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End Of Season Report – 2006

Published in Navy Polo on 03 Dec 2006

The RN season started on Friday 21st April with a training session run by Sean Dayus, the new club professional at Tidworth. Attended by Richard Mason, Adrian Aplin, Nick Cooke-Priest, Arnie Lustman, Peter Meigh, Nick Phillips, Steve Spiller and Bob Santrian, it was an excellent session and we were fortunate that ship programmes allowed us to get some of the younger players to the event.

The following day was the first match of the season, the Admiral Kumar trophy against Eton. The RN team of Cooke-Priest, Lustman, Meigh and Basset faced a very well trained and mounted young squad from Eton who were the first to score in the closing moments of the first chukka. The second chukka was evenly matched with neither side finding the posts but, in the second half of the match, goals by Cooke-Priest and Basset were followed by 3 goals from Eton to leave them the winners by 4 – 2. Nevertheless, it was quite an encouraging start to the season for the RN and Basset played particularly well in his first match for the Navy.

The next RN fixture was on Saturday 20th May when the proposed Rundle Cup team of Aplin, Mason, Lustman and Cooke-Priest entered the Druids Lodge 2 goal tournament at Tidworth. Drawn against a strong Ridgebacks team, the RN had a slow start and were 3 goals down at the end of the 1st chukka. In the 2nd quarter the team rallied to play a much tighter game, stopping the Ridgebacks attacks and in the 3rd chukka the RN had the run of the play, scoring twice with fine goals from Mason and Aplin. The final chukka started at 3 – 2 but, despite a good penalty by Mason, the Ridgebacks also scored and the game ended 4 – 3. Despite this it was a promising showing by the RN who hoped to further improve the following day. Regrettably, awful weather resulted in the tournament being cancelled.

On Saturday 3rd June the RN weekend began with the Sacher Cup against Millfield. Having lost for the last 3 years, the RN represented by Aplin, Cooke-Priest, Lustman and Phillips knew the Millfield team would be well drilled and under handicapped. In the 1st chukka Millfield set the pace and the RN struggled to respond with the result that the chukka ended 2 – 0. Much improvement by the Navy in the 2nd chukka kept the score steady and the RN then dominated the 3rd with Aplin finding the posts. In the 4th Millfield managed to score and the game ended 3-1. Nevertheless, it was a promising performance and Nick Phillips (taking a break from his final year medic exams) did particularly well.

The following day, Sunday 4th June, was another gloriously sunny day. Colin McGregor and Robert Guy had organised a lunch for the supporters and it was lovely to see so many old friends at Tidworth. Following the excellent lunch, the RN played Taunton for the Kemble Salver but, regrettably were not to be successful. The Navy team of Mason, Aplin, Cooke-Priest and Lustman started well and, at the throw in, a good pass from Lustman to Aplin who then turned the ball beautifully to Mason resulted in a quick run down the field and an excellent goal. Taunton fought back and before the end of the 1st chukka they had been awarded a penalty from which they successfully scored. In the next 2 chukkas the RN again made some basic errors which resulted in Taunton scoring their second and third penalty goal (one in each chukka) but the RN also scored so at the start of the final chukka it was 3 – 2. The last chukka was fast and furious but despite several attacks by the Navy, both teams scored leaving the tally at 4 – 3 at the final whistle. Overall it was a disappointing performance for the Navy as, despite some instances of very good play, it was the basic errors in giving away fouls that lost the game.

