Jonathan Munro Ford stepped forward to receive the Duke of Wellington Trophy after his Black Eagles team won this popular 12-goal final. The Black Eagles dominated the first half, leading 4-1 at half-time. This was thanks to some accurate penalties from Chris Hyde and some excellent field goals from Jonny Good.
Alan Fall's Mad Dogs put themselves back into contention in the second half though, with some strong play from Will Hine and Guillermo Cuitino. The latter levelled the score to 4-4 in the third and although a Chris Hyde penalty gave the Eagles the edge once more going into the final chukka, there was now all to play for from both teams.
Another successful penalty from Hyde in the final chukka looked to ensure victory for the Eagles. However the Mad Dogs were keen to win this trophy too and kept battling, with Guy Gibrat scoring with only a minute or two left. Sadly for them, they could not find another in time to ensure extra time, giving a 6-5 victory to the Black Eagles.
The Duke of Wellington, a founder of Guards Polo Club and one of its Vice Presidents , presented the trophy to the winning patron.
It was another close game for the subsidiary final too. Dillon Bacon's Great Oaks won this match, defeating Northchurch with a 6-5 scoreline too.
Black Eagles: Jonathan Munro Ford (-1); Jonny Good (5); Chris Hyde (6); James Rome (2). Mad Dogs: Alan Fall (0); Guy Gibrat (3); Guillermo Cuitino (6); Will Hine (3).
Great Oaks: Dillon Bacon (1); Joaquin Bossignon (1); Nicolas Antinori (4); Gonzalo Garcia Del Rio (6). Northchurch: Andrew Dechet (1); Des Byrne (1); Pancho Marin Moreno (6); Antonio Manzorro (4).
The Duke of Wellington with Jonathan Munro Ford of Black Eagles (Images of Polo)