The teams met last just weeks ago in the Semi-Final of the Queen Mother trophy at Cirencester where Inglestone had won convincingly. They faced though a Four Quarters side that had played fantastic polo throughout the tournament and were playing attractive and expansive polo. The match had had to be moved from the IG Index no 1 ground to 3 cornered due to safety reasons after excessive rain. Conditions were so bad in the morning that two matches were cancelled, but management and ground staff worked hard to ensure that the final would be played in safe conditions.
Four Quarters looked the class of the field throughout and delivered a virtuoso performance in open, running polo with accurate passing, bold running and good stickwork. Inglestone put in a characteristically dogged and determined effort, chipping away at Four Quarters and keeping it to a one goal game until the middle of the third chukka. From there Four Quarters turned on the tap scoring four more goals. Inglestone added another early in the final chukka but it was Four Quarters who would emerge victorious 8-4, picking up not just the beautiful Prince of Wales cup but also valuable Victor Ludorum points.
“We needed a good ground to beat them” said a sheepish Tom de Bruin after the game (referring to the change in grounds.) “But to be honest they were just better today” he shrugged. “It’s one all now, Bring on round three” said a delighted Tom Morley after the game. That will certainly be one to savour…..
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