By Indranil Halder
It was the ‘freedom’ weekend after the Sydney pandemic lockdown. Polo game in Sydney is back. Peter Higgins (who played against British Royal at The Chakravarty Cup polo match) welcomed us to his grand Sydney Polo Club property on 31/10/2021. As polo player Mahiraj Singh (Mahi) told his stories of globally recognised brilliant Calcutta Polo Club team, we enjoyed Moët champagne and Indian grazing box filled with jilabi, Indian street food and ferrero rocher chocolates.
Sydney Polo Cup Update :
The first chukka couldn’t have gone better for Phoenix Polo (Adam Meally (2) Ferdinand Furch (0) Jason Varker Miles (0) and Matt Barnett (-1) ) quickly putting in three goals off the mallet of Captain Adam Meally against home team Sydney Polo (Lance Sheppard (1) Nick Wayland (1) Georgia Higgins (-1) and Aonghus Stevens (-2) who remained on the 1/2 goal handicap score at the beginning of play. A late team change for Sydney Polo saw Lance Sheppard substituted for Ed Thirwell and for the home team it took a couple of chukkas to get their rhythym but it was the opening chukka that made the final hurdle a hard one to reach.
In the final chukka, Georgia Higgins scored a cracker of a goal early in the chukka and Nick Wayland added two more and with still over a minute left on the clock suddenly it seemed possible that Sydney Polo might be able to claim a second title for the day but a strong goal from Ferdinand Furch for Phoenix Polo put the win out of reach for home team and when the final hooter sounded it was Phoenix Polo by 7 goals to 5.5 goals who claimed the title.
What a great match, what a great tournament from all the zero goal teams, congratulations to Phoenix Polo, our 2021 Champions and the worthy recipients of the prestigious Bentley Cup.