The Bryan Bethell Cup – Sunday 13th June
Five teams entered the Club’s second 15 goal tournament of the season with Romilla Arber’s, Four Quarters Black, and Clare Milford-Haven’s team, Gallagher/Madams Farm reaching the final. The game was played on another beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon on Lawns 2.
Romilla Arber played in the number 1 shirt for her side, with Jose Ramon Araya at number 2, Gonzalo Ferrari at number 3 and Benjamin Urquiza at Back. Clare Milford-Haven played in the number 1 position for Gallagher/Madams Farm with Vieri Antinori at 2, Michel Del Carril at 3 and Bautista Sorzana at Back.
Played on the Club’s finest ground, the game was fast and open with relatively few fouls and a high score, meaning that spectators were treated to the thrill of an ‘end to end’ game. Gallagher were first onto the scoreboard with a goal from Bauty Sorzana, however Gallagher then fouled to give Four Quarters a chance to equalise with a 60-yard penalty hit which was successfully converted by Urquiza. Urquiza then scored again to put Four Quarters ahead by one, but they fouled against Gallagher allowing Sorzana to score a 40-yard penalty hit to finish the chukka at two goals all.
Four Quarters dominated in the second chukka and were so strong in attack that Gallagher were unable to gain much possession and failed to convert their two chances to score. Each Four Quarters player scored, including a great goal by Romilla Arber to put the team four goals ahead by the end of the second chukka with the score at 6-2 to Four Quarters.
Gallagher came back much stronger in the third chukka and were able to gain the upper hand with Sorzana and Del Carril scoring and Clare Milford-Haven receiving a superb pass from Sorzana which she managed to back through the goal. But Gallagher fouled giving Four Quarters a chance to widen their lead in the form of a 60-yard penalty hit which was placed between the posts by Urquiza. Gonzalo Ferrari then added to the Four Quarters side of the scoreboard with another field goal. The chukka ended with Four Quarters ahead by three goals at 8-5.
Gallagher were not giving up easily and continued to attack hard with Clare Milford-Haven scoring the first goal of the chukka to put her team within two goals of Four Quarters. The umpires then awarded a 30-yard penalty to Gallagher which was converted by Sorzana to close the gap to one goal. Ferrari then scored for Four Quarters which was answered by Del Carril racing to goal and scoring for again for Gallagher. It wasn’t long before the ball was back in the possession of Four Quarters and Araya scored to put the score at 10-8 in their favour at the end of the fourth.
Four Quarters upped the ante in the fourth and final chukka. Strong in attack, Ferrari and Araya scored three goals between them, with Gallagher finding it tough to get through the Four Quarters strong defence. Clare Milford-Haven scored the final goal of the game, however it wasn’t enough to get close to Four Quarters who kept hold of their convincing lead to win the match 13-9.
The X-Zony Best Playing Pony rug was awarded to Pluma, played by Gonzalo Ferrari and owned by La Dolfina.
The Jersey Lilies Final – Sunday 13th June
Eight teams entered Cowdray’s second 6 goal tournament of the season. It was a warm sunny Sunday for the Final of the Jersey Lilies Cup which was played on a picturesque River ground, between Innovent and Cowdray Vikings. The two teams had met previously in the final of the Jubliee Cup on Lawns 3 where, Duane Lent’s side, Innovent, won by a goal in extra time.
Lila Pearson wore the number 1 shirt for her team, Cowdray Vikings, with young Will Millard at number 2, Ed Hitchman at 3 and Ben Turner at Back. Duane Lent was positioned at number 1 for Innovent with his son Terence at 3, Rufus Uloth at 2 and Nick Clague at Back.
Cowdray Vikings were first onto the scoreboard with Ben Turner scoring, however Innovent responded with two consecutive goals by Terence Lent and Nick Clague, putting the score at 2-1 to Innovent at the end of the first chukka.
