By Diana Butler, Director of Communications Guards Polo Club. Photos www.imagesofpolo.com.
The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) has named the 25-goal team that will represent England – sponsored by Flannels.com – in their annual International match for the Royal Salute Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club on Saturday 29 July. England’s opponents will be an almost unchanged, 26-goal, GT Bank-sponsored Commonwealth team, winners of this prestigious trophy in 2016. In that memorable match, the Commonwealth team beat the home side 12-11 in a fast-paced and thrilling game.
James Beim, who is currently having a superb high-goal season with El Remanso, will captain England for the third time and his 10th as a member of the England team on this day. Max Charlton, the UK’s highest handicapped player, currently rated at seven goals, retains his England shirt along with James Harper, who made his debut in this event last year and has been impressing everyone in the high-goal, playing alongside James Beim in the El Remanso team.
The fourth member of the England squad for the Royal Salute Coronation Cup match sees the return of the former England captain Luke Tomlinson, currently playing at back with La Indiana, the Queen’s Cup finalists. Tomlinson’s experience of the big occasion – he is the most successful England polo captain ever – will be an added advantage to the home side.
David Woodd, Chief Executive of the HPA said: “Both teams produced a brilliant performance last year with England only beaten by a well prepared and equally tough team in the final minutes of the sixth chukka. Three of our players are having a very good season in the 22-goal which is always a help and all our players should be well mounted so, although we are a goal less and playing open, we are well placed to win this coveted trophy back from the Commonwealth.”
The GT Bank-sponsored Commonwealth team will again be captained by the Canadian International Fred Mannix Jnr. He will be joined by Pakistan professional Hissam Ali Hyder, a Board Director at Guards Polo Club, and John Paul Clarkin, the New Zealand Captain, both of whom played last year. The only change to Commonwealth team line-up from last year is that Australian five-goaler Dirk Gould has replaced South African Chris Mackenzie who is unable to play.
With the Swarovski England Ladies also in action against the USA Ladies, playing for the Diamond Jubilee Trophy in the Thai Polo Club Ladies International, the Royal Salute Coronation Cup Day offers two premier sporting events. Complementing these games is a variety of hospitality and ticket options to ensure a perfect day for players and spectators in the spectacular surroundings of Windsor Great Park.
To purchase tickets for the Royal Salute Coronation Cup – there will be no charge for cars, but everyone will require a General Admission or Stand Ticket – go to www.coronationcuppolo.com/tickets/ Substantial discounts are available for all members of the HPA. To find out more about one of the most prestigious days of polo in the English season go to www.coronationcuppolo.com.
ROYAL SALUTE CORONATION CUP TEAMS 2017
|GT Bank Commonwealth|
|James Beim (Capt)
|Hissam Ali Hyder
John Paul Clarkin
Fred Mannix (Capt)