Saturday 10th found the RN defending the Duke of York Cup. Represented by Aplin, Lustman, Cooke-Priest and Phillips, the Navy faced a very competent RAF side who had the advantage of _ goal on handicap. Starting in an unusual line up of Phillips at 1, Aplin at 2, Cooke-Priest at 3 and Lustman at 4, the RN made a very aggressive start and excellent team play had Phillips scoring the opening goal in the first 2 minutes. The RN maintained the pressure to dominate the chukka and Aplin scored the 2nd goal to leave the RN leading 2-_ at the end of the chukka. The 2nd chukka saw the RAF score but the Navy quickly retaliated with the score at 3-1_ at half time. Regrettably the 3rd chukka went awry for the RN and the RAF were able to score twice and so were leading 3_-3 at the beginning of the final quarter. The Navy worked hard, scoring a goal to regain the lead but the RAF found the posts just before the final whistle and so won the match 4_-4. Intensely disappointing as it is to lose to the RAF, it was nevertheless a good performance from the RN and Phillips, again, did particularly well.

The next fixture was on Friday 16 June when the RN played the 1st match of the IR. Always a difficult game to programme, this was the only day that all 4 players could get together before the deadline. Drawn against RMAS, a very capable 0 goal team playing on their home ground, the RN were quietly confident of a win although they knew it would be a hard match. Regrettably, the run of bad luck that seemed to have dominated the season continued and Aplin’s horse box broke down en-route to Sandhurst. Left with just 3 players, the RN had to concede the game, but played a friendly 3 a-side match against an RMAS side, led by Prince William, that now matched the RN handicap. The match started well with the RN scoring twice in the first chukka but Sandhurst came back in the 2nd to have the score level at half time. In the 3rd chukka some excellent play by the RN, particularly Cooke-Priest, had them scoring 3 goals, to lead 5-2 at the start of the final quarter. Regrettably the last chukka was poor and mistakes by the RN allowed RMAS to stage a recovery, leaving the score 5-5 at the final whistle. Nevertheless it was quite a good performance for the RN who played well for _ of the game.

The next match for the RN was on Saturday 8 July at the Annual CA tournament at Ascot Park. Represented by Cooke-Priest, Bowen, Lustman and Mason, the Navy were drawn against a strong CA team in the first round and, despite playing well with 2 excellent goals by Cooke-Priest, lost by 3-2_ in the final minutes. In the 2nd round the RN faced the RAF. Keen to redress the upset of the Duke of York loss, the Navy entirely dominated the match from the first throw in and very easily won by 6-_.

A blistering hot afternoon of Saturday 15th July found Aplin, Mason, Lustman and Cooke-Priest facing a 3 goal Army team for the Rundle Cup. The RN started well, attacking hard from the beginning and Cooke-Priest scored a truly magnificent goal, opening the Navy’s account.

However the Army steadily responded with 2 field goals and a penalty, putting the score at 2_-3 at the end of the first chukka. The 2nd chukka was hard fought and evenly matched and neither side scored, leaving the match 2_-3 at half time.

In the 3rd chukka superior Army horse power, specifically Prince Harry’s ponies, began to show and the Army scored 3 goals. But in the last 30 seconds a good attacking run by Lustman took the ball to the Army’s goal where Mason found the posts to leave the score at 6-3_ at the end of the chukka. The final chukka was exciting and hard fought but it was the Army that found the posts on 2 occasions, leaving the score 8-3_ at the final whistle. Despite the score, it was a well fought contest and the RN played very well against a strong and well mounted Army team.

The following weekend was the Captain and Subalterns tournament. The original line-up had Aplin leading a young team of Meigh, Phillips and Santrian but this had to change at short notice as events in Lebanon delayed ILLUSTRIOUS’s return to the UK. Consequently Lustman replaced Aplin. The first match found the RN facing one of 2 cavalry teams from Bovington. A strong, aggressive start by the Navy resulted in a good goal from Meigh, giving them the lead and they were unlucky not to score on 2 further occasions before the end of the chukka. In the 2nd chukka the RN kept up the pressure and scored twice more, a 2nd by Meigh and an excellent, controlled run by Phillips. At the final whistle the RN led by 3-_.
However after such good team play in the first match, the RN lost form in the 2nd. Facing a handy RAF side, the Navy had a muddled chukka which allowed the crabs to score twice. In the 2nd chukka the RN recovered slightly and were unlucky not to score on 2 occasions. However shortly before the final whistle the Navy were awarded a penalty which Lustman successfully converted. Regrettably the final score was 2_-1 to the RAF.