Nick Clague scored again for Innovent early in the second chukka to put them two goals ahead, however Innovent fouled to give Cowdray Vikings a chance to get back within one; Ed Hitchman successfully converted a 30-yard penalty for Cowdray Vikings to put the score at 3-2 in favour of Innovent. Innovent fouled again with a minute to go, giving Cowdray Vikings an opportunity to equalise, however Ed Hitchman’s 60-yard penalty hit was stopped by Duane Lent. The score remained at 3-2 to Innovent at the end of the second chukka.
Chukka three began with a roll in near the Cowdray Vikings back line. Cowdray fouled to give a spot hit to Innovent. The ball was hit out, but Cowdray Vikings fouled again to give Innovent another chance to widen their lead. Terence Lent took the 40-yard penalty hit for Innovent but it was stopped by Will Millard. Cowdray Vikings fouled again to give another 40-yard penalty, which this time was successfully converted by Terence Lent to put Innovent ahead by two goals for the second time. However, it wasn’t long before Cowdray Vikings were within one again, when they were awarded another 30-yard penalty which was hit between the posts by Ed Hitchman, putting the score at 4-3 to Innovent as the third chukka came to an end.
The ball was rolled in at the start of the fourth and final chukka with Innovent coming out with possession. The ball was hit up with field by Nick Clague but Cowdray Vikings regained control. A foul by Innovent resulted in the umpires awarding a 30-yard penalty hit in favour of Cowdray Vikings. Ed Hitchman converted the penalty to put the score at four goals apiece as they headed back to the middle. Innovent gained possession once again. The whistle blew but the umpires decided there was no foul so the ball was rolled in again by the boards. A foul by Cowdray gave Terence Lent yet another opportunity to score-but he couldn’t get the height he needed and the ball was stopped by Ed Hitchman. However, it was quickly picked up by Duane Lent who backed the ball into the goal to score the winning goal for Innovent. The final whistle blew with the score at 5-4 to Innovent.
The X-Zony Best Playing Pony rug was awarded to Hydro, played by Ed Hitchman and owned by Boyd Allen.
The Petworth 12 Goal – Saturday 12th June
Creighton Boyd’s, Confido, and John Bunn’s, Hickstead, reached the Final of the third 12 goal contest of the season, which was played under a bright blue sky on Ambersham 3.
Ed Hitchman wore the number 1 shirt for Confido with Creighton Boyd at number 2, Richard Tyrone at 3 and Shaun Brokensha at Back. John Bunn took the number 1 position for Hickstead with Alfie Hyde at number 2, Glenn Sherriff at 3 and Niall Donnelly at Back.
Confido were first onto the scoreboard with Ed Hitchman gaining possession to score. Donnelly was quick to respond with a goal for Hickstead to put the score at one goal apiece. However, Hickstead fouled to give away a 40-yard penalty hit to Confido which was converted by Richard Tyrone giving Confido a temporary one goal lead. Sherriff scored to equalise, and the chukka ended at 2-2.
Confido gained the upper hand in the second chukka with Richard Tyrone scoring the only two goals of the chukka, the first a field goal and the second the successful conversion of a Safety 60 penalty.
Glen Sherriff missed an opportunity to stay within one goal and the score remained at 4-2 at the end of the chukka.
Confido remained strong in defence in the third chukka keeping Hickstead at bay. Hickstead fouled to give away a 60-yard penalty which was put high between the posts by Tyrone to put them ahead by three, however Sherriff, despite hitting a Safety 60 penalty opportunity wide, managed to score for Hickstead to keep them within two, ending the chukka 5-3 in favour of Confido.
Hickstead were able to get within one goal of Confido when Alfie Hyde scored to put the score at 5-4 at the start of the fourth and final chukka. However, Confido responded by attacking hard with both Tyrone and Brokensha taking advantage of their opportunities to score. The final whistle was blown, and the scoreboard read 7-4 to Confido.
The X-Zony Best Playing Pony rug was awarded to Monkey Puzzle, owned and played by Richard Tyrone.
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