©Mark Beaumont

Facing off in the final of the British Ladies High Goal Championship for the Cowdray Rosebowl, an undefeated AM Polo CT battled Semper Anticus for the second time in the 22-goal tournament after previously claiming the 6-4 victory.

Sheikh Alya Al Maktoum led AM Polo CT in the number 1 position, followed by Azucena Uranga in the number 2 shirt. Argentine Candelaria Fernandez Araujo (8 goals) played number 3, while English 7-goaler Milly Hine was at Back. For Semper Anticus, Clarinda Tija-Dharmadi played number 1, while Lucy Coddington was at number 2. Rounding out their lineup, Tamara Fox (6 goals) and 10-goaler Nina Clarking played the 3rd and Back positions.

AM Polo CT opened the anticipated final on back-to-back goals from the field from Candelaria Fernandez Araujo and Milly Hine to establish an early lead. Two missed penalty opportunities in the opening chukka from Hine prevented them from extending the lead further and opened the window for a response from Semper Anticus’ Tamara Fox. Converting from the 30-yard line, Fox was followed by 10-goaler Nina Clarkin’s first of the match in open play to tie the contest at 2-all. Answering to Semper Anticus’ two goals, AM Polo CT’s Hine and Azucena Uranga each found the goal in the third chukka with an effective defensive effort contributing to their 4-2 lead entering halftime, leaving them just two chukkas away from the undefeated run in the tournament. 

Accelerating forward, Semper Anticus’ Milly Hine singlehandedly produced a spectacular three-goal run that included perfect 2 for 2 shooting from the penalty line, while also adding a field goal to suddenly increase AM Polo CT’s lead to five. Stunned by the stretch to begin the second half, Semper Anticus turned to their captain and experienced 10-goaler Clarkin to close the gap. Finding the posts twice, once each from the field and the penalty line, Clarkin brought Semper Anticus back within reach, trailing 7-4 after three chukkas. With their sights set on the title, AM Polo CT received a goal off the mallet of Uranga to double up Semper Anticus on the scoreboard. Using their defense to AM Polo CT to just two shots in the remainder of the chukka, Semper Anticus’ offense came to life once more as back-to-back goals from Clarkin were complimented by another from Tamara Fox to bring Semper Anticus to within one. Racing back to the throw-in line in an attempt to tie the match, the bell quickly sounded ending the comeback attempt as AM Polo CT held off the charging Semper Anticus team to complete their undefeated run and earn the heralded championship 8-7. 

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