England Reign Supreme in the Kings Head Hotel Ladies International Match against Argentina
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 on Ivy Lodge, following on after the Bledisloe Warwickshire Cup Final. Argentina started with the upper hand and the game was very close, but it was home side England who were victorious, 5 - 3 1/2 the final score.
Mounted with horses from the Queens 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 and as the rain continued throughout the game, England gained ground.
Keen to catch up on the 1 ½ 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 side-lines, 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 for the future.
Tamara Fox brought the score to 2 – 2 ½, igniting cheers from the England players’ tent. However, Paola Martinez pitched a perfect penalty to bring the score to 2 – 3 ½ in the third and it looked like Argentina were getting ever closer to victory. The tide began to turn when Sarah Wiseman powered through not one but three consecutive goals in the second half and despite fierce play from Argentina they could not gain ground and the bell rang with the score at 5 – 3 1/2 in favour of the home team.
Tamara Fox won The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player award and also took home the Best Playing Pony prize for her grey mare Lego who she played in the first chukka. 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 this her second time captaining the England ladies team to victory.
"It was a dream to play alongside Tamara, Sarah and Claire with a 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”