Monday 11th December 2017

Edinburgh Annual Polo Tournament

Edinburgh University Polo Club hosted The Edinburgh Annual Tournament over 17th to 19th November 2017.

Student Polo Clubs from all over Scotland (and Northern England) made their way to Dalmahoy Estate to compete in three divisions over the three days.

A set number of points were awarded for each chukka won, tied or lost to determine the winner of each division. If two teams earned the same number of points, winner was determined by goal difference over all four chukkas.Seven teams competed in the beginner division, most players never having played a tournament before. Aberdeen and Stirling 2 both came out of the first two days strong with 3 wins and no losses. They faced off against each other in the last beginner chukka and Stirling won the chukka 4-0, securing the win for the division.

The talent in the novice division was spread amongst more teams. Leeds and Stirling both won all three of their first chukkas but couldn’t pull off a clean sweep and lost their fourth. Leeds lost to Aberdeen 1, giving them the third win they needed to match Leeds and Stirling. With three teams (out of seven in the division) each with three wins and a loss, the division was decided by goal difference putting Leeds into the winning seat.The intermediate division proved to be quite a competitive race. It became clear early on that Newcastle and the Royal Dick Vets were fierce, each easily winning their first three games on Saturday. Both teams have a history of winning this division of The Edinburgh Annual Tournament; The Royal Dick Vets winning last year and Newcastle winning the year prior. St Andrews 2 proved themselves on Sunday by winning all three games, however a loss to the Royal Dick Vets in the first round meant they were out of the running for the division champs. Newcastle and The Royal Dick Vets faced off in the final chukka of the tournament, both teams executing accurate shots and brutal ride offs in a truly faced paced match. The Royal Dick Vets managed to score four goals to Newcastle’s two, allowing them to defend their title as Intermediate Division victors.

Overall a great tournament with fantastic displays of confident play. Many thanks to the Dalmahoy Estate for hosting and to the Polo Chair, Simone March, for her involvement.Full results can be found HERE and for more photos from the event check out our Facebook Page.