Prince leads the Army to victory

Prince leads the Army to victory

Prince leads the Army to victory

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PRINCE Harry helped polo players from the Army to beat the Royal Navy during the annual Rundle Cup Day which took place in the grounds of Tedworth House.

The Rundle Cup match is the hotly-contested polo competition played every year in Tidworth between players from the Army and Royal Navy.

Last Saturday’s event, which was attended by a record 6,000 people, combined the dramatic speed and skill of two exciting polo matches with the lighthearted good humour of the charity match.

The morning saw the Jockeys v the Eventers game followed by the Inspire Foundation wheelchair race and the stars of polo future with the Pony Club Jorrocks exhibition match.

There was also music from the Band of HM Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, a trade village and plenty of people taking the chance to have a picnic in the sun.

The pre-match to the main fixture saw the Combined Services Polo Association battle it out with a visiting team from South Africa.

A close match saw great skills from both sides, with the South African team winning by just one goal at 6-5.

All eyes were on HRH Captain Harry Wales in the Rundle Cup, but it was Sandhurst officer cadet Paddy Selfe who stole the show, scoring 5 of the 7 goals that saw the Army win 7-5.

He said: “It was amazing to play for the Army team as an officer cadet in my first ever Rundle Cup.”

The Navy team’s Cdr Adrian Aplin said: “The Army deserved to win.

“They worked incredibly close as a team and it was a hard fought game.

“We were delighted when we pulled back at half time and although we generated chances, we just couldn’t finish them!”

After the polo, there was a fun Celebrity Wheelchair Race followed by a two-furlong dash horse race with a magnum of champagne for the winning punter.

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