Duke of Cornwall Trophy

Hurlingham Polo team reach semi finals

The Duke of Cornwall Trophy, played at the illustrious Guards Polo Club in Windsor concluded on the 25thAugust with a gripping final between high goal organisations; Park Place and VS King Power, where Park Place narrowly took the victory. The 16 goal tournament attracted ten team entries including our very own Hurlingham Polo team. The team consisted of Jack Hyde, Glen Sheriff, Benja Urquiza and Hugo Taylor. 

Hurlingham’s first game was against Tempest on Cowarth’s number one ground. Going into the last chukka three goals down they managed to battle back to level the scores and take the game to an extra chukka. Benja Urquiza scored the winning goal to seal a dramatic comeback. 

In the second game against Shoreline the team were without Benja due to illness, and so Will Emerson played as substitute. Again, they went into the last chukka three goals down and clawed the lead back through great team play. However, Shoreline nicked a goal right at the death, and so, game was lost.

The third league game was played against Park Place, the eventual winners of the tournament. They had Barto Castagnola, fresh from winning the Gold Cup alongside fellow Argentine Juan Britos. With Benja still unavailable, the team was changed once again. A fairly level match took place, with Park place running away with it towards the end of the game coming to final score of 8-5. Hugo Taylor had a fantastic game and the team were unlucky with the result. This meant that the final league game was a ‘must win’ to get through to the main semi finals. Monterosso were the next opponents and to make the semi finals they had to win by at least three goals. Max Charlton, Manolo Fernandez Llorente, Hugo Lewis and patron Alessadro Bazzoni lined up for Monterosso. With the full team Hurlingham team back confidence was high. Throughout the entire match everything clicked and the final score was 8-4 to Hurlingham and they were into the Semi finals.

Coming to a finish; the Semi Finals were against Gold Cup runners up VS King Power. The match was tense and low scoring throughout. In the final chukka, King Power were on the right side of a couple of Umpire calls and subsequently converted their penalties. The score was now 4-3 in favour of VS King Power and they managed to hold on the book themselves a place in the final. The Hurlingham team had a fantastic tournament and we look forward to the 2020 season.

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