The CHUKKA University Nations Cup
Following swiftly on the heels of the National University Championships, Offchurch Bury Polo Club once again hosted the Chukka University Nations Cup. A four-a- side, four chukka home countries tournament, with teams representing Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland from students at 11 different Universities.
The teams themselves supplied the Umpires with Glen Percy overseeing and helping from the side. Not often outdoor do you see a Penalty 1, but justifiably one was given and accepted by the defending team. What was noticeable as in the previous week at the Nationals was the acceptance by all the players to accept the penalty awarded and get on with the game, oh if only that was the case in club polo!
A crowd of parents and friends gathered along with Charlotte Gale from supporters Chukka to see the Welsh team come out of the blocks, faster than Usain Bolt to lead 6 – 0 before the Scots got onto the board and started to play, despite a brace by them, the Welsh team eased up to win the first semi by 6 – 2.
The second semi between England and Ireland saw a much closer affair with the score 3 – 2 in favour of the Irish at the end of chukka three, however Fiona Seager and Paul Ronan both opened up in the last to gain a clear 6 – 2 win and as such book their place in the final against Wales.
A boozy team get together and dinner at the Kings Head in Cubbington did little to dampen the spirits on the Sunday, and with National pride at stake, the University Students did not disappoint.
The first game between England and Scotland was an end to end game with both sides starting to play team polo, and although the score see-sawed eventually England ran out the winners by 8-6.
The final between Wales and Ireland was a great display and this started with the teams being piped onto the ground by Mr Munro, and the pomp was continued with champagne polo. Although -5 and -6 both sides played too a much higher level much to the delight of the spectators.
Ireland struck first but Wales were quick to reply and fitting to all finals the result could go either way with 2 minutes to go. However 2 quick goals for Wales gave them the victory and the title by 5 - 3
Charlotte Gale from Chukka and Michael Hobday from SUPA were on hand to present the prizes, and there were loads, including goody bags from Chukka to all the participants in what was a superb, fun tournament which is now establishing itself in the SUPA annual fixtures.
Paul Ronan from Dublin Institute of Technology collected the Polo Slice stick as Player of the Tournament.
3rd/4th: England 8 Scotland 6
1st/2nd Wales 5 Ireland 3
1. Millie Bagnall - St Andrews
2. Maxwell Treacy - RCSI Dublin
3. Fiona Seager - RCSI Dublin
4. Paul Ronan - Dub Ins Tech
1. Katriona Shrive - Royal Holloway
2. Rebecca Griffiths- Warwick
3. Archie Hirson - Royal Ag. Coll
4. Leo Hirson - Bristol
1. Jenny Willans - Warwick
2. Ed Shelton - Loughborough
3. George Shelton - Regents
4. Trisha Heylock-Vize - Imperial
1. Tom McAstley - Warwick
2. Amy Young -Loughborough
3. Dougie Munro -Edinburgh
4. Tessa Johnson - Edinburgh