Royal Navy Polo
The 2020 polo season has had a rather slow start, so I thought I'd take the opportunity of some free time to go through my archive and put together some new galleries. One that has given me a fair bit of fun was the Royal Navy Polo gallery.
I first saw the Royal Navy Polo Team at a tournament organised by the Honourable Artillery Company Saddle Club on a makeshift polo pitch on Thorney Island in September 2007. Since then, I've seen a lot of the Navy players and grown to know them. They are a nice bunch.
Polo was brought to the UK from India by the British Army cavalry regiments and that it was first played here on a ground that is now somewhere under Heathrow airport. The first games were chaos, but after the rules were codified something like the current game developed. The Royal Navy’s polo heritage extends back as early as the 1860s.
Polo needs skill, bravery, commitment and teamwork. It's an ideal military sport and as you would expect, it's something the Royal Navy is good at. I've put together this photo blog to celebrate their achievements and to remind us of what we can look forward to in the future. Eventually.
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If you like these photos, I've added a Royal Navy Polo gallery.
But there are times the skills fall over, as do the goal posts.
Sometimes bravery is not enough and you have to fall back on being lucky
The Royal Navy Polo Team a very friendly group and show respect for their opponents
After the games there's the presentations. The Royal Navy gets a lot of trophies.
After the presentations, comes the celebrations
This last photo is one of my favourite polo photos.
Behind the scenes there are the vital polo grooms.
There are the pre match and between chukkas pep talks
Sponsorship is vital in polo, so here's the sponsor for the Hackett Rundle Cup.
The Navy can take the Duke of York's Cup away with them.
But is does have to come back the next year.
Although there's a great deal of fun with the Royal Navy Polo Team, they are very competitive and don't always win.
I hope it's not going to be too long before we can meet up for some more polo.