Student Beehive and Jacaranda commenced the 2017 Peter Adams Agencies Summer Tournament in style with a hard fought game on Sunday. Jacaranda featured an altered line-up with Ed Banner-Eve slotting in place of Henry Porter in the Jacaranda team. Banner-Eve is a familiar face on the HPC field having played in many a club tournament before as an outside player. Now off a handicap of three goals Banner-Eve joined up with Hamza Mawaz for a formidable line-up with the purple patrons Robert and Henri de By
On the Student Beehive team were HPC player's Simon Chamberlain, Hugo Montgomery and Gus Prentice playing with professional player and Gold Cup winner Alastair Paterson. The match was a close affair with the teams level until the second half in which Jacaranda took an unassailable lead into the final bell.
The Vendetta were out again on Sunday this time taking on the Tigerstream team. Both teams were made up of club players. Vendetta were joined by club player Olivia Shea. The game turned out to be a great display of polo with end to end open play. Vendetta emerged victorious after a very entertaining match.
One the great annual match-ups at HPC is the RAF match. An all amateur line-up from HPC players took on the seasoned RAF team. HPC had luck in their hands with a strong performance in the first half. Unlucky for the RAF who had several close misses. In the second half the RAF team changed their game plan and through some excellent marking and teamwork pulled back several goals. The HPC lead from the first half was too strong though and by the final bell the home team were still ahead. We hope to see the RAF back again at the club next summer.
In the subsidiary final were Vendetta and Greenforde Farm. Both were HPC teams and they had been unlucky with their performances in the group games. Both worthy of a place in the final. The teams had a point to prove and it was Vendetta with Jimmy Wood who took the game to another level taking a healthy lead over their opponents. Greenforde Farm were unlucky with a few chances going amiss which could have put them into contention. Like the final it was the first half performance in the match that won the game. Vendetta taking home the subsidiary final plate.