COWDRAY Park Polo Club’s busy programme continues with 13 matches having taken place over last weekend. Two tournaments reached their conclusions with the Finals of the Cicero and Jackson-Stops Jubilee Cups.
Simon Arber’s Four Quarters Orange and Guy Schwarzenbach’s Black Bears made it to the Final of the 15 goal Cicero Cup. Playing alongside Simon Arber were Jonny Good (4 goals) at number 2, Benjamin Urqiuza (5 goals) at 3 and Malcolm Borwick (6 goals) at Back. Black Bears’ 1 goal patron played at number 2, with James Lester (3 goals) at 2, Maz Charlton (7 goals) at 3 and Juan Cruz Merlos (4 goals) at Back.
.The final chukka was a fight to the end. With Lester on the ball, Four Quarters Orange fouled and a spot penalty went to Black Bears. Merlos sent the ball forward and Lester made a super under-the- neck shot to goal, reducing Four Quarters Orange’s lead to 7-6.
The ball went in again and Charlton and Merlos kept up the pressure until the whistle was blown for a foul and Merlos equalized with a 30 yard penalty. Charlton won the ball from the throw-in and suddenly Lester was on the move and held onto the ball all the way to the goal giving Black Bears the lead.
Borwick won the ball from the next throw-in but good defensive play by Charlton sent it out to the boards. Back came Good for Four Quarters but the ball was saved by Schwarzenbach. Black Bears managed to prevent Four Quarters scoring in the remaining minute to hold on to their 8-7 lead and victory.
Lila Pearson presented the Cicero Cup to Guy Schwarzenback and prizes to both teams. The Best Playing Pony award went to Jess, owned by Sue McIntyre and played by James Lester.
The 6 goal Jackson Stops Jubilee Cup had an entry of nine teams with Alcedo and Sea Breeze facing each other in the Final. Playing for Andrew Swaffield in the Alcedo team were Luca Zindel (0), Nick Clague (2 goals) at 3 and the experienced Bauti Sorsana (5 goals) at Back. Will Harper replaced Wilf Fine at 1 for Sea Breeze with 4 goalers Martin Podesta and Nick Pepper in the centre and Ray Fine at Back. Victory was sealed for Sea Breeze with at 8-5.
Nick Ferrier, Director of Jackson Stops’ Midhurst Office, presented the Cup to Ray Fine and prizes to the players. The Best Playing Pony was judged to be Sombrero, owned by Clare Milford Haven and played by Bautista Sorsana.