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The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India
Oxford and Cambridge came to play polo - 4 March 2010.
A team from Oxford and Cambridge came to play polo against Team Army at the Army Equestrian Centre, Delhi Cantonment on the 4th of March 2010. It was a most delightful setting. The Oxbridge team captained by Tom Mayou (Oxford, Mansfield) included Tessa Lord (St Cats, Oxford), Maximillian Kirchoff (Harris Manchester, Oxford) and Lucy Surridge (Homerton, Cambridge). Max was an undergraduate at Downing where he captained the Cambridge Polo team for two years.
The team arrived a day early to join The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India in its Annual Dinner celebrations at the home of the British High Commissioner, Sir Richard Stagg. The match was thrilling and closely contested ending with three goals for each side. Tom Mayou scored all three goals for the Oxbridge side. Max set up the final goal and there was excellent play also from Tessa and Lucy who both provided a fierce defence. The crowd was most appreciative and broke out in spontaneous applause at a sensational back hand shot from Lucy. The commentary given by Pradeep (Bogie) Rao was absolutely outstanding. The match was followed by a most skilful display of tent pegging by members of the 61st Cavalry, the only mounted regiment of its kind in the world. The band of the Maratha Light Infantry entertained the crowd between each chukka and marched past at the end of the display. Trophies to all the players were presented by Lady Arabella Stagg who herself was presented a trophy by Sumant Dhamija, the President of the OCSI. The evening ended with tea, cucumber sandwiches and kebabs.
As Lucy, the only Cambridge participant had to don Oxford colours for this historic game, a suitable vedic purification ceremony, performed by a Brahmin Pandit, was organised before the Dinner that followed the match at the home of Iqrup and Sumant.
Added: 9 March 2010
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