On the following day the RN faced the Royal Dragoon Guards who began with a 1_ goal lead on handicap. The Navy started quickly with 2 goals from Meigh and Lustman in the first chukka to take the lead but the RDG clawed back a goal to end the first quarter 2_-2. The 2nd chukka was evenly matched with a goal each and at _ time the RDG were holding onto the lead 3_-3. The 3rd chukka saw the RN pull ahead with 2 goals (Lustman and Meigh) and kept the Army on the defensive and this continued in the 4th chukka where another goal by Lustman had the RN victorious 6-3_ at the final whistle. All in all it was a good victory for a largely inexperienced Navy side, ending up 3rd out of 7 teams.

Regrettably the planned fixture against Lloyds was cancelled. After an absence of 2 years the RN team returned to Windsor for the Major Generals Cup on 11-13 August, slightly disappointed to find that they were one of only two military teams entered. The first match was against a well mounted local team, but an early goal from Aplin added to our handicap start to put as 1.5 goals ahead. However they came back at us hard and despite a good field goal by Richard Mason in the second chukka, half time saw the RN trailing 2.5 to 4. Rallying well after the break, Tim Brown (from the RAF) closed down the back door and started getting the ball through to our forwards. With Richard Mason working hard in the centre, Adrian Aplin and Nick Cooke-Priest combined well to generate an ever increasing number of runs to goal which gradually overwhelmed the opposition to achieve a good win 8.5-5. This gave us a chance to play for a place in the final on the Saturday, against the holders of the Cup. The team played well and fought hard in an often scrappy game with Aplin again scoring the first goal, but by half time we were losing 3-2.5. The second half was a real struggle in the face of some amazing horse power and although Nick Cooke-Priest played particularly well up front with a couple of incredible goals, the game progressively slipped away to finish a disappointing 8-4.5. Unfortunately, the deteriorating weather cheated us of the opportunity to play for 3rd and 4th place on the Sunday, with our game being rained off just before we were due to play.

The last RN fixture of the season was the Falkner Cup played on Sunday 3rd September at Taunton, which was preceded by an excellent lunch kindly hosted by the Aplins. TVPC always produce a good team and the RN, represented by Mason, Aplin, Lustman and Wilson, knew they would have to play well to avenge the defeat of the Kemble Salver. Starting with a _ goal advantage, the RN began well but Taunton were the first to score. However, a good run by Aplin towards the end of the first chukka allowed Mason to score in the resultant melee and the score was 1_-1 when the whistle blew. The 2nd chukka continued with both teams evenly matched but, again, it was Taunton who scored giving them a _ goal lead at half time. In the 3rd chukka Aplin found the posts but Taunton again retaliated still holding the lead at the end of the chukka.

In the final chukka the RN played hard to keep attacking Taunton’s goal and were unlucky not to score on 2 occasions (a very good run down the pitch by Lustman and an excellent lofted 60 yd penalty by Mason that just went wide). However their tenacity was rewarded with a goal by Aplin and, although Taunton managed to quickly score a penalty in return, a truly excellent nearside shot by Mason gave the RN the lead which they managed to defend until the final whistle.
The victory was particularly pleasing as it was a very good team effort (especially by Allan Wilson just back from sea) that allowed the RN to overcome an arguably stronger team. In a season where the Navy has not found its form it was especially good to end on a win.

Whilst 2006 will not be remembered as our most successful season in respect of trophies, the RN still fields a squad of 16 regular players and, despite ship’s programmes, managed to have 11 representing the Navy in various tournaments during the year. Perhaps most importantly, we are still introducing new people to the sport and it was good to see Giles Hadland and Victoria Allan showing early potential. We are fortunate to have a promising group of young players gaining experience, as evidenced in the Captain’s and Subaltern’s tournament and our primary aim remains the desire to bring on the next generation of Navy players. This year the Neville Trophy for the most improved young player was very deservedly awarded to Nick Phillips who made great strides during the season – while managing to pass his final year medical exams! As ever, our thanks go to DNPTS for their continued support and, of course, to John Wright and everyone at Tidworth Polo Club.


