Eighteen teams entered the 2014 12 goal Jaeger-LeCoultre Dollar Cup at Cowdray Park with Peter Barfoot’s Maiz Dulce and Jonathan Munro Ford’s Black Eagles teams making it through to the Final.
Peter Barfoot’s side included three 4 goal players, Argentine Guy Gibrat at number 1, Alec White at 2 and Maiz Dulce regular Glenn Sherriff at number 3. For Black Eagles, Jonathan Munro Ford had recruited young Jack Hyde (1 goal) to play alongside his father, 6 goal England player Chris Hyde, and Jonny Good, 5 goals.
Playing his usual strong game, Chris Hyde was first to make his mark on the scoreboard for Black Eagles although no further goals resulted from the first chukka. Chukka 2 saw some scrappy play but Jonny Good for Black Eagles capitalised on a spot hit from the centre from Hyde to push the ball through the posts for a 2 goal lead. Sherriff succeeded in pulling one back for Maiz Dulce although Black Eagles soon benefitted from a penalty hit from Good taking the side on to 3-1. With most of the play in the direction of the Maize Dulce goal, another goal from Chris Hyde saw Black Eagles 4-1 ahead by half-time.
After the tread-in, Guy Gibrat was first to score for Maiz Dulce and reduce Black Eagles lead to 4-2. However, a 40 yard penalty shot from Chris Hyde soon re-established a 3 goal advantage for Black Eagles. Glenn Sherriff for Maiz Dulce scored from a 30 yard penalty, but with Jack Hyde playing a very positive role in the match and his father continuing to show all the strength of his 6 goal status, it was no surprise when the 6 goaler picked up the ball and dashed to the other end to score giving Black Eagles a lead of 6-3 to close Chukka 3.
The final chukka saw Black Eagles simply out-pace Maiz Dulce with Hyde Senior scoring his fifth goal of the match and taking his side on to a 7-3 victory.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Dollar Cup was presented to Jonathan Munro Ford by Harriet Grundy, PR Manager for Jaeger-LeCoultre. Prizes were kindly sponsored by Casablanca Polo. Harriet Grundy also presented a rug for the Best Playing Pony awarded to Amen owned and ridden by Jonny Good.