Polo: GTBank wins Royal Salute Corona­tion Cup

Daily Trust - - SPORT - From Ya­haya Ibrahim, La­gos

The GTBank Com­mon­wealth Team, made up of play­ers from Pak­istan, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada at the week­end de­feated the Eng­land team to win one of Polo’s most iconic tro­phies.

The match, which was played on the pres­ti­gious Smiths Lawn at Guards Polo Club, As­cot, within the mag­nif­i­cent sur­round­ings of Wind­sor Great Park in Lon­don, United King­dom.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the spon­sored of the tour­na­ment, the GTBank Com­mon­wealth Team de­feated the Eng­land Team 12 - 11 in what was an amaz­ing show­piece of fast-paced polo filled with pure passion, com­pet­i­tive­ness and fair play.

The Com­mon­wealth team, rep­re­sented by South African Chris Macken­zie, Cana­dian Fred­die Man­nix, Pak­istani His­sam Ali Hy­der and New Zealan­der John Paul Clarkin de­feated an English team of tour­na­ment vet­er­ans Jack Richard­son, Max Charl­ton, James Beim and James Harper to be­come only the sec­ond guest team to win Royal Salute Corona­tion Cup since 2009.

“This year’s Royal Salute Corona­tion Cup show­cased in­ter­na­tional polo at its best. I would like to thank the or­ga­niz­ers of this event for cre­at­ing a world-class plat­form on which to pro­mote polo to an in­creas­ing au­di­ence,” Bri­gadier John Wright, Chair­man of the Hurling­ham Polo As­so­ci­a­tion was quoted as say­ing.

The Royal Salute Corona­tion Cup is one of the most his­toric of polo tro­phies which an­nu­ally pits the finest in­ter­na­tional play­ers against the Eng­land team in a con­test at­tended by members of the Bri­tish Royal Fam­ily as well as dis­tin­guished per­son­al­i­ties from the world’s Diplo­matic, Aris­to­cratic, Busi­ness, Arts, Gov­ern­ment and Celebrity cir­cles

Com­ment­ing on the Bank’s spon­sor­ship of the Com­mon­wealth Team, Se­gun Ag­baje, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Guar­anty Trust Bank plc, said; “We are proud to spon­sor the Com­mon­wealth Team in a tour­na­ment that is sec­ond to none in the world of Polo and which show­cases the noble val­ues of passion, qual­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness - val­ues deeply en­shrined in the GTBank cul­ture and which have made the bank a truly African and proudly in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion.”

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