August Fixtures 2006

Published in Army Polo on 05 Aug 2006

The Hackett Army Polo Team competed in the Major General’s Cup at Guards Polo Club on August 11, 12 and 13.

They booked their place in the final, which was played in a thunderstorm, but lost in the fifth chukka to Bon Coeur by seven goals to six.

The Hackett Army Polo Team was made up of Lt Col Johnny Wheeler -1, Major Crispin Lockhart 0, Lt Jack Mann 2, and Ct Harry Wales 1.

A team mostly made up of Bovington players was invited to play at Watership Down but again the weather intervened which meant the match took place in the arena. Although they lost 6-5, Johnny Wheeler, Graeme Craig, Quentin Hicks and Harry Wales were well entertained and looked after.

The Senior Army Team played a MacMillan Cancer Exhibition Match at Orchard Polo Club in Dorset on Saturday August 26. In front of a crowd of some 800 people they faced up to professional polo players from Longdole Polo Club in Gloucestershire (the Cudmore/Hanbury families).

It was a close and exciting match that thrilled the crowd. The Army side were pipped to the post in the final chukka with the score at four and a half goals to four. The team were Capt Tim Verdon 2, Lt Jack Mann 2, Maj Nick Hunter 2 and Capt Mark Dollar 2.


Thomas Crown Captains & Subalterns Tournament

Published in Army Polo on 23 Jul 2006

EIGHT teams battled it out for honours over two exciting days of competition at Tidworth Polo Club.

The Thomas Crown Captains & Subalterns Polo Tournament was played at Tidworth Polo Club over the July 22 and 23 weekend.

Eight teams from throughout all three services played the two days with a mixed range of talent on display – mostly beginners. They included the RAF, Royal Navy, AGC, Royal Dragoon Guards, RMAS, RLC and two teams from Bovington.

The tournament had two seedings which culminated in the finals’ day in front of some 700 spectators. Tidworth’s excellent Fisher Ground, having absorbed the rain from the previous day’s huge thunderstorm, played superbly well.

Sponsors Thomas Crown attracted a knowledgable crowd from the west of England who enjoyed the spectacle in brilliant sunshine.

For the first time in many years the RAF beat a powerful Bovington team who were plagued by injury in the first chukka. The RAF team, who had come from all four corners of the British Isles, put on a fine display and were worthy winners at seven goals to four.

In the subsidary final, the Bovington second team repeated their success of last year – despite the best intentions of a young and raw Sandhurst team. They ran out victors with the final score 8-2.

“The weekend attracted a large crowd for the APOLOA sponsored drinks party which, for the second year running, was in the rain at the Tidworth clubhouse,” said Lt Col Simon Ledger, Chairman of the Army Polo Association.

“Thanks are due to our sponsor Jeremy Gower and his company Thomas Crown, and all their guests, as well as to Brigadier John Wright and his team at Tidworth for the marvellous facilities provided.

“One team who deserve a special mention were the Royal Dragoon Guards who had come over all the way from Germany and were unlucky not to get in the money.”


Berenberg Bank United Services Cup & Hackett Inter-regimental Final

Published in News on 16 Jul 2006

TWO finals, one venue, made for an exciting climax to the Chapple Cup Series and the oldest tournament in polo.

The Berenberg Bank United Services Cup and the Hackett Inter-Regimental Final were held at Guards on July 16.

The US Cup was the third and final game in the Chapple Cup Series between the CSPA and a touring team from South Africa. Already two nil down in the Series the visitors were looking to grab some kind of consolation.

