Age is no bar to hard game of polo

POLO SEASON IS IN FULL SWING on the Saanich Peninsula and Victoria horseman Tony Yonge celebrated his 70th birthday last Sunday by scoring four of seven goals to propel his Wicklands team to victory for the Wicklands Farm Challenge Trophy.

Bill and Barbara Powell's Puckle Road polo field was the site for this trophy game. Wicklands team members included Yonge, John Smith, and Dan Pedrick. Opposing them was the Don Mann team, the roster of players including Steve Mann, Brent Hoeppner, Mike Adey and Steve Hughes. The scoreboard reflected the closeness oif this hard-fought match. Hoeppner and Adey each scored in the first chukker, and then Hoeppner came back with yet another goal in the second chukker. Yonge responded with four quick goals for the Wicklands side before the half-time break. Hoeppner opened the third chukker with a goal. Both Smith and Pedrick returned the challenge with a goal apiece.

Entering the fourth chukker, the score was now six to four for Wicklands, Hoeppner and Mann turned up the pace and each scored a goal to tie the game. With little time left on the clock, both sides galloped furiously after the polo ball. Pedrick, with seconds to go, scored the match's winning goal for the Wicklands team.

Polo fans can watch games most Sunday afternoons, beginning at 3 p.m. (weather permitting) at the Victoria Polo Club grounds at 7161 Wallace Drive.

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