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Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club (RCBPC) v Wales

RoyalCountyof Berkshire Polo Club, Berkshire
By T. Aylshott

15th June 2013


Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club 3-5 Wales 

Walesran out worthy winners in this mid-season season friendly which was played to a fair tempo throughout and produced some exciting end to end attacking polo from both teams.

The pitch which had literally just been used for the Prince of Wales tournament final was slightly cut up, and the weather conditions could only be fairly described as ‘four seasons in one day’, with light showers being interspersed with a biting wind in between the odd burst of sunshine.

Sponsored by Welsh gold company, Clogau, the Wales team played Ricky Cooper(Capt) upfront, supported by Andrew Blake-Thomas with Roddy Matthews and Pete Webb taking care of business at the back. The match proved to be a very useful contest forWalesas the team move towards some demanding fixtures over the next couple of months.

The RCBPC team comprised twoEnglandinternationals, Nacho Gonzalez and Jamie Morrison whom as expected created problems for the Welsh throughout the match and asked questions in all areas of play which could only have been to the benefit of the visitors.

The first chukka got off to a good start forWaleswith Matthews firing in a spot penalty from 150 yards out which was seized upon by Webb who made no mistake in hitting the target with a skilful angled lofted shot from 30 yards out. The rest of the chukka remained pretty evenly split with possession changing hands frequently as players were beaten by the bounce of the ball more than anything else.

The second chukka started immediately with a penalty awarded toWales, for an infringement in the goal area and Webb calmly slotted home to make the score 2-0 to the visitors.Walesthen took their foot off the gas and were almost caught napping when Paolo di Filippo picked up a great pass from Gonzalez, 50 yards inside his own half and made a break the length of the field, leaving Blake-Thomas to sufficiently pressurize his opponent which ended up in di Filippo’s shot narrowly missing the Welsh goal. The score at half time remained at 2-0 to Wales.

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