Polo: Brave Cambridge fall valiantly short

Harriet Wakeman 13 June 2013

Saturday 8th June saw the greatly anticipated 135th Varsity Polo Match between Oxford and Cambridge at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor. As the most prestigious event on the Polo calendar both teams were eager to put their long months of training into practice. A strong Cambridge side comprised of Simon Bewsey-Dyke, Casra Labell, Sam Browne and James ‘Willy’ Marshall, but faced tough competition from a Oxford line-up including ‘four-goaler’, Lanto Sheridan, whose experience was evident throughout.

In the first chukka the Light-Blues held strong, managing to only let three goals in as a result of some strong ride-offs and aggressive play from a, somewhat dubious, Oxford offense. Cambridge played well and got close to the goal mouth on several occasions, but it was clear from the outset that this was not going to be the 20-3 Dark Blue trashing that occurred last year.

In the next three chukkas Cambridge were forced onto the defensive through strong individual play and some seriously impressive goals by Sheridan, who seemed to be playing almost every position at once! Despite this, the Light Blues ploughed on admirably with gallant determination, and this paid off as they began to close the arrears by scoring three goals.

However, despite a valiant effort the final score was 11-3 to Oxford. The score aside, it was a fantastic day for all with brilliant weather, Pimms and picnics all round. All was clearly not lost, especially as Sam Browne’s pony, Penina was awarded a prize for being the best playing pony of the match.

There was greater success in the Old Blues match with the Cambridge Old Boys thoroughly thrashing Oxford by a final score of 12-3.5, with ‘two-goaler’ Jeremy Allen particularly prominent.

Harriet Wakeman