Images of Polo 5-8 Goal Victor Ludorum
Yesterday, Sunday 12 February saw Exclusive Rooms take on Red River Polo in the Final of the Images of Polo Victor Ludorum 5-8 goal at The All England Polo Club, Hickstead. Despite near freezing conditions, both teams played with much gusto and the game turned out to be an exciting and fast paced game. It was great to see such competitive polo played, twinned with jovial sportsmanship from both sets of players. Each team played with and determination and matched each other blow for blow throughout the first three chukkas.
Red River sadly were unable to capitalise on a feast of penalties in the first two chukkas, which if they had, would have seen them storm into a healthy lead. Some great team work from the Exclusive Rooms side, meant they kept up the pressure throughout the game and took a brief two goal lead in the second chukka. However, Red River fought back and by the end of the third both teams were level at 7 goals each.
Kevin Shaw on Best Playing Pony of the match, Pancho, went to work early in the fourth and final chukka with two quick goals. The pace of the game lifted as both teams were desperate to clinch victory. Red River’s Daniel Acosta made some high speed runs, but was unable to convert. It was Niall Donnelly for Exclusive Rooms, that scored two more goals to take a convincing 11-7 lead. Red River patron Stephen Burley snuck in a final goal for his side in the last minute of the game, taking the final score to 11-8. The victory was all the more sweet as Exclusive Rooms featured John Bunn, who is the vision behind The All England Polo Club. Exclusive Room’s Niall Donnelly won the Images of Polo Most Valuable Player Award for his goal scoring and formidable force and Kevin Shaw’s Pancho won the Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug. After the Final, the friendly atmosphere continued as the crowd and players alike tucked into some welcome Chukka Cocktails courtesy of British Polo Gin and a Sunday roast in the Clubhouse.
Photograph: Exclusive Rooms defeated Red River Polo at AEPC. By ©Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com