Six teams took part in the last 8-goal contest of the season with Justin Taylor’s Cuatro Estrellas and David Spragg’s DS Equine making it to the final, which was played at sunny Ambersham on Sunday 5th September. The final score was close, however Cuatro Estrellas gained the upper-hand early on.
DS Equine were first onto the score board at the start of the game with a goal by 4-goaler Ollie Cork. DS Equine then fouled to give away a 40-yard penalty hit to Cuatro Estrellas which was successfully converted by Peter Webb to put the score at an even 1-1. The remainder of the chukka was quiet on the goal front with no further opportunities presenting for either team.
Cuatro Estrellas had found their rhythm by the start of the second chukka, scoring no less than four goals as DS Equine struggled to find their opponent’s goalmouth. Cuatro Estrellas fouled to give away a 60-yard penalty hit however Glenn Sheriff missed his opportunity to convert. Young Rufus Uloth, standing in for David Spragg, also missed a chance. Following a 60-yard penalty conversion by Peter Webb, Cuatro Estrellas were on a roll, as both Will Drewitt and Harry Muddle found form, scoring one and two goals respectively and putting their team ahead by four goals. The score was 5-1 at the end of the second chukka.
The third chukka produced just one goal between the teams which was a 60-yard penalty conversion by Ollie Cork for DS Equine following a foul by Cuatro Estrellas. Will Drewitt missed a chance for Cuatro Estrellas meaning their side of the scoreboard remained on 5 at the end of the chukka with a total of 2 to DS Equine.
Determined not to let the game slip away, DS Equine came back fighting in the fourth and final chukka with 5-goaler Glenn Sheriff scoring two consecutive goals at the start. Harry Muddle responded for Cuatro Estrellas to keep DS Equine trailing by two goals. However, Ollie Cork was next to find his opponent’s goalmouth, scoring again for DS Equine to put them within one. A foul by Cuatro Estrellas then gave DS Equine an opportunity to equalize with a 30-yard penalty hit which was scored by Ollie Cork. The chukka ended 6-6, putting the game into extra time. The trophy was within easy reach of both teams, however it was Peter Webb who placed the ball between the posts first for Cuatro Estrellas who lifted the PSI Trophy. The X-Zony Best Playing Pony rug was awarded to Gretta, played and owned by Harry Muddle.