HPA Youth Polo Continues
David Woodd, the Chief Executive of the Hurlingham Polo Association reports on the latest contest in the HPA Select tournaments, “the Whitbread trophy was once again kindly hosted by Rutland Polo Club. Although the game flowed up and down the field, few balls crossed the back line between the goal posts. Young Scotland in blue started with ½ a goal and opened the scoring in the final seconds of the first chukka with a goal by Freddie Younger.”
The second and third chukkas were somewhat marred by fouls, mainly by Young England in white, and although they missed opportunities to extend their lead, the blue team went into the last chukka with a lead of 2½ to 1. A spot hit in front of goal extended their lead to 3½-1 but a fight back by Young England, which included a good nearside goal by Alexander Cooper got the white team to within half a goal. With seven seconds to go, a foul gave Young England the chance to win from a 60 yard penalty but a well hit and straight ball was stopped and cleared to the boards giving Young Scotland a win for the third year with a final score of 3½-3.”
The trophy was presented by Lady Tollemache whose father originally presented it.”
The Polo Times Best Playing Pony Award went to Billy, a retrained racehorse, owned and ridden by Charlie Cadogan.
Whitbread Trophy teams:
Young Scotland: Angus Rowan-Hamilton, Charlie Cadogan, Freddie Younger & Fiona Campbell
Young England: Alexander Cooper, Charlie Townsend, Charlie Tighe & Florence Berner
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Photograph: Young Scotland and Young England teams with Lady Tollemache. By John Rowley