Sunday 11th March was the first time the CCJS polo teams had ever played a competitive match and had no idea how they would fare against the other schools. They fielded three teams – one team in Division 2 and two teams in Division 3.
Winners of Division 2: Zac Beim, Benedict Schallamach, Arthur Townend
Division 2: The boys played their first chukka of the tournament against Summer Fields who were prevented from scoring due to good teamwork by CCJS. Zac was able to score four goals with some impressive stick work. Their second chukka against Cothill saw Benedict take the first two strikes of the chukka and score. Shortly afterwards it was Arthur’s turn and the boys were looking confident. Cothill rallied and scored twice to ensure a nail-biting last minute during which they just managed to pop another one in the goal. However, the close score ensured a position for the CCJS team in the play-off for 1st and 2nd place.
The final was played predominantly in the Cheltenham half and the boys worked fantastically well as a team, with Arthur hanging back and ensuring he was consistently in the right place. The team scored two goals and kept the Beaudesert team from scoring and thereby claimed first place in their division. Well done.
Most Valuable Player of the Tournament: Zac Beim
Division 3: Runners up: Lucy Meecham-Jones, Charlotte Maddinson, Isabella England, Felicity Townend, Mia Hurst (Playing in Blue and White)
4th: Case Lake, Victoria Edwards, Philip Edwards, Kaela Wilson (Playing in Cerise and Black)
The two teams in Division 3 started the Tournament by playing each other. ‘Blue and Whites’ were pitted against ‘Cerise and Blacks’ but came off better as Felicity determinedly went for goal three times. Also in the Division were a very strong team from Langley, who had travelled all the way from Norfolk and seemed keen to make it worth their while. The ‘Blue and White’ team were able to prevent them from scoring more than two goals but the ‘Cerise and Black’ team, despite a valiant effort, conceded a few more. The Beaudesert Park Rats, on their own, very nippy, little ponies just defeated the ‘Cerise and Blacks’ despite a goal from Victoria, but were unable to stop the ‘Blue and Whites’.