With the 2019 UK Polo season coming to a close we felt it would be fitting to take a look back over an extremely busy season for Hurlingham Polo teams…
We began in February at Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club for the Arena polo Gold Cup, our Hurlingham Polo team braved the wintery conditions and freezing downpours. Kept warm in our signature base layers. Hugo Taylor, Nico San Roman and D’Artagnan Giercke started the tournament well beating Tchogan, however, they lost their next two games to the eventual finalists, which sent them out of the tournament.
March arrived and with that brought the first Frasers England Test match of the year. Played at the All England Polo Club Hickstead in the arena. The French team lined up as opponents in the 18 goal fixture but they were no match for Frasers England who won by a huge margin, 17-9.
This Arena season we look forward to launching our long sleeve team shirts which will be help to keep out the chill in the colder winter months.
Next up was a trip to Australia for Frasers England team. The launch of our Dry Touch fabric technology in the team shirts came at the perfect time with the game being played in the height of the Australian summer. A 23 goal side of James Harper, Jimbo Fewster, Ollie Cudmore and Jack Richardson narrowly went down to the Australian side 9-8 in front of a crowd of over 2000 at Windsor Polo Club, Sydney. The Ladies match was next and unfortunately they also lost, despite a great game, to the Australians with the home advantage showing.
After a short turnaround the Westchester Cup in the USA was next. Frasers England took both a senior and junior team to battle it out against the USA in Florida. The juniors were up first and they lost by a couple of goals to a strong USA team a week prior to the main event. The Westchester Cup was an incredible game of fast end to end polo. Both teams were evenly matched and the scores were close the whole way through. In the last chukka Ollie Cudmore broke down the pitch looking like a certain goal. Only to leave the ball on the line. Agonisingly for Frasers England, USA took full advantage of this and scored the winning goal in extra time at the other end. The wait for an English win on American soil remains!
“Despite England’s defeat, what made the event to us, was seeing Hurlingham Polo branding surrounding the pitch”
(photo credits Diana Jenson, Polo People Places)
Back in the UK the summer season was full of action at all levels. In the high goal it was amazing to see the younger generation dominate and Barto and Jeta Castagnola lift the Gold Cup for Dubai. Our Hurlingham team had a successful season in the 18 goal VL series, reaching the semi finals in the Duke of Cornwall at Guards Polo Club against some well established high goal organisations. It was great to see winning photographs of numerous teams in Hurlingham bespoke team kits.
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Another highlight of 2019 was the Coronation Cup between Argentina and Frasers England. Although the result didn’t go our way the whole occasion was memorable and fantastic to have the best players in the world wearing Hurlingham on-field products.
For the rest of the calendar year we look ahead to the Argentine season where the Hurlingham team are once again playing. Lastly, the Argentine Open is sure to be one of the most exciting to date, where the best players in the world will showcase their talents.