Winners of the A Grade final at the Downs Shield Polo Tournament were the Scanlan team: Jack Mantova (Clifton), Rob Ballard (Canungra), Michael Callow (Brisbane) and Charlie Field, Beaudesert.
Winners of the A Grade final at the Downs Shield Polo Tournament were the Scanlan team: Jack Mantova (Clifton), Rob Ballard (Canungra), Michael Callow (Brisbane) and Charlie Field, Beaudesert. Linda Mantova

Top-class polo at Downs Shield

SPECTATORS from as far afield as Gunnedah, Brisbane, Scone, the Gold Coast and throughout the Darling Downs witnessed some top-class polo at the annual Downs Shield Polo Tournament at Clifton Recreation Grounds at the weekend.

The A-grade (6 goal) final was a display of quality polo, with Scanlan team beating Goondiwindi, 9 goals to 4.

The Scanlan team was Jack Mantova, Michael Callow, Charlie Field and Rob Ballard, and the Goondiwindi team was David Coulton, Shaun O’Rourke, Angus Gilmore and Shane Marton.

The B-grade (4 goal) final was won by Downs Newlands with team members Ed Mandie, Sian Barnacle, Tom Huston and Richard Rawlings taking home the Ken Telford Memorial Trophy.

The Ellerston team took out the C-grade (2 goal) final, with Downs Pursehouse Rural winning the D Grade (zero goal) round robin competition.

The West Haldon Club trophy for best A-grade Pony was won by Rob Ballard, of Canungra, and his pony, Ollie, with Rob also winning the Nellie Hood Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player, and the G Jensen trophy for best A-Grade team of ponies.

The VC O’Leary Memorial Trophy for Rookie Player of the Carnival was won by Jack Mantova, of Clifton.

Jack and his gelding, Milo, also won the Noel Telford Memorial Trophy for best Novice 1st Year Pony.

The B-grade Pony award was won by Richard Rawlings, with Angus Gilmore winning the J M Gilmore trophy for best B-grade team of ponies.

The C-grade Pony award was won by Matt Grimes.

Downs Polo Club president, Will Gilmore, said he was very happy with the large crowd of spectators who turned out for a Picnic at the Polo at the club’s biggest tournament of the year.



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