Countess of Dudley Cup Tournament 1985
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Featured Image: Front Cover of the NSW Polo Association (Kyeemagh) Limited’s publication ‘Countess of Dudley Cup Tournament 1985’; A short history of the polo Clubs of NSW and their participation in the Countess of Dudley Cup 1910 – 1985
Acknowledge: NSW Polo Association (Kyeemagh) Limited 1985 Patron, President, Directors and Committees; especially Mrs S R Weedon (nee Bragg, ‘Rossgole’, Aberdeen 2336) who compiled the dossier. Sally’s father Frank Bragg and brother Arthur Bragg were notable players.
“In 1913 Narromine won the Dudley Cup. By way of celebration, history has it that at the “Black Tie” official dinner after the final game, as the presentations by the Governor General (The Earl of Dudley) were taking place, George Mack crept outside to get his horse which had won Champion Pony. He brought it into the room as the officials were preparing for the presentation and he quietly tied his horse’s tail to the tablecloth. On receiving his pony trophy, he mounted his pony, in full dinner suit, and rode out of the hall, taking with him the tablecloth, flowers and all the silver”.
Simply not done old chap? Well, not at Hurlingham perhaps but maybe @ Narromine! I must remember to ask George Mack of ‘Weemabah’, Trangie if this is true of his grandfather when I next him next?
Sally’s impeccable record is a gem. Admittedly Polo was the chosen sport of the ‘Exclusives’ as opposed to the ‘Emancipists’. As an impecunious immigrant pommy I would say that wouldn’t I? I did marry into the milieu and my spouse Sarah is closely related to Bill Mackay (Great Uncle), Bob Mackay (Father), Ken Mackay (Uncle), Jamie Mackay (Cousin) and Jock Mackay (Jamie’s son).