National Schools Ladies Arena Championships
On Sunday 19 March West Wycombe Polo Arena hosted 48 players comprising of 16 girls’ teams. The hard work of SUPA organisers, Gill Glimmerveen and Caroline Grayson paid off as many parents and families who had attended to support the up-and-coming ladies school players were blessed with great weather and were not disappointed by the standard of play across all four divisions. The Open Division was particularly exciting with four teams competing for the 2017 Ladies’ Open Title.
This tournament has grown in popularity in the past few years, helped by the opportunity for individual players to find a place in combined teams.
“Not all the schools have a complete team at the same level of play” SUPA Steward Gill Glimmerveen told Polo Times, “However, we are now able to find other players at a similar level and submit teams into the Nationals. This enables all players to enter a national tournament. It is great for parents and supporters to see their children compete.”
Winners of the divisions:
Open: Downe House
Novice: Seaford Ladies
Beginner: St Swithuns
Most Valuable Player: Victoria Schneider, Heathfield School
Most Promising Player: Sonya Lebedeva, Wycombe Abbey B
All players received copies of Polo Times and other prizes unique to the ladies’ tournaments. The opportunity for the young players coming through the ranks is helped by the continued and generous support of Richard Bucket at RJ Polo and HPA. Full team lists will be included in the May issue of Polo Times. Not a subscriber? Don’t miss out and click here to subscribe now!
SUPA dates for the diary:
Juniors: Sunday 14 May
Seniors: Saturday 17 June
Ladies: Sunday 25 June
Photograph: 48 enthusiastic competitors took part in the National Schools Ladies Arena Championships, kindly sponsored by RJ Polo. By Andrew Hine