Ghana lose to England in Independence Polo Cup

Polo Ghana vs EnglandIt was a fun filled day as Ghana engaged their counter parts from England on the occasion of the former’s 58th Independence Anniversary at the Accra Polo Grounds.

Team Ghana were hoping to retain the crown they won when the two teams met last year on the same occasion but England had other plans of their own.

Ghana succumbed 6 to England’s 6 ½ in the final analysis. Team Ghana took the lead twice after suffering a handicap by one and half before play began, but managed to equalize in the opening minutes when Eric Gene made the score difference by only a half after a full gallop shot into the empty post.

England scored two fast goals and made it 3 ½ to 1 before Ghana captain Damien Duncan added to Ghana’s tally to make it two.

In the second chukker, Ghana scored again through Harold Awuah Darko before Eric Gene added another to make it four to four and half.

The third chukker witnessed a goal drought, but surprisingly Ghana took the lead to make it five to four and half before the visitors leveled.

England scored again as Ghana led in the fourth and final chukker by six to five and a half for England.

But a master stroke from England captain, Alaister Paterson, gave the visitors the much deserved win.

In the individual award category, the horse, Princessar, ridden by Captain Damien Duncan, won the Best Pony while England Captain Alaister Paterson grabbed the best player trophy.

The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, who presented the trophy to the winners, described the score line as “diplomatic one” and congratulated both teams.

The captain of the Accra Polo Club, Kwakye Dopoah Dei, disclosed that 17 new juvenile olayers were currently being trained to take over from the old players.

By Kwame Larweh/ Graphic Sports