But as the form book suggested, it wasn’t to be and the CSPA completed their white-wash of the touring side.

It was a close game, as reflected in the final seven to five score-line, but the better teamwork gave the experienced CSPA ‘old’ boys the edge.

Forty year-old Mark Cann was in fine form hitting three goals, including a 40-yard back-hander from an acute angle.

Campbell McNab was on top of his game for South Africa and his team played increasingly well as the series progressed.

Mark Cann, Director of the CSPA, said: “It was good to have the South Africans over as a reciprocal tour for our visit there two years ago. They had a ball, and I hope this is the beginning of a fruitful relationship.”

The Hackett Inter-Regimental Final had the King’s Royal Hussars up against the Household Cavalry, in what promised to be one of the closest matches for years.
Though there was a very good high standard of polo – deserving of the oldest cup in polo – it proved to be a walk-over for the Household Cavalry.

Lt Vestey was sublime in his last match for the Regiment, revelling in the space created by Ct Wales for him. The final score – nine goals to three.

The Jack Pringle Cup, awarded to the player who the best to his handicap, went to Lt Lorian McCullem who had a wonderful match for the Household Cavalry.


Hackett Rundle Cup Day

Published in News on 15 Jul 2006

A QUINTESSENTIALLY British military day out is how best to describe the spectacular success of the Hackett Rundle Cup Day.

A quintessentially British military day out – and a spectacular success – is how best to describe the Hackett Rundle Cup Day at Tidworth Polo Club on July 15.

An estimated 7,000 people basked in the glorious sunshine, with music from The Band of the Royal Marines, to witness two very exciting matches.

The ICOA Trophy, sponsored by BAE, was round two in the Chapple Cup series with the South Africa side looking to level the scores having lost the opening game at RMA Sandhurst two days earlier..

In fact, they did take an early lead and maintained that level of performance throughout. However, the CSPA, playing strongly as a team, had the scoreline all square at the start of the final chukka and then romped away with it for an eight goals to four and a half victory.

In the Hackett Rundle Cup itself the Army and Royal Navy battled it out for the honours – in a much better game than most pundits had predicted.

The Navy got off to a good start, faithful to their strategy of holding the Army as long as possible. But with the strength of Ct Wales and Maj Hunter in particular, the Army side just grew in confidence and gradually tightened their grip on the game. It was close up to the final chukka but the team in red scored more and more to finish the match seven goals to four and a half – another triumph for the Army.

Capt Hayman Joyce made an excellent contribution for the winners while the Navy’s Capt Mason was, as ever, reliable at the back and a playmaker going forward.

The Best Playing Pony award went, as it did at Sandhurst two days earlier, to Ct Wales’ horse. The award was sponsored and presented by ESS Support Services Worldwide.

And during the prize-giving, the PQ Saddle – awarded to a member of the Combined Services who has significantly contributed to the work of the CSPA – went to Capt Mark Dollar, retiring Secretary of the Army Polo Association.

Events at Tidworth had begun with the Jockeys versus Eventers clash in aid of the charity Inspire. The Eventers were led by Clayton Fredericks who co-ordinated the activities of Zara Phillips and Rodney Powell very well against the valiant efforts of the Jockeys led by Richard Johnson.

 


Rma Sandhurst Charity Polo Day

Published in News on 13 Jul 2006

OUTSTANDING polo crowned a wonderful day at RMAS which raised £80,000 for Service charities and military polo.

Blessed by the sun, and some exceptional polo, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Charity Polo Day on July 13 proved hugely successful.

Not only were events on the field a real crowd-pleaser but the organisation and sponsorship behind the day raised some £80,000 for Service charities and military polo.

The first match of the Sandhurst Charity Polo Day was the Sudan Cup – round one of the three-match Chapple Cup series fought between the CSPA and a touring team, who this year, were from South Africa.

The home side, with Lt Ben Vestey at the helm, proved just too strong for the visitors in their first match on strange horses.

