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The Equestrian Polo Team Return Victorious From National Championship

The University of Portsmouth Equestrian Polo teams have come back from the national championships with a plethora of strong results.

(Pictured: Novice A Team)

In their division, the Novice team, made up of players Jenna Ritsema, Tate Smith and Lauren Bull, returned to Portsmouth having won two out of their four chukkas (matches).

A strong and confident performance from the team saw them finish fourth in their respective division. A heroic performance from Tate Smith saw her winning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) commendation.

In equally strong news, the beginners group, on their first outing at the Schools and University Polo Association nation championship (SUPA), won First Place in their respective division. Despite one of their players only having had six months’ previous experience in the saddle, the side conquered their matches to impress competitors. An inspiring performance from team captain Alice Stevens saw her awarded MVP for the match, while playing alongside team-mates Simon Horler and Alex Altuccini.

(Pictured: Beginner B Team)

Both teams train every-week with the help of Ryan Conroy at the Conroy Polo in Guildford, and the hard-work has obviously paid off for both teams.

The Chukka results for both teams are as follows:

Novice A Team: Chukka 1, Portsmouth 2- 1 UWE. Chukka 2, Portsmouth 1- Durham 1 (Portsmouth win on penalties). Chukka 3, saw Portsmouth narrowly lose 3-4 against a strong Kent team who had, in other games, destroyed opponent teams 8-0 in their respective matches. Final Chukka, Portsmouth 1-1 Bath (Bath won on penalties).

Beginner B Team: Chukka 1, Portsmouth 2- 1 Warwick; Chukka 2, Portsmouth 3-2 Nottingham; Chukka 3, Portsmouth 3-1 Oxford; Chukka 4, Portsmouth 2- 2 Exeter.

The Equestrian Polo Team are looking for new members, and offer normal riding lessons as well as Polo lessons.

For more information, you can contact Jenna Ritsema on equestrian@upsu.net

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