe. 
Earlier in the day, before The Royal Salute Coronation Cup, the next generation of polo players took to The Duke’s Ground for the HPA British Junior Polo Championships Buckmaster section. In a promising display of young talent, Northwood took on Cirencester. The competition between the two teams was fierce and up until half-time, the scores were relatively close. However, after some team talks, Northwood came out in the second half and scored a flurry of goals to secure the title, 9-3½. The prizes were presented by Eduardo Novillo Astrada, Chairman of the Argentine Polo Association. The Polo Times Best Playing Pony Award was presented to Aguada Pinturita, played by Manuel Novillo Astrada in the second chukka. 
The day also included the presentation of the HPA’s Ferguson Trophy, which is presented to the Best Young Player of the Year. Sponsor of the trophy Bruce Merivale Austin awarded this accolade to the young Englishman Jimbo Fewster, who has been in outstanding form in the high goal for King Power this season.
The somewhat wet conditions of the Coronation Cup day did not dampen the sprits of the HPA, fresh from the announcement that Flannels have signed a five year extremely advantageous sponsorship deal to support England polo. 
The Royal Salute Coronation Cup Teams:
Flannels England (25): James Beim (6 – Capt), Max Charlton (7), James Harper (6) & Luke Tomlinson (6). Reserves Jack Ricardson & Mark Tomlinson
GT Bank Commonwealth (26): Hissam Ali Hyder (6), Dirk Gould (5), John Paul Clarkin (7) & Fred Mannix (8 – Capt)
The British Junior Polo Championships Buckmaster Final Teams:
Cirencester (2): Dominic Lodge (1), Patrick Lodge (0), Oscar Luard (1) & Jack Aldridge (0)
Northwood (3): Ollie Cork (2), Milly Hine (0), Manuel Novillo Astrada (0) & Alex Webb (1)
Photograph: Despite the rain, Flannels England and GT Bank Commonwealth gave it their all. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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