Junior HPA Championships Feature in International Schedule
Two lucky teams of youngsters will be taking to the grounds at Guards Polo Club in 48 hours to play the Final of the Buckmaster Junior HPA Championships. The Buckmaster is one of three sections within the HPA Junior Championship series, which also includes Hipwood and the newly added Rocksavage sections. Buckmaster, the highest handicapped section, features teams with handicaps of 1 or 2 goals. The highest handicapped player in this year’s edition of the tournament is Cruz Novillo Astrada rated at 2 goals. Emlor Juniors with a line-up of James McCarthy, Terence Lent, Robert Fleming and Charles Cooney, have steamed through the league rounds after a rocky start after a draw against Oxford Polo, but they went on to defeat Surrey Union and a formidable line-up from La Aguada Juniors.
They will be playing Longdole with a line-up of Tommy Severn, Oscar Luard, Hugo Taylor and Luke Wiles. Longdole have also sailed through the initial rounds defeating La Aguada Juniors in their first round before a close shave, only winning by half a point, against Oxford Polo; but a convincing win against Surrey Union sealed the deal for their place in the Final.
The Final will be played at 11am at Guards Polo Club as part of the Royal Salute Coronation Cup International programme. Polo Times are also proud to be providing a Polo Times Best Playing Pony Award. To see all the results and team lists for the Buckmaster Junior HPA Championships please click here.
Photograph: 2015 winners Emlor Juniors with runners-up El Remanso Juniors at Cowdray Park Polo Club. By Lucy Wilson