Five was certainly a lucky number for the winning team in the Chairman's Tournament last Sunday (16 September). Sifani/Los Alquimistas won the competition, defeating Clive Reid's AFB 5-3. This same scoreline saw Martina Lewis's Newton Heath defeat Hilali Noordeen and Louisa Donovan's Il Sole/Swims Polo in the subsidiary final too. Louisa returned to the presentation arena as she was named Most Valuable Player of the Chairman's Tournament.
The sub sub final winners were also in the mood to score five goals too. Jonathan Munro Ford's Black Eagles defeated Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz's Porto Ronco 5-4 to win the Silver Spoon and Alan Morello's Los Borrachos defeated Martin Davison and Alan Fall's Twelve Dogs 5-4 to win the Wooden Spoon.
However winning is not the main focus of the Chairman's Tournament, which saw eight teams compete in this 2-goal competition over six days. It is much more about patrons and players having fun and enjoying their final match moments of the 2012 season. Of course the opportunity to play on the high-goal Duke's Ground is also a great incentive, but the camaraderie among the teams is what always stands out in this tournament.
Sifani/Los Alquimistas: Hilali Noordeen (-1); Louisa Donovan (0); Maximilian Nastasi-Grace (0); Roddy Matthews (3). AFB: Clive Reid (0); John Gunn (0); China Leiva (2); Sebastian Hancock (0).
Newton Heath: Martina Lewis (-1); Mark Hayden Kellard (1); James Rome (2); Alastair Thomas (-1). Il Sole/Swims Polo: Elio Leoni-Sceti (-2); Christian Langaard (1); Marcus Hancock (20; Nick Swift (0).
Black Eagles: Jonathan Munro Ford (-1); Nick Pepper (3); Simon Holley (0); Jack Hyde (-1). Porto Ronco: Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz (0); Tomas Palacios Bacque (3); Charlie Holley (-1); Simon Holland (0).
Los Borrachos: Alan Morello 0); Matthew Thornley (-1); Charlie Scott (1); Tristan Pemble (2). Twelve Dogs: Martin Davison (-1); Alan Fall (0); Charlie Wooldridge (2); Alistair Walker (1).
All the teams pose for a final group shot (Images of Polo)