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Wed 30th Jan 2019

USA Defeat English Arena Sides

Three consecutive international matches see USA reign supreme

In a seemingly endless torrent of rain on Saturday 26 January, three English teams succumbed to American might in the arena as teams battled for three consecutive international titles at The International Polo Club, Palm Beach, Florida.

Starting off the day’s matches, an American military team came up against a HACKETT Army side for the inaugural Churchill-Roosevelt Cup. Despite valiant play from both sides, which saw HACKETT Army up by a goal in the third chukka, the USA recovered quickly in the fourth to win 15-12.
It was the turn of the young guns next as a SUPA team came up against an experienced USPA I/I side in the seventh annual Intercollegiate Challenge Cup. SUPA were looking exceedingly strong going into this match and by half-time the side were leading 7-2. But the USA began to find their footing and by the fourth chukka, the teams were at 10 apiece. Demitra Hajimihalis, later named Most Valuable Player, scored her first and only two-pointer in the final moments, to only one in response from SUPA, thus ensuring the USA took home the Cup 13-11.
The final match of the day saw a fast-paced and defensive battle for the 2019 Townsend Cup. Receiving two goals on handicap, the Flannels England boys began the scoring, but their early lead was quickly subdued by the American force, with all the USA team members putting their names on the scoreboard in the first chukka. From then on, the USA held the advantage, ending the first half 9-5. Going into the final chukka, the Flannels England side still held a five goal deficit, despite a strong goal from Ed Banner-Eve. As the seconds ticked down there was little more Flannels England could do. The USA retained The Townsend Cup for the second time with Tommy Biddle Jr named Most Valuable Player, having scored eight of the USA’s 15 goals. 12-year-old mare Ruby, played by Pelon Escapite, was named Best Playing Pony.
 
Photograph: Despite valiant attempts by all three England teams, the USA proved too strong. By ©USPA/David Lominska

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