The summer finally got under way in the UK as Cotswold’s tournament was bathed in glorious sunshine. The sun also shone on the home team as they took first and second in the A grade, which was played as a four team round robin. They also picked up best male and female via Rachel Gayler and Luke Mathie and the two best horse prizes for Aleisha and Careole.
In the B grade it was the chance for new club Rugby to shine and in particular their Australian import Luke Lossberg. He was in devasting form as he powered Rugby through their pool putting first Kent and then Canterbury to the sword. Vale Impi met Rugby in the final having also won their group pretty easily but their African flare could not stand in the way from the man from down under and Rugby claimed the win and Luke took best male player and best horse for Dakota. Layla Henshaw playing for Cotswold won best female.
In the C grade it was the Welsh Dragons who emerged victorious, defeating Pennine in the final and Lauren Williams picked up best female player. In the D grade it was Canterbury Colts who overcame Celyn in a hardfought final to claim the prize. A solid all round team performance was topped up by some great link up play from Chris Lampard at number 2 and Max Schellerer at number 1 in the second section.
In the Lower D grade it was again Rugby who emerged victorious as they won the round robin competition with Ledbury claiming both second and third spots. Phil Henshaw of Rugby showed that anything his daughter can do he can also do as he won best male player while Lydia Boyle won best female for her commanding performances in a number 3 shirt for Celyn.
In the Novice grade it was Celyn who won the day as they saw off a strong Vale Impi challenge as the Impi ended in second and third spots. Alexa Holland of Celyn won best female and Dean Dibsdale (of Playing it Straight fame) showed he is also playing polocrosse well as he claimed best male player.
In the Primary Juniors it was Kent who claimed the top spot as they defeated Ledbury and mixed team into second and third respectively. Bella Kish of Kent claimed best female and best pony while Hugh Ralli of Ledbury took best male.
As always Cotswold pushed the boat out on the Saturday night and hosted a Greek gods and goddesses party which was a huge success, complete with suitably themed (and probably suitably dangerous) party games. Now the UK polocrosse community hopes that this is the start of the season in earnest as the weather continues to improve and the flood waters recede!
Lower D Grade
Aleisha – Charlotte Pykett (Cotswold)
Careole – Dan Kelly (Cotswold)
|Dakota – Luke Lossberg (Rugby)
|Hugh Carthew’s Horse (Welsh Dragons)
|Ducassa – Max Schellerer (Canterbury Colts)
|Icicle – Hayley Marsh (Ledbury)
|Bella Kish’s Pony