Archives from 2006

August Fixtures 2006

Published in Army Polo on 05 Aug 2006

The Hackett Army Polo Team competed in the Major General’s Cup at Guards Polo Club on August 11, 12 and 13.

They booked their place in the final, which was played in a thunderstorm, but lost in the fifth chukka to Bon Coeur by seven goals to six.

The Hackett Army Polo Team was made up of Lt Col Johnny Wheeler -1, Major Crispin Lockhart 0, Lt Jack Mann 2, and Ct Harry Wales 1.

A team mostly made up of Bovington players was invited to play at Watership Down but again the weather intervened which meant the match took place in the arena. Although they lost 6-5, Johnny Wheeler, Graeme Craig, Quentin Hicks and Harry Wales were well entertained and looked after.

The Senior Army Team played a MacMillan Cancer Exhibition Match at Orchard Polo Club in Dorset on Saturday August 26. In front of a crowd of some 800 people they faced up to professional polo players from Longdole Polo Club in Gloucestershire (the Cudmore/Hanbury families).

It was a close and exciting match that thrilled the crowd. The Army side were pipped to the post in the final chukka with the score at four and a half goals to four. The team were Capt Tim Verdon 2, Lt Jack Mann 2, Maj Nick Hunter 2 and Capt Mark Dollar 2.


Thomas Crown Captains & Subalterns Tournament

Published in Army Polo on 23 Jul 2006

EIGHT teams battled it out for honours over two exciting days of competition at Tidworth Polo Club.

The Thomas Crown Captains & Subalterns Polo Tournament was played at Tidworth Polo Club over the July 22 and 23 weekend.

Eight teams from throughout all three services played the two days with a mixed range of talent on display – mostly beginners. They included the RAF, Royal Navy, AGC, Royal Dragoon Guards, RMAS, RLC and two teams from Bovington.

The tournament had two seedings which culminated in the finals’ day in front of some 700 spectators. Tidworth’s excellent Fisher Ground, having absorbed the rain from the previous day’s huge thunderstorm, played superbly well.

Sponsors Thomas Crown attracted a knowledgable crowd from the west of England who enjoyed the spectacle in brilliant sunshine.

For the first time in many years the RAF beat a powerful Bovington team who were plagued by injury in the first chukka. The RAF team, who had come from all four corners of the British Isles, put on a fine display and were worthy winners at seven goals to four.

In the subsidary final, the Bovington second team repeated their success of last year – despite the best intentions of a young and raw Sandhurst team. They ran out victors with the final score 8-2.

“The weekend attracted a large crowd for the APOLOA sponsored drinks party which, for the second year running, was in the rain at the Tidworth clubhouse,” said Lt Col Simon Ledger, Chairman of the Army Polo Association.

“Thanks are due to our sponsor Jeremy Gower and his company Thomas Crown, and all their guests, as well as to Brigadier John Wright and his team at Tidworth for the marvellous facilities provided.

“One team who deserve a special mention were the Royal Dragoon Guards who had come over all the way from Germany and were unlucky not to get in the money.”


Berenberg Bank United Services Cup & Hackett Inter-regimental Final

Published in News on 16 Jul 2006

TWO finals, one venue, made for an exciting climax to the Chapple Cup Series and the oldest tournament in polo.

The Berenberg Bank United Services Cup and the Hackett Inter-Regimental Final were held at Guards on July 16.

The US Cup was the third and final game in the Chapple Cup Series between the CSPA and a touring team from South Africa. Already two nil down in the Series the visitors were looking to grab some kind of consolation.

But as the form book suggested, it wasn’t to be and the CSPA completed their white-wash of the touring side.

It was a close game, as reflected in the final seven to five score-line, but the better teamwork gave the experienced CSPA ‘old’ boys the edge.

Forty year-old Mark Cann was in fine form hitting three goals, including a 40-yard back-hander from an acute angle.

Campbell McNab was on top of his game for South Africa and his team played increasingly well as the series progressed.

