Having had Snow forecast just seven days earlier it was quite unexpected to be basking in glorious sunshine and temperatures of 20+ degree’s for the first tournament of the season, Colins Cup. As always many thanks to Viv Woods and family for hosting this very popular tournament.
Jamie Murray’s TLC Unlimited, the winners in 2015, again made it to the final to try and defend their title against Martin Costello’s Hayman Drums.
Both teams had convincing wins in their semi finals so a fast and exciting final was expected. After a very cagey first part to the first chukka with a penalty each to both teams, Martin Costello scored the first field goal of the game. End of chukka one, 2 – 1 to the Drums
TLC’s Will Brasher had a couple of really fast long runs on a lovely chestnut pony but had to wait until his third attempt to tie the scores only for Costello to be on target again, half time and the Drums still lead by the narrowest of margins. 3- 2
Start of the second half and Brasher scores with an amazing nearside shot but that was to be the only time the scores would be close again as Ben Sim and Cody Jones suddenly start combining well together and Sim scored five unanswered goals one in particular stood out, picking up the ball out wide on the boards running around everyone and slotting the ball between the posts on his lovely dark bay pony, Party.
Final score 8 – 3 in favor of Hayman Drums, TLC Unlimited will have to come back next season to try and reclaim the Colins Cup.
Hayman Drums – Mosses Fiddian-Green, Martin Costello, Cody Jones & Ben Sim.
TLC Unlimited – Jamie Murray, Jason McCreight, Jamie Scott & Will Brasher.
Best Playing Pony – Ben Sim’s “Party”
Hurtwood Park Polo Club