The first international polo match between England and the United States was played south of London in Sussex on Sunday (25 July).
The first international polo match between England and the United States was played south of London in Sussex on Sunday (25 July). The teams were competing for the Coronation Cap, which was inaugurated 60 years ago to commemorate the Coronation of King George the Fifth.
The first part of the match saw the English team take the advantage, but they were eventually outplayed by the Americans. The United States won the match by nine goals to six.
SYNOPSIS: England in the dark shirts, with the United States in white, as the teams met for the first international polo match between them Since 1936. The match was played south of London in Sussex, on Sunday. The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, missed selection for the English team, but acted as referee.
The English horsemen gained the advantage early on, and managed to hold the lead through the first two chukkas. The teams were competing for the Coronation Cup--inaugurated sixty years ago to commemorate the Coronation of King George the Fifth.
Attack has always been stressed in the game of polo as played in the U.S., and that strategy began to pay off for the Americans at Cowdray Park on Sunday. The park is named after Viscount Cowdray who did much to revive the game in England, following World War Two. The U.S. goal here was one of nine-enough to defeat the English and their final total of six.
Presenting the trophy to the American team was Mr. Walter Annenberg, wife of the American ambassador to the United Kingdom.
The English team also received congratulations. Although of ten thought of as primarily an English and Europe an game, the United States and Argentina have become the leading polo-playing countries in the world. A variant of the game, arena polo, is played indoors in the winter in North America. The winning of the Coronation Cup, should establish the United States as an international polo power.