Anthony Donovan's Los Alquimistas team dominated the final of the Major General's Cup, defeating the Mathias family's Clarita team (rec 1/2 goal) 8-21/2. However the final score did not reflect the pace and competitiveness of this match, with both sides producing a wonderfully flowing and fast paced game of polo, with some great runs up the The Queen's Ground.
The recently appointed Major General to the Household Division, Benjamim Bathhurst, watched the final from the Royal Box, accompanied by many military members of the Club. He later presented Anthony, a former Surgeon Lieutenant Commander of the Royal Navy, with the trophy.
In addition, Anthony's team-mate Martin Brown was named Most Valuable Player in recognition of a strong performance throughout all four chukkas, while Seb Hancock, another Los Alquimistas player, received the Best Playing Pony prize for the 16-year-old grey Mr T, whom he had played in the first chukka.
The Major General's Cup was first presented to the Club 30 years ago this year and celebrates the Club's military links. It is open to both Club and military teams and this year attracted some nine entries. The Hackett Army team reached the sub final, which was played earlier in the day, but they went down 5-3 to the more senior (in age) Dad's Army team, created just for this tournament.