Guards and Malta Polo Club cel­e­brate re­match

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Malta Polo Club re­cently travelled to Flem­ish Farm to play against the Guards Polo Club. This game was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be played at Malta Polo Club but bad weather forced the can­cel­la­tion of that game.

So Neil Hob­day and his team at Guards Polo Club in­vited Karl Galea and his team from Malta to Flem­ish Farm for a re­match.

The two clubs are closely as­so­ci­ated as the Pres­i­dent of the Flem­ish Farm HRH The Duke of Ed­in­burgh learned to play polo in the late 1940s at the Malta Polo Club.

This resched­uled game may have been a vic­tory for the Hil­don Guards team, who de­feated the Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port Malta Polo Team (rec 2 goals) 7-3 on the Cas­tle Ground at Flem­ish Farm, but this after­noon was much more about the ca­ma­raderie and his­tory of th­ese two clubs.

In ad­di­tion, this game was played in mem­ory of Chris­tian Heppe, the founder of Hil­don Min­eral Wa­ter and long time sup­porter of polo in gen­eral and Guards Polo Club in par­tic­u­lar. So it was won­der­ful to see sev­eral mem­bers of the Hil­don team sup­port­ing this event and con­tin­u­ing the Club’s strong bond with Hil­don.

Lord Pa­trick Beres­ford pre­sented the prizes, in­clud­ing the Polo Mag­a­zine’s Most Valu­able Player prize to Malta’s Ju­lian Mamo.

Karl Galea then made a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion, on be­half of Malta Polo Club, to Neil Hob­day.

Af­ter the game, ev­ery­one headed to the Duke’s Pav­il­ion at Smith’s Lawn for the tra­di­tional post polo feast - an asado. This was the per­fect way to con­clude a sport­ing after­noon and no doubt al­lowed time for the play­ers to plan an­other re­match back in Malta.

Hil­don Guards: KassemShafi; Roddy Matthews; Antony Fan­shawe; Tunde Karim.

Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port Malta Polo Club: Martin Ar­rigo; Ju­lian Mamo; Karl Galea; Des­mond Mizzi.

From left Karl Galea, Lord Pa­trick Beres­ford and Neil Hob­day

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