HONOURS were even when The Rising Sun, Milland, met The Deers Hut, Griggs Green for an inaugural polo match at Great Trippetts Farm, Milland.
Cheered on enthusiastically by regulars from both pubs, the result was a 5-5 draw.
Although spectators clamoured for a deciding chukka, the players, and more importantly the ponies, decided enough was enough in the scorching heat.
The Milland Polo Pub Challenge Cup was lifted jointly by team captains Clare Milford Haven (Rising Sun) and Virginia Hoare (Deers Hut).
Meanwhile, the final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup takes place tomorrow. (Sunday, July 20) on the polo lawns at Cowdray Park in front of some 2,000 spectators.
Petworth Town Band will be on hand to entertain picnickers and after the all-important British Open Final, the Blades Aerobatic Display team will swoop over the pitch. Tickets at the gates are £20 per adult, under-12s free, and free car parking. Gates open at 10.30am.
The Final of the Bloom Gin British Ladies Polo Championship takes place this afternoon (Saturday, July 19). Lila Pearson’s Cowdray Vikings team is defending last year’s title and she again has Lia Salvo, considered one of the world’s best lady players, on her team. Lia won the Award for Most Valuable Player in last year’s Final.
Women’s polo continues to grow, with many girls learning to play in the Pony Club. Playing the final on the same weekend as the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final indicates the increased stature of the women’s game.
The match is being held at Cowdray Park’s Ambersham grounds and entry is just £5 per head, under 12s free.