Mark Cann, Director of the CSPA, said: “It was good to have the South Africans over as a reciprocal tour for our visit there two years ago. They had a ball, and I hope this is the beginning of a fruitful relationship.”

The Hackett Inter-Regimental Final had the King’s Royal Hussars up against the Household Cavalry, in what promised to be one of the closest matches for years.
Though there was a very good high standard of polo – deserving of the oldest cup in polo – it proved to be a walk-over for the Household Cavalry.

Lt Vestey was sublime in his last match for the Regiment, revelling in the space created by Ct Wales for him. The final score – nine goals to three.

The Jack Pringle Cup, awarded to the player who the best to his handicap, went to Lt Lorian McCullem who had a wonderful match for the Household Cavalry.


Hackett Rundle Cup Day

Published in News on 15 Jul 2006

A QUINTESSENTIALLY British military day out is how best to describe the spectacular success of the Hackett Rundle Cup Day.

A quintessentially British military day out – and a spectacular success – is how best to describe the Hackett Rundle Cup Day at Tidworth Polo Club on July 15.

An estimated 7,000 people basked in the glorious sunshine, with music from The Band of the Royal Marines, to witness two very exciting matches.

The ICOA Trophy, sponsored by BAE, was round two in the Chapple Cup series with the South Africa side looking to level the scores having lost the opening game at RMA Sandhurst two days earlier..

In fact, they did take an early lead and maintained that level of performance throughout. However, the CSPA, playing strongly as a team, had the scoreline all square at the start of the final chukka and then romped away with it for an eight goals to four and a half victory.

In the Hackett Rundle Cup itself the Army and Royal Navy battled it out for the honours – in a much better game than most pundits had predicted.

The Navy got off to a good start, faithful to their strategy of holding the Army as long as possible. But with the strength of Ct Wales and Maj Hunter in particular, the Army side just grew in confidence and gradually tightened their grip on the game. It was close up to the final chukka but the team in red scored more and more to finish the match seven goals to four and a half – another triumph for the Army.

Capt Hayman Joyce made an excellent contribution for the winners while the Navy’s Capt Mason was, as ever, reliable at the back and a playmaker going forward.

The Best Playing Pony award went, as it did at Sandhurst two days earlier, to Ct Wales’ horse. The award was sponsored and presented by ESS Support Services Worldwide.

And during the prize-giving, the PQ Saddle – awarded to a member of the Combined Services who has significantly contributed to the work of the CSPA – went to Capt Mark Dollar, retiring Secretary of the Army Polo Association.

Events at Tidworth had begun with the Jockeys versus Eventers clash in aid of the charity Inspire. The Eventers were led by Clayton Fredericks who co-ordinated the activities of Zara Phillips and Rodney Powell very well against the valiant efforts of the Jockeys led by Richard Johnson.

 


Rma Sandhurst Charity Polo Day

Published in News on 13 Jul 2006

OUTSTANDING polo crowned a wonderful day at RMAS which raised £80,000 for Service charities and military polo.

Blessed by the sun, and some exceptional polo, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Charity Polo Day on July 13 proved hugely successful.

Not only were events on the field a real crowd-pleaser but the organisation and sponsorship behind the day raised some £80,000 for Service charities and military polo.

The first match of the Sandhurst Charity Polo Day was the Sudan Cup – round one of the three-match Chapple Cup series fought between the CSPA and a touring team, who this year, were from South Africa.

The home side, with Lt Ben Vestey at the helm, proved just too strong for the visitors in their first match on strange horses.

The CSPA ran out comfortable winners by eight goals to three and a half, although it was a good flowing game with solid performances on both sides.

Next up was the Sandhurst Cup which saw the CSPA Invitational Team go head-to-head with the Commandant’s Team. This was a terrific match – probably the best of its kind since its inception nine years ago, with the spectators treated to some outstanding polo.

American two-goaler Phil Heatley made a welcome return for the Invitational side and although he hasn’t been playing as much as he used it wasn’t difficult to see how this strong and talented player has won the US Open.

