The Cawnpore Cup is the biggest Polo event on the calendar!
Polo is one of the oldest and fastest team sports around.
The Malta Polo Club – the second oldest club in existence - older than the famous Hurlingham Club in the UK and with an even more historically prestigious membership list of British and European royalty. Founded in 1868, The Malta Polo Club is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this season from October 2017 to June 2018 and, within a glorious calendar of events and matches, one match will stand out.
The Cawnpore Cup
Thirteen cups are played for annually in the Malta Polo Club Season, culminating in the Cawnpore Cup for the 8 players with the highest handicaps.
This historic and priceless cup (raised in 1901, it is the very earliest of trophies for the then ‘newly born’ sport of polo) was brought to Malta by The Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900 - 1979) in 1947 from India during his role as Commander of the British Fleet in the Mediterranean, whereby he was stationed in Malta.
He leased Villa Guardamangia due to its proximity to Marsa’s polo and horse racing facilities and Queen Elizabeth II lived there before and after her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh from 1949 to 1951. Her Majesty is quoted saying her time in Malta was “the happiest time of my life” – and much of her time was spent watching her new husband play at Malta Polo Club supported by his fellow Royal Navy Officers.
The beautiful, solid silver Cawnpore Cup is the ultimate trophy for the final match of the playing Season, which will be held on June 9th, 2018 and will also be a fabulous social event. The Cawnpore Cup match is fiercely contested by two teams chosen from the highest handicapped playing members of the Club so we can all be sure of an exhilarating match and dramatic close to the season.
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