On Saturday 20th August the Gel-Eze Midsummer 12 goal tournament came to its conclusion with Gardenvale facing BHC in the Final. Playing alongside Shane Finemore in his Gardenvale team were James Harper (6 goals), England captain James Beim (7 goals) and Hugo Taylor (0 goals). Mo Sheikh’s BHC team featured Ralph Richardson (2 goals) playing at number 2, Dirkie Van Reenen (4 goals) at 3 and 6 goaler Jack Richardson (6 goals) at Back.
Ralph Richardson scored the opening goal for BHC with James Harper for Gardenvale soon equalising. A spot penalty taken by Harper gave Gardenvale the lead and a goal from Hugo Taylor took the team further ahead to 3-1 by the end of the first chukka. A splendid run all the way to the goal saw Jack Richardson score a super goal for BHC to narrow the gap, but Beim scored again to keep Gardenvale in the lead 4-2 at half time.
A lively second half saw Hugo Taylor score his second goal of the match to take Gardenvale further ahead, but a penalty enabled BHC’s Jack Richardson to send the ball straight through the posts from 40 yards and lessen the gap. Another attempt at goal went wide but Van Reenen for BHC captured the ball from the hit-in and a lovely piece of play between him and Jack Richardson saw another goal for Mo Sheikh’s side. Harper and Beim tried to shut down the BHC attack but Jack Richardson managed to break free and steal the ball, his pass to Ralph resulting in the goal which levelled the scores at 5-5.
The all-action fourth chukka saw Van Reenen working all over the field and deservedly scoring the goal which took BHC into the lead on 6-5. Gardenvale won the ball from the throw-in, Taylor leaving the ball for Beim who raced towards the goal, but his shot was blocked by Jack Richardson. The whistle signalled an undefended shot at goal which was taken by Beim and once more the scores were even. With the fourth chukka ending on 6-6, play went into extra time. The throw-in saw Harper come away with the ball, but, hassled by Van Reenan, it went out over the boards. When the ball was rolled in Ralph Richardson was straight onto it and gave Van Reenan the chance to score the goal which gave victory to Mo Sheikh at 7-6.
The cup and prizes were presented by Stephen Biddlecombe of Equine Management Ltd, owners of Gel-Eze. The award for Best Playing Pony went to Sapphire owned and ridden by Jack Richardson. Dirkie Van Reenan was awarded the prize for Most Valuable Player and was delighted to receive a gift of leather polo boots from Stephen Biddlecombe.
The 8 goal Owen Kenny Brecknock Cup was entered by five teams with Maiz Dulce and The Import House making it through to the Final on Sunday 21st August. With Peter Barfoot still hospitalized through injury, his team comprised Marcus Cork at number 1, Matt Pits at 2, Terence Lent at 3 and 5 goaler Glenn Sherriff taking Peter’s usual position at Back. Justin MacRae’s Import House team comprised Tom Townsend (0 goals) at 2, George Meyrick (6 goals) at 3, Alan Kent (2 goals) at Back with the Patron in the number 1 position.
Maiz Dulce won the first throw-in and in less than 30 seconds Matt Pitts lofted a massive shot through the posts for 1-0. A lovely steal from Alan Kent by Glenn Sheriff saw the Maiz Dulce captain race away with the ball the whole length of the pitch to move the score on to 2-0. Sherriff’s next attempt at goal, from a 60 yard penalty, went wide and although there was plenty of action although there were no further goals in the chukka. Good support by Lent in the second chukka enabled Sherriff to whizz the ball between the posts for Maiz Dulce’s third goal but although there was plenty of action the score remained at 3-0 to Maiz Dulce to the end of the chukka.
Chukka 3 started with a hit in from the back line by George Meyrick. Alan Kent was ready to take the ball forward but lost it to Sherriff who sent a lovely backhand to Pitts, the team being rewarded with their fourth goal. Finally, granted a spot hit, Meyrick sent forward a big shot towards the goal which Alan Kent tapped the final few yards for The Import House’s first mark on the scoreboard. It wasn’t long before a penalty was given against The Import House and Glenn Sherriff struck the ball from 30 yards straight between the posts for a lead of 5-1. George Meyrick and Alan Kent worked hard to stop the seemingly unstoppable Maiz Dulce but the yellow shirts were awarded a safety and Glenn Sherriff lofted a huge shot through the posts for 6-1 to close chukka 3.
Young Terence Lent won the throw-in which started chukka 4 but lost the ball to Townsend. Meyrick got his stick to it but was stopped by Sherriff. Townsend intervened once more but suddenly Lent grabbed the ball and whizzed a brilliant under the neck shot through the posts for 7-1. Meyrick won the ball from the throw-in and despite hassling from Lent managed to score goal number 2 for The Import House. Another attempt at goal by Meyrick failed but the action grew even hotter. The whistle blew against Maiz Dulce and The Import House were awarded a 5b. Meyrick tapped the ball forward and then sent a big shot down the middle. Alan Kent was waiting and dribbled the ball around the opposition to pull another one back for The Import House. The team simply didn’t give up and were rewarded when Townsend grabbed the ball from Sherriff to make his first goal. But time had run out for Justin MacRae’s side. Maiz Dulce had won the Owen Kenny Brecknock on a score of 7-4.
The Cup and prizes were presented by Emily Allchurch and David Small of The Owen Kenny Partnership. They also presented the award for Best Playing Pony which went to Lola owned and ridden by George Meyrick.
In the subsidiary Final of the Owen Kenny Brecknock Cup, GCN ran out the winners 9½-4 against Nipas.
In order to complete the 1921 Cup, abandoned when Club Chairman Peter Barfoot was seriously injured on 16th July, an extra chukka added on to the Semi Finals of the Owen Kenny Brecknock Cup played between Sea Breeze and Maiz Dulce saw Ray and Wilf Fine’s Sea Breeze team run out the winners to claim victory in the1921 Cup on a score of 5-4.