Twelve Oaks claimed a tight 10-9 win over Great Oaks Les Lions in extra chukka, and captured the Justerini & Brooks Prince of Wales Trophy the opening tournament of the 22-goal season in England, and hosted by the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, following a thrilling championship match, played on Saturday May 14. It was indeed an amazing success for Charlie Wooldrige’s foursome, in their first ever season within British high goal.
The much anticipated final had a better start for Dillon Bacon’s team, or at least in the two first chukkas. By the end of the second chukka, they had a 5-2 lead. But things would change from the third chukka onwards, when Twelve Oaks found their best form and closed the gap to just one goal in the two following chukkas, until they managed to reach a 9-all in the sixth and last episode, which forced an extra chukka. Within three and a half minutes into OT, a a 60-yards penalty awarded to Twelve Oaks and was successfully converted by Joaquín Pittaluga, to secure the title for Twelve Oaks in order to seal a fantastic debut for the team in their first time at British high goal.
The 2022 edition of the Justerini & Brook Prince of Wales Trophy saw ten teams, up to 22 goals, compete for the title.
THE JUSTERINI & BROOKS PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY WAS STREAMED LIVE ALL OVER THE WOLD AND FREE OF CHARGE ON POLOLINE TV.
JUSTERINI & BROOKS PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY – FINAL – SATURDAY MAY 14
TWELVE OAKS 10-9 GREAT OAKS LES LIONS (EXTRA CHUKKA)
TWELVE OAKS: Charlie Wooldridge 1, Cristian Laprida 8, Joaquin Pittaluga 7, John-Paul Clarkin 6. Total: 22.
GREAT OAKS LES LIONS: Dillon Bacon 2, James Beim 6, Juan Martín Nero 9, Cruz Heguy 5. Total: 22.
Score Twelve Oaks: 1-2, 2-5, 5-6, 8-7, 8-9, 9-9, 10-9.
Umpires: Tim Bown & Jason Dixon.
Third men: Julian Appleby & Howard Smith.
MVP: Cruz Heguy.
BPP: Vasca Orgía, ridden by Cruz Heguy.
Best Polo Argentino Bred: GETE, ridden by Cristian Laprida.
Justerini & Brooks Prince of Wales Trophy – Teams & Fixture
Justerini & Brooks Prince of Wales Trophy, Final, Twelve Oaks vs. Great Oaks LL