This year there will be two polo matches, one on Friday 26 June and the main ‘Watergate Bay Trophy’ match on Saturday 27 June. Both matches will be played at 6pm and will include top-class polo players.
Last year we played three matches, take a look at the match reviews…
Never before seen at Watergate Bay, or in the UK, two teams of ladies took to the sand in the opening match of the weekend. Teams from South West Polo and Veuve Clicquot stared in a line-up of rising female players from across the country.
The match consisted of four closely-fought seven minute chukkas with competitive play from both teams. At half time, Veuve Clicquot held a narrow lead of half a goal, but in the fourth and final chukka South West Polo fought back to win 7 goals to 5.5.
Playing to the same rules as the mens’ polo, the ladies match showed off some fast paced riding and nimble turns. With a slightly lower centre of gravity than the men, ladies have excellent equestrian balance, and are usually quick to turn and promote a tactical game.
South West Polo 7 goals/ Veuve Clicquot 5.5 goals
Watergate Bay Trophy
Representing First Great Western was Caspar West (3 goal handicap), Andrew Blake Thomas (5), and captain Jamie Le Hardy (7). Tim Vaux (4) returned to the sand as captain of Joules with team mates Daniel Loe (3) and Richard Blake Thomas (5).
Joules started with a two goal handicap advantage, but after intense back and forth play First Great Western scored their first goal of the match through Jamie Le Hardy. Richard Blake Thomas quickly retaliated, scoring with a long-range shot from 25 yards. First Great Western pulled level in the third chukka thanks to a penalty scored by Jamie Le Hardy. A thrilling fourth chukka ensued. Both teams fought for the winning goal, with a great move involving all three players from First Great Western resulting in a decisive strike from Tim Vaux to take the win at 6-7.
First Great Western 7 goals/ Joules 6 goals
Rest of the World Match
Back by popular demand the returning Cornwall team were fired up and looking to defend their trophy from a revised and rejuvenated Rest of the World team. Captain Daniel Loe (3), Tim Vaux (4) and Ben Marshall (1) were flying the flag for Cornwall against Amy Guy (0), Algy Sim (3) and team captain Richard Blake Thomas (5).
Chasing an initial lead by HSBC, the Cornwall team fought back to level the scores at four goals apiece going into the final chukka. In a dramatic move Tim Vaux scored a victory goal seconds before the final hooter blew, with Cornwall winning by 5 goals to 4 to the delight of the crowd.
Cornwall 5 goals/ RoW 4 goals
“A brilliant annual three-a-side exhibition match – the spectacular cliffs, expanse of sand and frothy waves provide a gorgeous setting.”