The CSPA ran out comfortable winners by eight goals to three and a half, although it was a good flowing game with solid performances on both sides.

Next up was the Sandhurst Cup which saw the CSPA Invitational Team go head-to-head with the Commandant’s Team. This was a terrific match – probably the best of its kind since its inception nine years ago, with the spectators treated to some outstanding polo.

American two-goaler Phil Heatley made a welcome return for the Invitational side and although he hasn’t been playing as much as he used it wasn’t difficult to see how this strong and talented player has won the US Open.

Both teams were evenly matched with the Chilean brothers Jose and Gabrielle Donoso – one on either side – controlling the play from the back. Their team-mates were inspired and each of them raised their game, playing above their handicap.
The Invitationals established an early lead in the first chukka which was whittled away over the course of the match.

Come the fifth, with 30 seconds left on the clock the Commandant’s Team converted a penalty to take a 5-4 lead. But there was more drama to come as, in the dying seconds, the Invitational team were awarded a spot penalty which was struck home to secure a 5-5 draw.

There was an outstanding performance from Chris Gannon and eye-catching stuff too from Ct Wales and John Goodman. O/Cdt Wales had a tight start but relaxed into the game and scored a great goal.

The final action of the day saw Hursley Pony Club hand out a polo lesson to the gallant RMAS team in a nine goals to four and a half drubbing. George MacIntosh in particular was in excellent form and showed plenty of skill with his very long drives.
However, two players from the home-side who deserve a special mention are Officer Cadets Matthew Blakiston and George Arbuthnott. They made a valiant attempt to overcome the fluency and teamwork of the Hursley play and showed real potential for the future.


Teams For July Fixtures 2006

Published in Army Polo on 11 Jul 2006

THE team line-ups for the CSPA’s prestigious fixtures at Sandhurst, Tidworth and Guards have been released.

TEAMS FOR CSPA FIXTURES JULY 2006
THE following have been selected by Chairman CSPA to play in the fixtures listed below. Players are reminded that this is a selection for the Combined Services and should be regarded as such when prioritising other commitments. Any player unable to fulfil his/her selection should notify Mark Cann on 07802 815 294.

DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE GAMES AND THAT SOME OF THE GAMES ARE ON THE SAME DAY IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ALL MATCHES START ON TIME. ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME. NO ONE WILL BE THANKED FOR ALLOWING THE MATCH TO START WITH A PLAYER SHORT. INDEED THEY WILL BE FINED.

 


Tour To Chile – June 2006

Published in Army Polo on 30 Jun 2006

MAINTAINING a long standing relationship with the Escuela de Caballeria, Armoured Cavalry School at Quillota, two members of the APOLOA took on the Chilean Army Team for two friendly matches in June.

Although very late in the polo season for Chile, the School keep their horses in for most of the year and were able to equip Lt Col Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal) and Major Charlie Valdes-Scott (-2 goal) with some excellent ponies as well as supply a third team member for the two 3-aside matches.

The first of the two matches was played in the afternoon of arriving, with no time spent to evaluate the opposition off the pitch. It didn’t take long to realise that this was more than just a friendly to the Chileans who had the professional Chilean civilian team coach playing, Sam Renato Rider, who they were keen to impress.

Captain Alfonso Anguita proved himself very talented scoring an impressive eightgoals and emphasising the need for good marking, once loose he was able to shoot and score from the throw in. The first match ended in a sound victory to the Chileans of 14-6.

After a serious British team talk over some generous host nation hospitality in the splendid Officers’ Casino (Mess), the British felt they were ready for some retribution the following day. In an effort to even out the score Captain Alejandro Martin (0 goal) was loaned to the British side for the second match.

Despite his reputation for a strong right arm and some defiant play from the Captain with some inspired runs, the team was still unable to dampen the frenzied attack by the opposition. The British, once again, had to concede to being able to only dent the armour of the Chilean Cavalry School losing some 11-5.

