Prince William is involved in a polo thriller in Norfolk

The Duke of Cambridge going for goal at The Norfolk Polo Club Charity Cup. Picture: Lee Blanchflower

The Duke of Cambridge going for goal at The Norfolk Polo Club Charity Cup. Picture: Lee Blanchflower - Credit: Archant

The Duke of Cambridge got his hands on a trophy after taking part in a charity thriller in Norfolk.

The Duke of Cambridge during the prize giving presentation after the match. Picture: Lee Blanchflowe

The Duke of Cambridge during the prize giving presentation after the match. Picture: Lee Blanchflower. - Credit: Archant

Prince William was an all-action team member as two sides went head-to-head in the first Norfolk Polo Royal Charity Cup at Langley Abbey Estate today (Friday July 7).

The two teams were sponsored, with the Prince playing for Tarmac against Feedmark.

The match was a ding-dong affair, with 'fast and furious' action and some great goals. fast and furious with some wonderful goals being scored by both teams. It was 4-3 to the Prince's team in the last chukka, but Feedmark scored a last-minute goal to make it even at 4-4.

There was debate over playing penalties until both teams made a gentlemen's agreement to share the Charity Cup.

The Royal Match was played in aid of SkillForce and English Schools Swimming Association and raised over £90,000 for the charities, of which the Duke of Cambridge is patron.

Chris Townsend, director of Norfolk Polo, which hosted the event, said: 'We are delighted to be joined by His Royal Highness, it's a real privilege to have him play at the club and to help raise significant funds for the charities the Duke supports as a patron.

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'I hope his Highness has enjoyed his time in Norfolk and the opportunity to play in between his busy schedule.'

The Prince played alongside the current England Ladies captain Hazel Jackson, renowned international professional George Meyrick and Paul Bussey, whose Norfolk family firm also supported the day.

The Feedmark team consisted of Irish International Richard Le Poer, Scottish player and adventurer Robert Dundas and the Townsend brothers, Tom and Charlie, both teenagers and both Young England players.

After lunch guests gathered on the lawn for a polo rules demonstration before Mustard TV presenter Helen McDermott threw the ball in to start the match from a Bentley motor car.

Charity Polo continues at Langley Abbey this weekend with the EAAA Norfolk Polo Festival – another charity previously supported by the Duke of Cambridge. The helicopter will fly in on the Sunday. There are four polo matches each day, gates open at 11am, adults £10 and children under 12 attend free.

For more information visit: www.norfolkpolo.co.uk

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