Emanuel and Yolanda Arber’s Emsworth Polo Team dominated the final of the Hildon Archie David Cup at Guards Polo Club. With an average age of 19, this young team overwhelmed their opposition, Tchogan/Libertine, to win the UK’s leading eight-goal tournament 9-3.
With 28 teams entering this tournament in 2021 just reaching the final is an impressive achievement but Emsworth were in determined fashion from the first throw-in. Some great team play saw Emsworth create a 5-0 lead at half-time. Gonzalo Ferrari, who spends his winters working for the La Dolfina team in Argentina and was playing three of Adolfo Cambiaso’s ponies in this game, teamed up brilliantly with Zac Beim to deliver some great plays on the Princes’ Ground. The Arber siblings, whose parents play with the family’s Four Quarters teams, were equally impressive and Emsworth’s cohesive style of play proved hard to beat.
Hugo Taylor, who had been playing in the high-goal Queen’s Cup for the UAE Polo Team ll just a few days earlier, and Tommy Severn combined well together but luck seemed against them on Saturday afternoon. Their team-mate Alexander Nix was particularly keen to win this tournament as his partner, Olympia Paus, had won the subsidiary earlier in the afternoon, but despite some good chances it was not to be.
Emanuel Arber was later rewarded with the Hildon Most Valuable Player prize. Team-mate Gonzalo received the Best Playing Pony prize for Vero. This 12-year-old chestnut mare was owned and bred by Matias Ballesteros and he joined Gonzalo and the Emsworth grooms for the presentation by Platina Tong.
The sub final for the Caterham Cup was a much closer affair, played earlier in the day. Quixote defeated last year’s winners, Louise Jebson’s CANI, 10-7. The third game of this tournament, for the Claude Pert Trophy, is just for those Club teams that have not made it through after the league stages. This was another close contest between Home Farm (rec ½ goal) and Shakib Polo. Oliver Heard’s Home Farm came out best, with Louis joining his brother to deliver this win.
Emsworth: Yolanda Arber (0); Emanuel Arber (1); Zac Beim (2); Gonzalo Ferrari (5). Tchogan/Libertine: Heiko Voelker (0); Alexander Nix (1); Hugo Taylor (3); Tommy Severn (4).
Quixote: Olympia Paus (0); Will Millard (1); Terence Lent (3); Tom Brodie (4). CANI: Louise Jebson (0); Emily Johnson (0); Grant Collett (3); Matias Amaya (5).
Home Farm: Oliver Heard ((0); Patrick Ephson (1); Louis Heard (1); Antonio Menard (5). Shakib Polo: Raphael Singh (0); Oli Fanshawe (1); Joshua Clover (2); Federico Boudou (5).
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