Eight teams entered the Club’s penultimate 6 goal tournament, the West Sussex Cup. Innovent and Oriflamme both secured places in the Final which took place on Ambersham 2.
Young Rufus Uloth was first to score to put Innovent on the board first, however Oriflamme responded with a goal from Marcus Cork to keep the game even in the first chukka. Both teams missed an opportunity each with Cork and Innovent’s Terence Lent putting the ball wide of the goalmouth resulting in an end of chukka score of 1-1. The second chukka proved to be relatively uneventful with the scoreboard unchanged. Despite three attempts by Innovent’s Terence Lent and another from Marcus Cork for Oriflamme, neither team were able to find the other’s goalmouth.
Nick Clague found scoring form in the third chukka, successfully hitting the ball between the posts twice for Innovent. Jack Berner was able to keep his team close with a goal for Oriflamme. The score was 3-2 in favour of Innovent at the end of the third chukka. Open play kept the game flowing in the fourth and final chukka which saw Marcus Cork scoring his second goal of the day for Oriflamme putting the score at evens once again. Despite Clague finding the goalmouth for Innovent to regain their lead, his team fouled to give away a 30-yard penalty in favour of Oriflamme which was successfully converted by Jack Berner. With an even score of 4-all as the final whistle blew, the match headed into extra time. It was anyone’s game as the extra chukka started, however it was Jack Berner who was able to score first, securing the West Sussex Cup for Oriflamme with a final score of 5-4. The X-Zony Best Playing Pony was awarded to Tina played and owned by Jason Warren.
Four teams entered the Club’s first official 2 Goal tournament of the season, the Selham Trophy, which was established in 2019. Pink Panthers took on High Point Polo Stud in a competitive Final match on Ambersham 5.
High Point Polo Stud got off to a strong start in the first half of the game and were first onto the scoreboard with a goal from Dave Gardner. Pink Panthers then fouled to give a 60-yard penalty opportunity in favour of High Point Polo Stud which was successfully converted by Charlie Boher securing his team a two-goal lead. Lisa Knight had two unlikely misses for Pink Panthers, however teammate Harry Muddle was able to find the goalmouth to put the score at 2-1 to High Point Polo Stud as the first chukka ended.
High Point Polo Stud continued to retain the upper hand in the second chukka with a goal apiece from Dave Gardner and Charlie Boher. Charlie Tigne was able to score for Pink Panthers to keep them within two goals, however Pink Panthers fouled to give a spot hit to High Point Polo Stud which was converted by Alice Servaes to put her team ahead by three and resulting in a score of 5-2 to High Point Polo Stud at the end of the first half.
Pink Panthers came back determined in the second half with a busy third chukka for Harry Muddle who scored no less than four goals, to include two from the field as well as a 30-yard and a 60-yard penalty conversion, putting Pink Panthers ahead for the first time. High Point Polo Stud were unable to respond with only Alice Servaes making an attempt at goal which went wide. The third chukka ended on a score of 6-5 to Pink Panthers.
Pink Panthers had clearly found their momentum and continued strong in attack and defence into the fourth and final chukka. High Point Polo Stud fouled to give away a 40-yard penalty hit which was sent between the posts by Harry Muddle who also went on to score from the field. Pink Panthers fouled to give a 60-yard penalty hit to High Point Polo Stud, however Charlie Boher missed his attempt to convert. The final whistle blew with the scoreboard reading 8-5 to Pink Panthers who lifted the trophy. The X-Zony Best Playing Pony rug was awarded to Christian, played and owned by Stephanie Haverhals.