It was a historic day for Cirencester on Sunday, as the club was once again leading the way for ladies’ polo in the UK hosting an England V Argentina High Goal Ladies International game at Ivy Lodge, following on after the Bledisloe Warwickshire Cup Final. Argentina started with an upper hand and the game was very close, but it was home side England who were victorious, with a final score of 5 to 3 1/2.
Mounted with horses from the Queen’s Cup winners Dubai and with a handicap start, Argentina may have appeared to have the upper hand at the start of the game, but the English had the advantage of not being unaccustomed to a bit of wet weather. As the rain continued throughout the game, England gained ground.
Keen to catch up on the 1 1/2 handicap goal lead of Argentina, Sarah Wiseman scored first for England, leaving only half a goal between them by the end of the first chukka.
With her father watching intently from the sideline, Mia Cambiaso showed her natural talent to score a spectacular goal in the second, exhibiting skills throughout the match that makes her one to watch out for in the future.
Tamara Fox brought the score to 2 to 2 ½, igniting cheers from the England players’ tent. However, Paola Martinez pitched a perfect penalty to bring the score to 2 to 3 ½ in the third and it looked like Argentina was getting even closer to victory. The tide began to turn when Sarah Wiseman powered through not one, but three consecutive goals in the second half. Despite the fierce play from Argentina, they could not gain ground and the bell rang with the score at 5 to 3 1/2 in favor of the home team.
Tamara Fox won the Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player award and took home the Best Playing Pony prize for her grey mare Lego whom she played in the first chukka, presented by Stephanie Powers and Doctor Dawn. Tamara was the driving force behind the International game and did an incredible job to make it happen.
“What a weekend!” said England captain Hazel Jackson on her second time captaining the England ladies team to victory. “It was a dream to play alongside Tamara, Sarah, and Claire with the pretty phenomenal coach Nina (Clarkin). Also, a big thank you to the talented Argentine ladies team who played a great game. Finally, it was great to see so many supporters out for the big day at Cirencester Park Polo Club. Your support means so much to us and the sport.”
1 Mia Cambiaso 2
2 Paola Martinez 7
3 Lia Salvo 9
4 Maria Bellande 7
1 Hazel Jackson 7
2 Tamara Fox 7
3 Sarah Wiseman 7
4 Claire Brougham 6