COWDRAY Park Polo Club hosted two more finals day tournaments to add to their busy schedule over the summer.
This time around, the Midsummer 12-goal trophy and Brecknock eight-goal competetion were both staged at the club.
In the Midsummer event, local side Emler faced off against Four Quarters Black of Berkshire in the final.
Laura Ormerod’s Emlor side included Maurice Ormerod at number two, Eden Ormerod at three and six-goal player Manolo Fernandez-Llorente at the back.
Emil Arber’s Berkshire-based side included Ralph Richardson at number two, and six-goalers Richard Le Poer and Tom Morley at number three and back. Following an unfortunate fall in the first chukka, Arber was stretchered from the pitch and his place was taken by Fleur Turner.
Richardson opened the scoring for Four Quarters and his gutsy play soon saw him rewarded with a second goal.
Emlor’s Llorente sent a big shot down the pitch following a spot penalty, Maurice Ormerod picked up the ball and flicked it back to Llorente whose neat little shot gave the local side their first goal.
A throw in from the boards started the second chukka.
Tom Morley tapped the ball then left it for Le Poer who was well marked by Eden Ormerod.
Morley stole round from behind, secured the ball for himself and zipped it through for 3-1 in Four Quarters’ favour.
The third chukka saw Llorente charge away from the pack and send through a beautifully-angled shot to equalise the scores on three apiece.
Four Quarters doubled their attempts at marking but once again Llorente escaped and masterfully zipped a neat goal through the posts to take the lead for Emlor for the first time.
A hit-in by Morley saw Le Poer race off down the pitch. Intercepted, he managed to pass to Fleur Turner who accomplished a lovely little goal and 4-4 on the scoreboard.
The fourth chukka was action-packed.
Young Richardson shot a beauty between the posts to take the lead again for Four Quarters.
Emlor came back on the attack and Eden Ormerod made a super goal to even the scores once more.
Tension increased following the line-out with Emlor winning the ball only to be halted by the umpire’s whistle.
A throw-in saw Llorente with the ball, closely marked by Le Poer, Morley tried stealing it from the Argentine who wasn’t giving up.
The whistle blew and a spot penalty given to Emlor right in front of the goal enabled the red shirts to take the lead again.
Another line-out saw Llorente tussling with Le Poer but an opportunistic steal by Eden Ormerod gave him the chance to put 7-5 on the scoreboard and Emlor managed to hold onto the lead until the final bell.
Stephen Biddlecombe of Equine Management Ltd presented quality polo kit as prizes to both teams at the close of a fascinating match held at Cowdray Park Polo Club.
In the subsidiary final of the Midsummer 12-goal Cup, Peter Barfoot’s Maiz Dulce beat Moomin Sheikh’s BHC side 9-5.
A pacey and exciting match saw local businessman Peter Barfoot’s Maiz Dulce side in action again in the final of the eight-goal Brecknock Cup which he had previously won in 2013.
Barfoot’s team of five-goal player Glenn Sherriff, Matt Pitts (two goals) and William Brasher (one goal),simply outclassed Sally Dawson’s CPG Nightingale team which included former England player Henry Brett (5 goals), Jack Taylor (one goal) and Marcus Collie (three goals).
Sherriff was on fire throughout the match, achieving four superb field goals and shooting through a massive 60-yard penalty shot to assist Maiz Dulce’s well-deserved 7-3 victory.
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