Apes Hill team defeat British opponents
The Invitational Lovelocks Polo Stud team from the United Kingdom got off to a losing start when the first major polo match to kick off the 2012 Barbados polo season was played on Tuesday at the Apes Hill Polo grounds in St James in picture-perfect weather.
The visitors, with a healthy 14-goal handicap, went down 5½-3 goals to Apes Hill who started the match with a 1½ goal advantage.
They were led by the eight-goal handicap international player Garcia Huidobro, Charlie Hanbury at five, George Gemmell with one and female Tida Woodd playing off a zero handicap.
In the first chukka, Jamie Dickson one of the highest handicapped players on the Island, opened the scoring for Barbados with a well-executed shot from 20 yards out that found the centre of the uprights at the southern end of the field.
He was ably assisted by team-mates Marc Atwell (2) Dave Allen (6) and Philip Atwell with a one-goal handicap.
The next two chukkas were a bit scrappy and did not offer the fans much excitement as neither side was able to stamp their authority on the game.
However, the game came to life in the third chukka for the Lovelocks team as they blasted three straight goals through the Barbados defense to lead momentarily at 3-2 ½.
All three goals, including a 40-yard penalty, came from the mallet of star player Huidobro.
As if to say “anything you can do I can do better”, Barbados reciprocated with three unanswered goals in the final chukka to leave the visitors shell shocked.
Veteran player Atwell broke away smartly from the pack after collecting a pass from Atwell to score the second official goal for Barbados. Moments later, Allen accounted for the third goal for Barbados, this time from the southern end of the field.
Dickson fittingly drove the final nail in the coffin of the Lovelock team with his second goal of the match at the northern end of the field.
The second match will be played today at the Lion Castle grounds, St Thomas at 3:30 p.m. and the final at Apes Hill on Sunday.