With an entry of 7 teams, the 8 goal Barrett Cup provided some lively matches during the tournament, with Wilf Fine’s Sea Breeze and Peter Barfoot’s Maiz Dulce, with Millie Barfoot playing for the patron, making it to the final.
Millie Barfoot, having benefited from a winter of polo in New Zealand, was joined by Will Harper at 2, John Martin at 3 and Pedro Harrison at Back. Wilf Fine’s side included Angus Rowan Hamilton at 2, Nick Clague at 3 and Henry Fisher at Back.
In a pacey match, John Martin made the opening goal and Maiz Dulce ended the first chukka 1-0 ahead. In the second, Henry Fisher, playing a very solid game for Sea Breeze, sent a huge shot forward which found the goal posts to make a good field goal and equalize. A spot penalty enabled him to score again and chukka 2 closed at 2-1 in Sea Breeze’s favour.
After half time Sea Breeze came back just as strong with Henry Fisher making his third goal of the match and 3-1 on the scoreboard at the end of chukka 3. The pace ramped up in the final chukka with Maiz Dulce on the move from the off. A shot at goal was cleared by Fisher but Sea Breeze gave away a penalty and Harrison scored from 30 yards. Harrison grabbed the ball from the throw in and raced away to equalize on 3-3. Maiz Dulce’s John Martin won the ball from the throw-in and, assisted by an on-fire Pedro Harrison, took Maiz Dulce ahead with a beautiful big shot between the goal posts and a 4-3 lead. Back came the teams to the centre, Clague won the ball and sent it to Rowan Hamilton, on went the ball to Fisher who lost it to Harrison. Out of nowhere came Will Harper who neatly spun the ball between the posts for 5-3 and success in the Barrett Cup for Maiz Dulce for a second year running.
Mrs Jennai Clague presented the trophy to Millie Barfoot and the Best Playing Pony award went to Fizz owned and played by Henry Fisher.