The Cheltenham Cup FinalGiven the recent heavy rainfall creating unfaithful ground conditions the Cheltenham Cup final got off to a slow start with no goals being scored in the first chukka as players from both teams were playing cautiously. The game didn’t continue as it started though and from the second chukka onwards, both teams were level pegging, desperate for a win. Foxcote were the first to be awarded a penalty, and with Jacinto Crotto on board they were set off the mark, 1 – 0. Tayto managed to grab a hold of the ball from the line out but Tom Beim was there to increase Foxcote’s lead to 2 – 0 by running ¾ of the field to score another. Tayto were on the comeback and Stephen Hutchinson skilfully passed around Jacinto to score with a great neck shot, 2 – 1. Soon before half time, Tayto were still in control and Mikey Henderson scored another quick goal just before the second bell to leave the teams level, 2 – 2.Despite the gale force winds and heavy rainfall, it was a fantastic game of 12 goal polo. Click here for a full match report.
The Kingscote Cup FinalIn pouring rain and extremely trying conditions, Senzaltro held their cool and came out victorious, beating Tayto 4 – 3 to take the Kingscote Cup Victor Ludorum 6 Goal. Reaching the final was a feat in itself with 12 of the country’s best 6 goal teams battling hard throughout the league stages with countless extra chukka games and many close score-lines. The semi-finals also experienced the lack of Indian Summer weather out on Aston Down, with both finalists winning their place in the final by just one goal in extra time.The heavens opened above Ivy Lodge just on cue for the 3pm start of The Kingscote Cup Final, but with thunder to boot the show went on and those who braved the weather were not disappointed.Max Hutchinson won Most Valuable Player and Maizdulce went on to beat Sefton Lodge Racing to take the subsidiary Vale Bowl. Earlier in the day Los Chinos beat Noon Giraffe to claim the Owl Trophy.For a full match report on The Kingscote Cup Final, click here.
The Academy Tournament sponsored by Lipogems EquineCongratulations to Hascombe Stud who beat Bluestone Insurance in the last academy tournament of the 2017 season, winning 9 - 4. Yet again, the popularity of academy tournaments are growing rapidly and the six teams did not disappoint us with some fantastic and high-scoring matches last Saturday and Sunday. Our 2017 academy tournaments have been a great success, and we hope to see more teams and new members having a go next season!
End of Season AwardsSocial, Playing and Academy Members if you have not done so already, please use the link below to send your nominations for 'Best Playing Pony of The Season' and 'Best Playing Pony Long Service Award'.*Please do not vote for yourself or more than once**Please include the name of the pony and the owner*
John Tylor As I'm sure many of you already know, John Tylor very sadly died suddenly on Saturday 9th September. A former 3 goal player, who won the Royal Windsor, Junior County Cup, Holden White and County Cup throughout his polo career. He was Chairman of both Kirtlington Park Polo Club for a number of years and the HPA between 1991 and 1995. He was also a current member of the International Committee. He was awarded the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. A memorial service for John will be held at 2pm on Friday 22 September in St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 3HF.We are currently trying to rearrange the Cirencester games which clash with memorial.
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This Weekend at CirencesterWe are looking forward to more Gouldsmith Bowl and Associates Trophy league games this weekend, we hope you will join us.Friday 15th September17.30 Lodge Service V Los Chinos in The Gouldsmith Bowl on Coombe FarmSaturday 16th September12.00 Poulton V Noon Giraffe in The Associates Trophy on Soushi13.15 Syreford Yellow V Smart Clinic in The Associates Trophy on Soushi14.30 Inglesham Polo Centre V Longdole in The Associates Trophy on Peddington15.45 Silvertown Properties V Lodge Service in The Associates Trophy on Peddington Sunday 17th September10.00 Ingslesham V Smart Clinic in The Associates Trophy on Meadow11.00 Blenheim/Syreford V Poulton in The Associates Trophy on Meadow15.00 Syreford Yellow V Longdole in The Associates Trophy on Ivy Lodge16.30 Noon Giraffe V Lodge Service in The Associates Trophy on Ivy LodgeMonday 18th September15.30 Noon Giraffe V Senzaltro/Limitless in The Gouldsmith Bowl on TBC17.00 Hascombe Stud V Silvertown Properties in The Associates Trophy on TBCMatch details are subject to change. For the most up-to-date games and grounds information and all team players, please see the Polo This Weeksection on the website through the link below or the answer phone message on option 6.