By Diana Butler, Communications Director Guards Polo Club. Photos by www.imagesofpolo.com (Tony Ramirez).
After three weeks of superb, high-goal polo 12 teams have been whittled down to two – Scone Polo and Park Place. I am not sure that this was the final one would have predicted back in May but both of these teams deserve their place in Sunday’s final.
David Paradice’s Scone Polo, the only new name on the team roster this year, had a terrible start to the competition, losing their first two matches. They found their form when it mattered though, winning their last four games.
This includes a mature and impressive performance over Top Srivaddhanaprabha’s VS King Power this morning in the first semi-final for the Hubert Perrodo Trophy.
Scone Polo produced some wonderful four-man polo, with their number four, James Harper being particularly impressive and superbly supported by the England team captain James Beim. This game was an almost perfect demonstration of running polo, with few umpires’ whistles and plenty of horseraces up and down the field.
VS King Power would often win a lineout but failed to convert some good polo into goals, although their patron, Srivaddhanaprabha, produced two impressive goals to keep his team in contention at key moments.
On the final whistle though it was no surprise to learn that Harper was named the Most Valuable Player, receiving his prizes from Carrie Perrodo, the widow of Hubert Perrodo.
Team-mate Nico Pieres, who also had a fast-paced and powerful game for Scone Polo, received the Best Playing Pony prize for Honey D’Amore, an Australian Thoroughbred he had only purchased three weeks ago.