Archives from 2012

Inter-regimental Final

Published in Cups on 28 Nov 2012

THE Inter-Regimental competition is one of the oldest polo tournaments in the world. It was cavalry regiments, based at the cavalry school at Netheravon (six miles west of Tidworth in Wiltshire), who played polo when it was first introduced to this country in 1871. In those days the grounds were rough and uneven, unlike the beautiful lawns Tidworth has today. In 1922 a concerted effort was made to provide proper playing fields within the grounds of the Tedworth House Estate in Tidworth. The Brigade Commander of the day, Brigadier Bertie Fisher, with the help of the 12th Royal Lancers, 14th/20th King’s Hussars, 15th/19th King’s Royal Hussars and the 17th/21st Lancers built the main polo ground. 

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Rundle Cup

Published in Cups on 28 Nov 2012

THE annual Navy and Army Cup was first played in Malta in 1909. It was instigated by Sir Leslie Rundle, Governor of Malta, and supported by the then Prince George of Wales, later to become King George VI. The Royal Navy won the first cup and the Army won the last time the match was played in Malta back in 1966. The Navy won the first recorded match in the UK in 1976; the team thenincluded Lt HRH The Prince of Wales. Outstanding scores include a hat-trick by the Navy in 1994–96, but the honours are now about even.

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Chapple Cup

Published in Cups on 28 Nov 2012

EVERY year the CSPA competes in a three-match test series for the Chapple Cup usually against a touring overseas team, including the USA, Pakistan and AbuDhabi. The first game is for the Sudan Cup at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the second for the Indian Cavalry Officers’ Association Trophy at Tidworth Polo Club and the final match for theUnited Services Cup at Guards Polo Club. Two points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw. In the event of a tie, the last match will decide the result. The Chapple Cup was first awarded in 1998 in recognition of Field Marshal Sir John Chapple’s contribution to Services’ Polo as the CSPA President.

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United Services Cup

Published in Cups on 28 Nov 2012

THIS cup has been around since 1906 although nobody is quite sure what it was originally presented for. In recent years it was given to the winner of the final played between Inter-Regimental Germany and Inter-Regimental UK. When this ceased to exist – after the Inter-Regimental Germany died out – the United Services Cup was re-designated as the first trophy of the Chapple Cup Series (played between the CSPA and the annual visiting touring team). As a matter of interest this is the CSPA’s most valuable cup and, if you look carefully, this most beautiful rosebowl is almost identical to the cup given to the winner of the men’s Australian Tennis Open.

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Indian Cavalry Officers Association Trophy

Published in Cups on 28 Nov 2012

IN 1988, at their annual dinner at the Cavalry and Guards Club, a silver statuette of a mounted Indian Cavalryman was presented by the Indian Cavalry Officers’ Association to guest of honour Lieutenant Colonel S. Jameson, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, chairman of Tidworth Polo Club. It was agreed that this trophy would be contested each year on Rundle Cup at Tidworth by a visiting international team against a Combined Services Polo Association team.

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Captains And Subalterns Cup

Published in Cups on 28 Nov 2012

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Aldershot Cup

Published in Cups on 28 Nov 2012

The Aldershot Cup is at Tidworth Polo Club on loan from CSPA and is used for internal Club Tournaments.


Pq Saddle

Published in Cups on 28 Nov 2012

THE much-coveted PQ Saddle award. It is presented to a member of the Combined Services who has significantly contributed to the work of the CSPA.

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Pringle Trophy

Published in Cups on 28 Nov 2012

THE Pringle Trophy is awarded to the player from either team in the Inter-Regimental Final who plays best to his handicap. It is named after Major Jack Pringle 8th KRIH and IH in recognition of his great contribution to Army polo, in particular for encouraging young players into the sport.

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Captains & Subalterns Tournament 2012

Published in News on 29 Jul 2012

The Captains Subalterns Cup is the second oldest polo cup in the world having first been instituted by The 9/12th Lancers playing at Hounslow in 1896. (Incidentally, the oldest polo cup is the Inter Regimental, instituted in 1878 and won by QRL in 2012 on the 22 July). The 17/21st Lancers dominated the Captains/Subalterns from 1924 to 1930 and then not again until 1992. The 9th Lancers and the Household Cavalry featured predominantly on the cup in between these dates with teams such as the Gunners and Light Dragoons occasionally claiming the Cup.

On the 27th of July this year the first QRL fully-serving Captains / Subalterns team met at Tidworth Polo club for the first time since 1992 for a crash course in polo techniques and tactics. The team was Lt Ed Faulkner, playing a -2 handicap in position 3, Lt Arthur Purbrick (Team Capt.), playing a -1 handicap in position 4, 2Lt Jimmy Wilcox, playing a -2 handicap in position 1, 2Lt Charles Gray, playing a -2 handicap in position 2 and Lt Harry Hurrell playing a -2 handicap in position 2.

The first match took place on the 28th of July – the first day of the London Olympics (polo was last an olympic sport in the 1936 Berlin Games) – at Tidworth Polo Club versus the HAC team.

The match was well played and had some fast and furious chukkas. The score alternated between the two teams to the fourth chukka which saw the score at 6 to 4 and 1/2 to HAC. A final and well deserved goal scored by the HAC saw the score at 6 to 5 and 1/2 a mere 2 minutes before the final bell! QRL took the defensive and the hotly contested match concluded in QRL’s favour. Sunday the 29th saw QRL in the Divisional Finals playing the Royal Artillery Team Red.

Despite second day nerves, the pressure of the crowd and a little ‘hydration’ from the prolific Pimms, QRL swept up the day with a score of 9 goals to 2 making QRL the Divisional Champions of the Captains / Subalterns match 2012.

For some of the players, it was their first match ever and others, their first time in new positions, first time in years etc. For a team that went to Tidworth to ‘participate’, the play was of a extraordinarily high standard and more importantly, of a typically Lancer attitude with no appealing, no vulgarity and no foul play. All players played politely and with panache.

Well done especially to Harry and Charlie, their first matches ever; Jimmy for scoring far more goals than his -2 handicap belied; Ed for his commitment as a left handed player taking extra lessons and especially to him and Col Robin Faulkner and Zillah for hosting the team over the weekend.

Arthur Purbrick