A first for Hickstead - Playnation Arena Polo Masters

Last weekend Team Astra took the title in the Playnation Arena Polo Masters at the All England Polo Club, Hickstead.

Astra (in black) beat Playnation in the final of the Playnation Arena Polo Masters Tournament. (Credit: Images of Polo)

Astra (in black) beat Playnation in the final of the Playnation Arena Polo Masters Tournament. (Credit: Images of Polo)

With four teams taking part in the tournament sponsored by Planation. The opening day of matches saw the Playnation team beat Gamestec, while Astra saw off opposition from Bell-Fruit Games.

All the players were back in action on Sunday, with the two victorious teams from Saturday’s matches playing off for the final. The first half of the match between Astra and Playnation ended in a draw, but then Astra’s Josh Clover upped his attack in the second half to push his side narrowly ahead.

Seb Dawnay played some superb polo to keep Playnation within reach, but eventually the combined firepower of Tom Morley, Josh Clover and Simon Arber saw Astra take the title over their rivals Playnation (Sebastian Dawnay, Sarah Wiseman and John Bunn), with the final score 11-9. 

In the subsidiary final, Gamestec (Tim Bown, Leon Allen and Paul Knights) won 17-14 in a narrow victory over Bell-Fruit Games (Richard Le Poer, Guy Harrison and Romilla Arber). 

“Congratulations to Astra, the winners of the inaugural Playnation Arena Polo Masters at Hickstead,” said Chairman of the All England Polo Club, John Bunn.  “Hopefully this will be the first of many more Masters Tournaments in the Hickstead arena.”

Plans are already underway to repeat the event next year, following the success of this year’s fixture.

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