Shrewsbury School

Schools and Universities Polo Association (SUPA) National Championships

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Two teams represented Shrewsbury at the Senior Schools National Championships this year at the prestigious setting of the Black Bears Polo Club near Henley in Oxfordshire.

It was excellent to be able to field two competitive teams at such an illustrious ground and both teams acquitted themselves very well.

When congratulating the A Team (Milo Herbert, Ned Moreau, Ben Henderson and Dylan Griffith), three of whom were playing in their last ever match for Shrewsbury, their coach Glynn Henderson said he had never coached a school team of this quality and ability before and stressed how proud he was of the way they had played and conducted themselves during the tournament.

They finished in a highly contested intermediate section, only conceding one goal all day. They beat a vastly more experienced Millfield side and drew against Cheltenham in the opening match, Dylan Griffith the youngest member of the team scoring an amazing goal from half way down the pitch at full gallop.

Milo Herbert overcame the handicap of breaking one of his stirrup leathers in the match against Heathfield to ensure that the team again had a respectable draw with one goal apiece to both teams.

The B team of Oscar Hamilton Russell, Luke Russell, Jonty Gould and Bilal Anwar were mighty contenders in the Novice division, sweeping all before them to beat D'Overbroecks in the final, after beating Rugby (twice in two different chukkas) and Stowe on their march to the final.

All the boys were a credit to the school, brilliantly organising and managing the ponies during the day.

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