ENGLAND FACES REST OF THE WORLD IN FINAL AUDI INTERNATIONAL POLO FOR 2103
Chester Racecourse – 7 September
England is to take on the Rest of the World to conclude the second edition of the Audi International Polo Series at Chester Racecourse Polo Club on Saturday 7 September 2013 – in what is guaranteed to be one of the spectacles of the polo season.
Once again, the Audi England team will head to the beautiful grounds of Chester Racecourse Polo Club in Cheshire to play the final Audi International of the 2013 series. Last month, spectators were treated to the memorable and exciting match at the Audi International at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, where England defeated a tough USA team to lift the historic and prestigious Westchester Cup.
Fresh from an impressive victory, the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) – the sport’s UK governing body – has just announced the England line-up for the Audi International at Chester.
Having never played as a team before, Luke Tomlinson will take captaincy, while his brother Mark Tomlinson will wear the Number Two shirt. Also selected are Nacho Gonzalez, who has donned an England shirt on numerous occasions, and Henry Fisher, a younger player who will be making his debut for the national team at this level. As regular teammates throughout their careers, the Tomlinson brothers have achieved both national and high goal success together in the past – most recently, they formed the half of this year’s victorious Westchester Cup side.
At international level, the competition is always high and the opposition on this occasion will be no exception. The Rest of the World team will be led by Glen Gilmore, Captain of the Australian team and currently Polo Manager at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park. He will be joined by Hissam Ali Hyder from Pakistan and Manuel Plaza de Ayala from Argentina, producing a line-up which has never been seen before but one which features individuals who have been successfully involved in the sport at this level. The fourth player is yet to be confirmed but the team will undoubtedly ensure the Rest of the World gives the England side a run for its money, as well as giving itself a chance at winning the Chester Diamond Jubilee Trophy.
David Woodd, Chief Executive of the HPA, says: “It has been a hugely successful year for English polo and the Audi Internationals have been no exception. The big game at Chester will be tough; the opposition has put other a strong team with a variety of players and styles from all over the world. It is impossible to predict who will be standing on the podium with the trophy at the end of the game. However, with a mixture of such talent and experience, it will certainly be a match worth watching.”