RAF Cranwell


For the 4th consecutive year Ham Polo Club sent a team to RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire to participate in this celebration of military polo. The tournament was made up of 9 teams, 3 from the RAF, 2 from the Army and 4 Civilian. The Ham team was Mark Sheldon, Matt Jones, Seb Tarnowski and Sami Lomri.

The tournament was an American format with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd placed teams going forward to play their equivalent teams on finals day. On the 1st day after a good victory against an RAF Cranwell team by 3 goals, the Ham team lost a hard fought game against eventual runners up Leadenham. 

The evening's entertainment was a Black Tie dinner in York House Officers Mess attended by approximately 100 players and polo supporters. On a balmy May evening the RAF were generous hosts with much fun being enjoyed into the early hours. It was great to see Ham Chairman, Howard Davis, attend to a build further relationships.

Having progressed to the 4th Place final Ham played two great matches on the Sunday against the RAF Spitfires and Hackett Army. The latter being described as one of the matches of the tournament, the two competitive teams played open and flowing polo with the Army winning by 1 goal in the last few seconds. 

The Ham team had ‘great fun’ at a very well organised and social tournament. Thank you RAF for the invite and we look forward to playing you at Ham on the 10th June.

Photos and words by Mark Sheldon