Anthony Fanshawe, England coach at the recently-concluded 14 goal FIP World Championships, believes that George Pearson and Jack Hyde have a bright future ahead of them as British polo looks for the next stars to step up at international level.
Two handicappers Pearson and Hyde, aged 18 and 17 respectively, both featured in Santiago, Chile as England, looking to win their first medal since 2004, finished fourth.
“They both played pretty well and showed good signs for English polo’s future,” said Fanshawe, who was appointed as polo manager at Guards in November.
“If they dedicate themselves to winters of team polo in Argentina (with great players) they both could make it.”
Fanshawe admitted that Hyde had a “fantastic future ahead him if he is given the right ‘education’.”
Chile held off USA 12-11 to win the 10th World Championship in front of their home fans.
USA had beaten England 15-9 in the semi-finals, as Brazil, who were beaten by Chile 11-10, won the race to bronze with victory over Fanshawe’s quartet, which included experienced duo Will Emerson and Peter Webb.
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“After our semi-final disaster we played much better in the third place play off and were unlucky not to finish third,” added Fanshawe.
“There was probably an over reliance on the individual rather than the team which is what really sent us home early, more than any other fault.
“It seems that our patron-based professional game means our pros basically just play the ball for themselves and therefore have an extremely difficult time converting to the four-player, no patron polo, that is the World Cup.”
On Chile’s victory, Fanshawe said: “The best organised team that played the best polo lost to the team with an absolute and total commitment to the fight of winning.
“Winning 50/50 balls in death defying plays became a Chilean art as the game went on and the American belief was slowly worn away. It was amazing to watch.”