Polo Times Magazine Subscribe to Polo Times Home
HomeNewsTournamentsClassifiedsAbout usSubscribeContact

Tue 22nd May 2018

Win For HB La Forge

The La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Trophy

The wonderful English sunshine which had bathed the Royal Wedding in Windsor the day before was once again out in its full glory on Sunday 20 May. With a great feel good factor still very much in the air, it was a wonderful atmosphere at Guards Polo Club on The Queen’s Ground as HB La Forge took on King Power in the Final of the La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Trophy, which is the first 15 goal tournament of the season and has been sponsored by La Martina since 2008.

Medium goal in the UK is booming this season and a healthy entry of 16 teams (up from 14 in 2017) is a good barometer of polo’s health in the UK. The tournament which began on 4 May has seen just over two weeks of tough competition resulting in Sifani and Park Place being pipped to the post at the Semi Finals.
With Sebastien Pailloncy playing very well off 3 goals and no patron on the King Power team taking part, there were two evenly balanced teams facing each other which made for a free-flowing and enjoyable match. However, it was a game of thrills and spills with Pallioncy having a fall at the end of the first chukka which saw him replaced at half time by Ralph Richardson and the young Marcus Cork also having a fall in the fourth.
Having missed out in the Semi Finals last year playing as HB Polo, this time around HB La Forge came out of the traps with determination to win, with Mark Tomlinson deftly finding the posts within the first minute of play. The HB boys were in control of the first chukka which ended with a 3-1 lead, but this head start was eroded with great play from King Power and as the half-time bell sounded it was all to play for with both teams at three goals apiece. During the third and fourth chukkas it was hard to call the eventual winners as each goal was matched and as the clock ticked down to the dying seconds of the fourth chukka it was indeed too close to call with the score at 6 goals each. An extra, overtime chukka was on the cards.
As the deciding fifth chukka started, the spectators did not have long to wait for the deciding goal, as Richard Tyrone provided the perfect set-up for Tomlinson to seal the deal for HB La Forge with a final score of 6-7.
Fresh from his Prince of Wales Trophy and Most Valuable Player award from the previous day, Juan Martín Zubía was once again recognised for his superb play for King Power, winning the Most Valuable Player Award, whilst King Power’s X9, played by Marcos Di Paola won the Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug.
La Martina’s Royal Box guests, enjoyed a delicious lunch and tea skilfully crafted by Mosimann's, the official caterers at Guards, who had also catered for the Royal Wedding evening reception the night before.
The La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Trophy Teams:
HB La Forge (15): Luke Wiles (1), Sebastien Pailloncy (3) – substituted by Ralph Richardson, Richard Tyrone (5) & Mark Tomlinson (6)
King Power (15): Marcus Cork (1), Ned Hine (1), Juan Martín Zubía (6) & Marcos Di Paola (7)
Photograph: HB La Forge won the match in an extra time fifth chukka. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

Follow Polotimes on Twitter

Other top stories

Fri 21st Sep 2018
End of Season Handicap Changes
HPA releases handicap list

Thu 20th Sep 2018
The 54th Jockey Club Open
Second Semi Final cancelled

Tue 18th Sep 2018
Sainte Mesme Secure The Paprec French Open
Play ends in the French high goal

Fri 14th Sep 2018
The 54th Jockey Club Open Commences
La Dolfina Valiente, La Dolfina Brava I, Las Monjitas and Pilará Etiqueta Negra lead the table

Tue 11th Sep 2018
East Coast Open Finale
Tradition continues for the Brant Family with victory

Mon 10th Sep 2018
Argentine Update
The 51st Abierto de San Jorge ends

Fri 7th Sep 2018
AAP Rules Change Trial
Four new rules to be tested at The San Jorge and Jockey Club Opens

Thu 6th Sep 2018
Passport Regulation Changes
Update from the HPA

Thu 6th Sep 2018
Argentine Spring Season Begins
Duke of Edinburgh Trophy finalists decided

Wed 5th Sep 2018
Polo Times is Out Now!
September Issue of Polo Times

Tue 4th Sep 2018
The Guards Ladies’ Charity Tournament for the Lord Patrick Beresford Trophy
The ladies out in force for Breast Cancer Haven Charity

Mon 3rd Sep 2018
Sotogrande wins for La Indiana, Ayala & Sotoisla
47th International Polo Tournament Ends

Fri 31st Aug 2018
Sotogrande Update
Finalists for Gold Cups set across low, medium & high goal

Tue 28th Aug 2018
Sotogrande Semi Finals Set
Action continues across low, medium and high goal at Santa María Polo Club

Fri 24th Aug 2018
The HPA Whitbread Trophy
Young Scotland take home the honours

See all news in:

End of Polo Times news page

Advertiser information Contact us Subscribe Work for us All information is subject to copyright 2015


Latest Classified

Latest Classified

Ivor Williams H610 Large horse trailer built 2010. Tack box and four partitions....
 Get into Polo

Get started in polo

Information on how to get started in polo
 Destination of the Month

The global game

Holidays and breaks playing or following polo around the world

Online magazine

Login to read current and back issues of the magazine
 Find your nearest club

Club contacts

Find your nearest polo club
Cookies in Use