The UKPA Ball was this year held at the Draycote Hotel just outside Rugby. It was a sellout and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. There were undoubtably some sore heads the next morning and frankly we would love to know where everyone slept because a lot of people (mainly young male polocrosse players) did not seem to have rooms booked despite warnings that the Draycote was not the sort of hotel where you could sleep in the lobby! A number of people slept in cars and also quite a few rooms had additional residents sleeping on the floors or in the bath! That, however, is half the fun of the ball!

The UKPA Awards 2007

Best Ladies

1) Ruth Jones
2) Debbie Harris
3) Sarah Simkin

Best Men

1) Guy Robertson
2) Hamish Michael
3) Martin Brookes

Chapple Shield for the Most Improved Player: Hannah Watkin

Minter Strover Trophy for an Under 16 who has contributed most to Pplocrosse as a player, in stick and horse skills, an ambassador to the sport, their club and the Association: Tom Macleod

Laura Millington Trophy for a Pony Club and UKPA member who has contributed significantly to the sport: Simon Amor

Charles Mason Trophy for a non-player and non-Executive member who has contributed significantly to polocrosse during the year: Dave King

Jock Kay Memorial Trophy for Best Horse of the season: Cindy Lee (Guy Robertson)

Player’s Player Award: Debbie Harris

New Awards in 2007

The Janet Jones Memorial Trophy: This award was donated in memory of Dawn Goodfellow’s mother. It is award for the main UKPA league
Winning club: Kent Target

The Cup for the league according to size (we haven’t given it a proper name yet!): This award was donated by Polo-X-treme
Winning club; Welsh Dragons

Risebridge Farm (Jason and Penny Webb) present a prize for the best up and comming Under 21’s
James Davidson and Beth Peaker

Equineweb presented “The Best & The Fairest”: A prize for all members of the UKPA to include overseas players
Todd Weston

Best Umpire (kindly donated by the Jenkinson family): Greg Sargeant
Most Improved Umpire (also kindly donated by the Jenkinson family): Danny Duhig

16 newly accredited umpires in 2007 are:

Alison Barnett,
Alex Rulon-Miller,
Hariett Kedie,
Mike Turner,
Steph Metcalfe,
Aggie Duhig,
Danny Duhig,
Rachel Imber,
Charlotte Pykett,
Claudia Richardson,
Iain Heaton,
Tessa Newton,
Caroline Kelly,
Beth Peaker,
Greg Burnett,
Kim Lampard