Captains & Subalterns 2018

Published in News on 23 Jul 2018

The largest UK weekend polo tournament has taken place at Tidworth Polo Club. The Captains & Subalterns Tournament, first played in 1898, is the biggest of its type in the UK of any civilian club.
Some 24 teams were originally entered for this two-day event but ground pressure and the weather meant the tournament director and team from TPC reduced that number to 19 and some matches to three chukkas to ease the pony providers concerns.
Division One witnessed a pulsating encounter in the final with four members of the HACKETT Army Team spread equally across two teams. The first day of three chukkas saw the KRH hold the seemingly superior QRH team – over from British Army Germany – with some strong play by Paddy Selfe. Despite going behind at the end of the third, with Alex Walch playing well above his handicap, the momentum was seemingly with the KRH.
However, the second day brough about a difference with the QRH, especially Tpr Christian Baker who marked Paddy Selfe out and with Johnny Sleeman combining well with Jamie Fry, creeping further ahead in the fifth by 5 goals to 3. Max Morant found his range having been away for four years and the QRH won the final in front of a large crowd by 7 goals to 3. Capt Alex Walch KRH won the ‘Ledger’ MVP Cup for consistent skill over the two days.
In Division Two The Royal Yeomanry won their final on penalties leaving The Light Dragoons as runners-up. Division Three winners were the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst with the RAF in second, while The Royal Artillery topped Division Four ahead of The Royal Dragoon Guards.
The Army Medical Services took the honour in Division Five with the Scottish and NI Yeomanry in runners-up spot.
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