The England polo team beat South America by 10 goals to six in the Royal Salute Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club in Berkshire on July 25.
Sandwiched between two days of torrential rain, conditions on Saturday were perfect, and a huge crowd gathered for the climax of the British high-goal polo season.
Captained by James Beim, England were in the element on the rain-softened ground. Max Charlton scored the first goal of the match, and Luke Tomlinson — a stalwart of the England team for many years — swiftly followed suit.
Rodrigo Andrade got South America underway in the second chukka — and the nine-goaler from Brazil scored the majority of his team’s goals.
But England were always dominant. Each member of the team scored – Tomlinson’s brother, Mark, was the fourth member of the squad. Beim scored four goals, and Charlton three, with the Tomlinsons contributing three between them.
Brigadier John Wright, chairman of the Hurlingham Polo Association, said: “England’s success today is testament to the hard work and commitment that England captain James Beim and his team have brought to this game and I would like to thank everyone who has supported them, especially their fellow players who generously loaned ponies.”
The Prince of Wales presented England with the impressive Coronation Cup. England’s Charlton was awarded the Most Valuable Player prize, while Silver Lining, played by Andrade, was Best Playing Pony.
Image: a moment of the hard-fought match, by Images of Polo, courtesy of Guards Polo Club