Tuesday September 17, 2019
Polo News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a fantastic summer of polo the RA Pony Club has had, with teams playing across 4 divisions. To follow is a short round-up of the results the Pony Club Polo Championships 2019 at Cowdray. To cap it all the RA were also awarded the Stable Management Prize for the second year in a row.
Loriner/Rendell (14-18 years old single pony)
The RA Loriner/Rendell team had an enjoyable and successful run up to the 2019 Pony Club Polo Championships winning most of their matches. The first day of the Championships saw a couple of tough games, leaving everything to play for in the final. in order to win overall, the Team had to beat or at least draw against the Heythrop and keep up the winning run against the Poole and District who were valiant competitors. The team performed and deployed tactics of trying to contain the opposite number 4 of the Heythrop who was particularly handy. The RA managed to score then just hold off the Heythrop at the death. The result against the Poole & District was more of a certainty at 2 nil. Well done Team as winners of The Loriners Challenge Trophy!

Surtees (Under 14 on polo ponies)

Dan, Kate, and George welcomed new team member Max to the RA Surtees Team this year. The team played like demons in their qualifiers to win a place in the 1st division for the Championships, and won the Ledner Trophy at the Cowdray Championships for the highest ranked all-branch team.

The season got off to a brilliant start at the Cirencester qualifiers with the RA Surtees Team drawing in all their first round matches which inevitably came down to rundowns. The Team won one and lost one, and so did all the other teams in their section, which resulted in a penalty shootout. We were playing for 5th/6th, which we won on another rundown. Black Bears and Hurtwood both having a great days’ play by the RA and not a rundown in sight! Fantastic goals being scored by the RA Team.

Off to a very windy Cowdray for the finals where the RA Team not only battled the wind and rain but were drawn against very good teams, Dan, Kate, George and Max worked extremely hard and again we had a great day’s play by the RA and some fantastic runs to brilliant goals being scored. An exhausted Team and at time for prize giving we came an overall fifth and a huge cheer for the RA Team! However, the icing on the cake was being awarded the Ledner Trophy, very well deserved and presented to Elspeth Talbot-Rice on behalf of the RA Surtees Team.

Sadly, next year we will say goodbye to Dan, Kate and George who will all hopefully move to Loriner, Dan Kate and George wish Max good luck for next year in Surtees.

Handley Cross (under 14 on multi-disciplinary ponies)
The RA Handley Cross team took the pony club polo season by storm, playing well in all qualifiers and ultimately winning a coveted place in the final against the Old Surrey & Burstow. The second Chukka of the final was played on the immaculate Lawns II at Cowdray Park Polo Club. Whilst the OS&B played some sensational polo to steal the championship title from the RA, Kate, Rosie, Scarlett (W Hants) and Bruno (Warwickshire) had some fantastic, fast runs to goal and always got back in defence. They thoroughly deserved being crowned 2nd best team in the country.
Jorrocks
The novice RA Jorrocks team that started this 2019 PC Polo season certainly ended it as fully fledged polo players. Improving with every game, the team ended up an organised attacking and defending outfit with clean distance hitting and speedy hooking. Playing on both sides of their ponies they showed an understanding of the line of the ball and use of all the shots. Finishing a creditable 3rd in their section at the Championships with plenty of goals to their names, we have an exciting future ahead for RA PC polo with this team.
#GoRApolo!

 

 


The second round of PC polo qualifiers took place yesterday at Cirencester. The Handley Cross team of Kate, Scarlet, Rosie and Bruno won their section. Great play by all and looking stronger and stronger with each match.

Loriner/ Rendell team once again won their section and are now playing really well as a team.

Surtees team on their first outing together drew in all their first round matches so it came down to rundowns. They won one and lost one, and so did all the other teams in their section! So they then had a penalty shoot out and another run down playing for 5th/6th, which they won.

Pictures are the winning HX team and George in the Surtees team on a run to goal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Great day at the first PC Polo qualifier at Longdole today for the RA junior teams. The HX Team of Kate, Rosie and Scarlet joined by new team member Bruno, came 2nd in their division, and the Jorrocks team of William, Jack, Henry and Mati (who had kindly stepped in for this tournament and played phenomenally) won their division.

 

 


The RA PC polo teams were out in force today at Longdole polo for their highly enjoyable junior tournament. 
The RA Handley Cross team put in a stellar performance across 3 chukkas to win their section in flying form.
 
The RA Jorrocks, whilst claiming a large share of ball possession struggled to convert against a strong Cotswolds team who played a consistent attacking game. However, the RA showed lots of good plays and tackling and well done to both Amelia Floyd and Daisy Bilderbeck, playing their first ever tournament.