With 2014 seeing the Coronation Cup being played for the fifth time between England and Argentina Nigel à Brassard reviews an insight into the history of polo competition between the nvo nations.
There are Hurlingham Clubs in London and Buenos Aires. The London club was formed in 1869, originally as a pigeon shooting club. In 1874, polo was first played at Hurlingham. The Hu rlingham Club Polo Committee went on to become the Governing body of the sport in Britain and around the world and was the forerunner of the Hurlingham Polo Association.
Polo is no longer played at London's Hurlingham Club, although in recent years an event known as "Polo in the Park" has been staged on what was the Club's Number One ground. Hurlingham in Argentina was set up in 1888 as a sport and social Club. Polo continues to be played at the Club and it still hosts the Hurlingham Open which is the second most important tournament, after the Argentine Open.
Representative teams from Britain and Argentina played in a polo match in 1908 at the Hurlingham Club in Argentina between teams of Argentine and British
army officers. The contest was won by the British - by four goals to one.
The first International polo match played by Argentina was in 1893 when a group of Englishmen, resident in Argentina, went to Chile to play some cricket matches against members of the English community in Valparaiso. Apart from cricket, it was decided to play football, tennis, billiards and polo. The team from Buenos Aires won all three cricket matches, but the polo was won by the Valparaiso team by 9-3.