The Armoured Cavalry School is located in Quillota a one hour drive north of Santiago and has a fabulous Officers’ Mess right at the heart of the school. The last tour made by a British team was in 1987 and, determined to put up a better fight for the future, this year’s visit has been instrumental in hoping to establish a slot on their fixtures list in a return trip in 2007.

Match 1:
British Team:
1. Major Charles Valdes-Scott (-2 goal)
2. Teniente Gonzalo Gutierrez (0 goal)
3. Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal)

Chilean Team:
1. Senor Sam Renato Rider (1 goal)
2. Captain Alfonso Anguita (3 goal)
3. Captain Miguel Kratsnoff (1 goal)

Match 2:
British Team:
1. Major Charles Valdes-Scott (-2 goal)
2. Captain Alejandro Martin (1 goal)
3. Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal)

Chilean Team:
1. Senor Sam Renato Rider (1 goal)
2. Teniente Felipe Martinez (1 goal)
3. Captain Miguel Kratsnoff (1 goal)


APOLOA & The Chilean Army

Published in News on 28 Jun 2006

TWO members of the APOLOA took on the Chilean Army Team for two friendly matches in June.

MAINTAINING a long standing relationship with the Escuela de Caballeria, Armoured Cavalry School at Quillota, two members of the APOLOA took on the Chilean Army Team for two friendly matches in June.

Although very late in the polo season for Chile, the School keep their horses in for most of the year and were able to equip Lt Col Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal) and Major Charlie Valdes-Scott (-2 goal) with some excellent ponies as well as supply a third team member for the two 3-aside matches.

The first of the two matches was played in the afternoon of arriving, with no time spent to evaluate the opposition off the pitch. It didn’t take long to realise that this was more than just a friendly to the Chileans who had the professional Chilean civilian team coach playing, Sam Renato Rider, who they were keen to impress.

Captain Alfonso Anguita proved himself very talented scoring an impressive eightgoals and emphasising the need for good marking, once loose he was able to shoot and score from the throw in. The first match ended in a sound victory to the Chileans of 14-6.

After a serious British team talk over some generous host nation hospitality in the splendid Officers’ Casino (Mess), the British felt they were ready for some retribution the following day. In an effort to even out the score Captain Alejandro Martin (0 goal) was loaned to the British side for the second match.

Despite his reputation for a strong right arm and some defiant play from the Captain with some inspired runs, the team was still unable to dampen the frenzied attack by the opposition. The British, once again, had to concede to being able to only dent the armour of the Chilean Cavalry School losing some 11-5.

The Armoured Cavalry School is located in Quillota a one hour drive north of Santiago and has a fabulous Officers’ Mess right at the heart of the school. The last tour made by a British team was in 1987 and, determined to put up a better fight for the future, this year’s visit has been instrumental in hoping to establish a slot on their fixtures list in a return trip in 2007.

Match 1:
British Team:
1. Major Charles Valdes-Scott (-2 goal)
2. Teniente Gonzalo Gutierrez (0 goal)
3. Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal)

Chilean Team:
1. Senor Sam Renato Rider (1 goal)
2. Captain Alfonso Anguita (3 goal)
3. Captain Miguel Kratsnoff (1 goal)

Match 2:
British Team:
1. Major Charles Valdes-Scott (-2 goal)
2. Captain Alejandro Martin (1 goal)
3. Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal)

Chilean Team:
1. Senor Sam Renato Rider (1 goal)
2. Teniente Felipe Martinez (1 goal)
3. Captain Miguel Kratsnoff (1 goal)


Inter-regimental Draw 2006

Published in News on 01 Jun 2006

THE draw for the 2006 Inter-regimental Tournament has taken place and the team line-ups unveiled.

NEWS FROM THE CSPA

INTER-REGIMENTAL POLO TOURNAMENT DRAW 2006

NEWS FROM THE CSPA

INTER-REGIMENTAL POLO TOURNAMENT DRAW 2006