Polo Times Magazine Subscribe to Polo Times Home
HomeNewsTournamentsClassifiedsAbout usSubscribeContact
 
 
 
 

Mon 3rd Dec 2018

HPA National Club Championships

Arena season under way at RCBPC

On Sunday 2 December, hordes of arena polo enthusiasts gathered at The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club for the first HPA National Club Championships of the season, the 3 Goal and 12 Goal. Play began with the two Subsidiary Finals and following a dramatic fall for Sean Wilson-Smith, who is luckily now recovering at home following a series of tests in hospital, play got underway in The 3 Goal HPA National Club Championship Final. 

From the off, Sladmore took control of the play. By the end of the first chukka, Genevieve Meadows had put the team in green ahead by 4-1, a lead they continued to hold until half-time, finishing the first half 7-4. Following the break, Hedonism Wines came back with a vengeance, bringing the score to 10-7 in the third chukka, then as the seconds wound down in the final moments of the fourth chukka, evening the scoreboard. Celio Garcera almost took home the trophy for the Hedonism Wines team in the first two minutes of the extra chukka, as did Meadows, but as her pony kicked it away from the goal, Sladmore’s hopes appeared dashed. But, with determination, Meadows fought back to secure the winning goal for the Sladmore side with a 12-11 final score. Sladmore’s Christabel Horswell was named The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player whilst Garcera’s pony Armani was awarded the Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug. 
In the second Final of the day, double winners Regal Warriors came up against Ana Escobedo’s Ojo Caliente. The match was extremely tense from the off, with stern words and aggressive plays flying across the arena throughout. Ojo Caliente’s Jonny Good began the scoring for his side, securing 5 goals to 4 in response from Regal Warrior’s Max Charlton in the first chukka. The high scoring continued throughout, with Ojo Caliente still leading 9-7 going into half-time. Up until the end of the third chukka, the match appeared to be very much a two-man affair, Good vs Charlton, with Regal Warriors first evening the scoreboard 13-13 at the chukka end, then thanks to a two pointer from Charlton, jumping ahead to lead 15-14 at the beginning of the fourth. Raph Singh secured his first and most crucial goal of the Final, followed by a goal from son Hugo to put Regal Warriors ahead, 19-15. Despite a penalty one being awarded to Ojo Caliente in the final 10 seconds, it wasn’t enough to secure their earlier lead, and with the final whistle, Regal Warriors secured their third consecutive 12 Goal HPA National Club Championship title. Jonny Good was awarded The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player prize, whilst Twilight, owned and played by Max Charlton secured the Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug.
The 3 Goal HPA National Club Championship Final Teams:
Sladmore (3): Christabel Horswell (0), Genevieve Meadows (1) & Nell Jacob (2)
Hedonism Wines (3): Evgeny Chichvarkin (1), Charlotte Elliott (0) & Celio Garcera (2)
The 12 Goal HPA National Club Championship Final Teams:
Regal Warriors (12): Hugo Singh (1), Raph Singh (2) & Max Charlton (9)
Ojo Caliente (12): Ana Escobedo (1), James Mann (3) & Jonny Good (8)
 
Photograph: Sladmore and Regal Warriors fought tooth and nail to secure the 3 Goal and 12 Goal HPA National Club Championships respectably. By Cymon Skinner Photography
 

Follow Polotimes on Twitter
 

Other top stories


Mon 10th Dec 2018
125th Argentine Open Semi Final
Las Monjitas defeat Ellerstina in surprise victory to secure Final spot

Fri 7th Dec 2018
HPA Announce Flannels England Squad
Windsor Polo Club International Test Match

Thu 6th Dec 2018
II Women’s Argentine Open Championships
The tournament commences

Wed 5th Dec 2018
2019 Gauntlet of Polo
16 teams announced

Tue 4th Dec 2018
The 125th Argentine Open Continues
Play still underway in Buenos Aires

Mon 3rd Dec 2018
HPA National Club Championships
Arena season under way at RCBPC

Fri 30th Nov 2018
Flannels England Lose Out to India
12th Manipur Polo International

Mon 26th Nov 2018
Women’s Arena Polo Series
The Ladies Nations Cup marks the series beginning

Fri 23rd Nov 2018
Inaugural Gauntlet of Polo Series
USPA announces launch of new series in February 2019

Thu 22nd Nov 2018
Women’s Arena Polo Series
The Ladies Nations Cup marks the series beginning

Tue 20th Nov 2018
Guards Polo Club Appoints New Chairman
Brian Stein announced as ninth Chairman

Mon 19th Nov 2018
The 125th Argentine Open Begins
Rain Delays Start

Thu 15th Nov 2018
Argentine Open Rescheduled
Tournament will begin this Saturday

Wed 14th Nov 2018
Snow Polo World Cups
Who will come out on top at Kitzbühel and St. Moritz 2019?

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

Highlights

Latest Classified

Latest Classified

7.5t Renault Lorry Lovely drive (unrestricted), stalled for five plus tack area,...
 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
 Wallpapers

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