Polo Times Magazine Subscribe to Polo Times Home
HomeNewsTournamentsClassifiedsAbout usSubscribeContact

Mon 4th Mar 2019

Flannels England Rule the Arena

Playnation International Test Match for The Bryan Morrison Trophy

In the heart of West Sussex, Storm Freya very kindly delayed her impending arrival for the highlight of the international arena season, The Playnation International Test Match for The Bryan Morrison Trophy at The All England Polo Club, Hickstead. 
Prior to the main event, Hedonism Wines took to the field against Centtrip Wales for The High Goal Challenge, in front of a prepped and eager crowd. The play was fast and frenetic from the off, with Centtrip Wales quickly securing four goals to only one in response from their opponents early on in the first chukka. Centtrip Wales began to let things slip, losing patience, going into plays with little forethought. Hedonism Wines took advantage, bringing the scores to 4-4 at the beginning of the second chukka. Play was scrappy and full of whistle leading up to half-time, which saw the teams at 7-7 going into the break. Both teams clawed back in the final two chukkas, but Centtrip Wales made good on their earlier clumsy play, securing the title 19-13. Pete Webb was named The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player, whilst Gypsy, owned and played by Richard Blake-Thomas was awarded the Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug. 
Following the first presentation, the International Test Match got underway. From the first throw-in, the pristine team work and immense pace from the Flannels England side was something to behold. The French team, with noticeably less experience in the arena, were caught unawares on multiple occasions, as the Flannels England side notched up four goals in the first chukka to none in response, despite three penalty opportunities for the French. Going into the second chukka, Flannels England continued their goal scoring streak, bringing the score to a whopping 9-0 and it looked like France may never get off the starting blocks, but as Pierre Henri Ngoumou, fresh from his snow polo debut at The Snow Polo World Cup Kitzbühel finally managed to break the stalemate, commentator Chris Hyde commented, “Now we have a proper arena match”. Following the break Ed Banner-Eve, later named The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player, came firing out of the throw-in with a 10th goal for the Flannels England side, followed by another off the stick of the Captain Will Emerson. But, following three penalty ones in France’s favour, the scoreboard gap was narrowed slightly to 15-7 by the beginning of the final chukka. At this point, it would have taken a miracle for France to come back from such a large goal difference, but in arena polo, this was not such a small thing. With this in mind, Flannels England kept up the defence as France began notching up goals, but two penalty ones in the home side’s favour ensured with just 1.49 minutes to go, Flannels England were still far in the lead 17-9. The final moments went by in a blur of horsepower and frenetic passing, but there was nothing that France could do. Flannels England walked away with The Playnation International Test Match for The Bryan Morrison Trophy with ease, to a roar from the assembled home crowd. Ngoumou’s dark bay mare Pulga was named the Polo Times Best Playing Pony and was presented with its rug, alongside the team prizes, by Bryan Morrison’s son, and The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club Chairman Jamie Morrison. A full report will follow in the next issue of Polo Times, so click here to make sure your subscription is up to date. 
The High Goal Challenge Teams:
Centtrip Wales (13): Amy Guy (1), Richard Blake-Thomas (5) & Pete Webb (7)
Hedonism Wines (13): Evgeny Chichvarkin (1), Tim Bown (4) & Jonny Good (8)
The Playnation International Test Match for The Bryan Morrison Trophy Teams:
Flannels England (18): Ed Banner-Eve (6), Eden Ormerod (6) & Will Emerson (6 – Captain)
France (19): Clément Delfosse (6), Pierre Henri Ngoumou (7 – Captain) & Patrick Paillol (6)
Photograph: Flannels England secure The Playnation International Test Match honours for The Bryan Morrison Trophy. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

Follow Polotimes on Twitter

Other top stories

Thu 22nd Aug 2019
Arena Polo 2019/2020 Spur Ban
Trial for new measure

Wed 21st Aug 2019
Robert Graham
Robert Graham very sadly passes away

Tue 20th Aug 2019
British Junior HPA Championships
Stagshead Trophy

Mon 19th Aug 2019
Brunei & Ayala Reign in Sotogrande
48th Torneo Internacional Mansion de Polo

Wed 14th Aug 2019
Sotogrande Finalists Decided
Silver Cup Finals this weekend

Tue 13th Aug 2019
2019 Ambassadorís Cup
FIP announce schedule

Mon 12th Aug 2019
The Frasers Pony Club Polo Championships
Cowdray welcomes hundreds of young guns

Thu 8th Aug 2019
Sotogrande in Full Swing
Plenty of polo action

Mon 5th Aug 2019
Sotogrande Begins
Play commences in sunny Spain

Mon 5th Aug 2019
Neil Hobday to Leave Guards
CEO announces he is to leave Guards Polo Club at the end of the season

Tue 30th Jul 2019
Polo Times Out This Week
August issue of Polo Times

Mon 29th Jul 2019
Argentina Lift Coronation Cup
The International Test Match at RCBPC

Fri 26th Jul 2019
HPA Release Proposed 22 Handicap Changes
List published awaiting ratification

Thu 25th Jul 2019
The International Test Match for The Coronation Cup
Only two days to go

See all news in:

End of Polo Times news page

Advertiser information Contact us Subscribe Work for us All information is subject to copyright 2015


Latest Classified

Latest Classified

 Get into Polo

Get started in polo

Information on how to get started in polo
 Destination of the Month

The global game

Holidays and breaks playing or following polo around the world

Online magazine

Login to read current and back issues of the magazine
 Find your nearest club

Club contacts

Find your nearest polo club
Cookies in Use