Both teams were evenly matched with the Chilean brothers Jose and Gabrielle Donoso – one on either side – controlling the play from the back. Their team-mates were inspired and each of them raised their game, playing above their handicap.
The Invitationals established an early lead in the first chukka which was whittled away over the course of the match.

Come the fifth, with 30 seconds left on the clock the Commandant’s Team converted a penalty to take a 5-4 lead. But there was more drama to come as, in the dying seconds, the Invitational team were awarded a spot penalty which was struck home to secure a 5-5 draw.

There was an outstanding performance from Chris Gannon and eye-catching stuff too from Ct Wales and John Goodman. O/Cdt Wales had a tight start but relaxed into the game and scored a great goal.

The final action of the day saw Hursley Pony Club hand out a polo lesson to the gallant RMAS team in a nine goals to four and a half drubbing. George MacIntosh in particular was in excellent form and showed plenty of skill with his very long drives.
However, two players from the home-side who deserve a special mention are Officer Cadets Matthew Blakiston and George Arbuthnott. They made a valiant attempt to overcome the fluency and teamwork of the Hursley play and showed real potential for the future.


Teams For July Fixtures 2006

Published in Army Polo on 11 Jul 2006

THE team line-ups for the CSPA’s prestigious fixtures at Sandhurst, Tidworth and Guards have been released.

TEAMS FOR CSPA FIXTURES JULY 2006
THE following have been selected by Chairman CSPA to play in the fixtures listed below. Players are reminded that this is a selection for the Combined Services and should be regarded as such when prioritising other commitments. Any player unable to fulfil his/her selection should notify Mark Cann on 07802 815 294.

DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE GAMES AND THAT SOME OF THE GAMES ARE ON THE SAME DAY IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ALL MATCHES START ON TIME. ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME. NO ONE WILL BE THANKED FOR ALLOWING THE MATCH TO START WITH A PLAYER SHORT. INDEED THEY WILL BE FINED.

 


Tour To Chile – June 2006

Published in Army Polo on 30 Jun 2006

MAINTAINING a long standing relationship with the Escuela de Caballeria, Armoured Cavalry School at Quillota, two members of the APOLOA took on the Chilean Army Team for two friendly matches in June.

Although very late in the polo season for Chile, the School keep their horses in for most of the year and were able to equip Lt Col Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal) and Major Charlie Valdes-Scott (-2 goal) with some excellent ponies as well as supply a third team member for the two 3-aside matches.

The first of the two matches was played in the afternoon of arriving, with no time spent to evaluate the opposition off the pitch. It didn’t take long to realise that this was more than just a friendly to the Chileans who had the professional Chilean civilian team coach playing, Sam Renato Rider, who they were keen to impress.

Captain Alfonso Anguita proved himself very talented scoring an impressive eightgoals and emphasising the need for good marking, once loose he was able to shoot and score from the throw in. The first match ended in a sound victory to the Chileans of 14-6.

After a serious British team talk over some generous host nation hospitality in the splendid Officers’ Casino (Mess), the British felt they were ready for some retribution the following day. In an effort to even out the score Captain Alejandro Martin (0 goal) was loaned to the British side for the second match.

Despite his reputation for a strong right arm and some defiant play from the Captain with some inspired runs, the team was still unable to dampen the frenzied attack by the opposition. The British, once again, had to concede to being able to only dent the armour of the Chilean Cavalry School losing some 11-5.

The Armoured Cavalry School is located in Quillota a one hour drive north of Santiago and has a fabulous Officers’ Mess right at the heart of the school. The last tour made by a British team was in 1987 and, determined to put up a better fight for the future, this year’s visit has been instrumental in hoping to establish a slot on their fixtures list in a return trip in 2007.

Match 1:
British Team:
1. Major Charles Valdes-Scott (-2 goal)
2. Teniente Gonzalo Gutierrez (0 goal)
3. Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal)

Chilean Team:
1. Senor Sam Renato Rider (1 goal)
2. Captain Alfonso Anguita (3 goal)
3. Captain Miguel Kratsnoff (1 goal)

Match 2:
British Team:
1. Major Charles Valdes-Scott (-2 goal)
2. Captain Alejandro Martin (1 goal)
3. Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal)

Chilean Team:
1. Senor Sam Renato Rider (1 goal)
2. Teniente Felipe Martinez (1 goal)
3. Captain Miguel Kratsnoff (1 goal)


APOLOA & The Chilean Army

Published in News on 28 Jun 2006

TWO members of the APOLOA took on the Chilean Army Team for two friendly matches in June.

