The Black Eagles had been named Guards Polo Club's Most Successful Team at the annual Chairman's Dinner on the Saturday night. The following day they reiterated their position by winning the Club's final tournament of the 2012 season, the Autumn Nations Cup. They defeated Alan Fall's Mad Dogs 8-7 in a close game that went to extra time.
Fittingly this was a great finale to the season as both teams were keen to win - this being their last opportunity to impress the informed Guards spectators before the Club closed for the winter. Neither team could pull away convincingly and achieve a commanding lead and so it was of little surprise when Mad Dogs' Guillermo Cuitino levelled the score 7-7 with just seconds left on the clock. So with all to play for both teams returned to The Queen's Ground for an extra fifth chukka. However James Rome saw an opportunity for the Black Eagles and took it, giving patron Jonathan Munro Ford another victory and some more silverware.
The subsidiary final saw a victory for Saad Audeh's Hetman, who defeated Azzura 6-5. These teams were just two of the 12 squads that took part in this 12-goal competition, which is traditionally played as the final tournament of the season.
Black Eagles: James Rome (2); Jonny Good (5); Chris Hyde (6); Jonathan Munro Ford (-1). Mad Dogs: Alan Fall (0); Guy Gibrat (3); Guillermo Cuitino (6); Will Hine (3).
Hetman: Saad Audeh (0); Manuel Plaza (4); Pancho Marin Moreno (6); Manuel Guevara. Azzura: Stefano Marsaglia (0); Carlo Marsaglia (-1); Marcos Araya (6); Manuel Fernandez Llorente (6).
Susie Green-Armytage with the finalists of the Autumn Nations Tournament (Images of Polo)