MAINTAINING a long standing relationship with the Escuela de Caballeria, Armoured Cavalry School at Quillota, two members of the APOLOA took on the Chilean Army Team for two friendly matches in June.

Although very late in the polo season for Chile, the School keep their horses in for most of the year and were able to equip Lt Col Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal) and Major Charlie Valdes-Scott (-2 goal) with some excellent ponies as well as supply a third team member for the two 3-aside matches.

The first of the two matches was played in the afternoon of arriving, with no time spent to evaluate the opposition off the pitch. It didn’t take long to realise that this was more than just a friendly to the Chileans who had the professional Chilean civilian team coach playing, Sam Renato Rider, who they were keen to impress.

Captain Alfonso Anguita proved himself very talented scoring an impressive eightgoals and emphasising the need for good marking, once loose he was able to shoot and score from the throw in. The first match ended in a sound victory to the Chileans of 14-6.

After a serious British team talk over some generous host nation hospitality in the splendid Officers’ Casino (Mess), the British felt they were ready for some retribution the following day. In an effort to even out the score Captain Alejandro Martin (0 goal) was loaned to the British side for the second match.

Despite his reputation for a strong right arm and some defiant play from the Captain with some inspired runs, the team was still unable to dampen the frenzied attack by the opposition. The British, once again, had to concede to being able to only dent the armour of the Chilean Cavalry School losing some 11-5.

The Armoured Cavalry School is located in Quillota a one hour drive north of Santiago and has a fabulous Officers’ Mess right at the heart of the school. The last tour made by a British team was in 1987 and, determined to put up a better fight for the future, this year’s visit has been instrumental in hoping to establish a slot on their fixtures list in a return trip in 2007.

Match 1:
British Team:
1. Major Charles Valdes-Scott (-2 goal)
2. Teniente Gonzalo Gutierrez (0 goal)
3. Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal)

Chilean Team:
1. Senor Sam Renato Rider (1 goal)
2. Captain Alfonso Anguita (3 goal)
3. Captain Miguel Kratsnoff (1 goal)

Match 2:
British Team:
1. Major Charles Valdes-Scott (-2 goal)
2. Captain Alejandro Martin (1 goal)
3. Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Wheeler (-1 goal)

Chilean Team:
1. Senor Sam Renato Rider (1 goal)
2. Teniente Felipe Martinez (1 goal)
3. Captain Miguel Kratsnoff (1 goal)


Inter-regimental Draw 2006

Published in News on 01 Jun 2006

THE draw for the 2006 Inter-regimental Tournament has taken place and the team line-ups unveiled.

NEWS FROM THE CSPA

INTER-REGIMENTAL POLO TOURNAMENT DRAW 2006

NEWS FROM THE CSPA

INTER-REGIMENTAL POLO TOURNAMENT DRAW 2006

 


Agc Polo

Published in Army Polo on 30 May 2006

Calling all AGC personnel interested in playing polo! Whether you can already ride or you are a non rider, there is now a fantastic opportunity for you to play polo and become part of the AGC polo team.

Polo is such an exhilarating team sport, the polo ponies are wonderful to ride and the cost of courses at Tidworth can be partially offset by funding available from the AGC Central Sports Fund.

AGC polo is now firmly up and running and there are a number of players of all abilities who are part of the AGC pool.

Each year they enter the Captains and Subalterns Cup (open to all ranks, and 90% of AGC players are non-commissioned) at the Combined Services Polo Club at Tidworth.

Please contact Captain Gill Shaw on Mil: 94651 2922, Civ: 01206 782922 or e-mail her at oscarlayton@yahoo.co.uk for a brief on what courses are available as well as AGC training days.