The Queen’s Cup, one of the most prestigious polo tournaments in the world, resumed on Wednesday, with two matches at different venues. Eleven 22-goal teams are in competition; the final is scheduled for Sunday, June 17th.
The latest day of action saw Les Lions defeat Valiente 8-6 and Monterosso beat RH Polo 11-8. Sadly for Monterosso, the win came a little late and they are now out of the tournament, as are Clinova and El Remanso.
Although it was clear which teams had made the last eight, the Queen’s Cup is never dull! The first match saw Eduardo Novillo Astrada don a Les Lions shirt for the first time, replacing an injured Guillermo Terrera. Next, Valiente saw a change in personnel half-way through their game, with 13-year-old Adolfo Cambiaso Jr, known affectionately by all as Poroto, joining his father on the field in place of team patron Rob Jornayvaz. Clearly a chip off the Cambiaso block, he not only scored the penultimate goal of this match, but played with a confidence and style well beyond his 13 years. Tomorrow father and son will be in action again, this time in the 15-goal Out-Sourcing Royal Windsor Cup tournament, playing under the La Dolfina banner, and will definitely be a team to watch.
Les Lions’ victory also meant that a penalty shootout was needed to determine the final placings for League One as three teams – Les Lions, Emlor and Valiente – had finished the league stages with three goals apiece. The shootout was won by Les Lions, giving them second place in the League, but also setting themselves up for a tough quarter-final on Sunday afternoon against La Bamba de Areco, who won their final game yesterday. Meanwhile, Valiente’s next game is against Talandracas, one of the automatic qualifiers after last weekend’s matches. Plenty of talent from these two squads, no doubt guaranteeing players and spectators alike a fast-paced and thrilling quarter-final contest on Saturday afternoon. La Indiana also earned their quarter-final tickets last weekend and they will play Emlor this Sunday. That just leaves the team that headed League One – RH Polo – and the newest team in the group, Park Place, in the first quarter-final of the competition. Sapo Caset, Min Podesta and Rodrigo de Andrade v Juan Britos, Tommy Beresford and Hilario Ulloa should deliver a great contest and the ideal opener for a weekend of thrilling, 22-goal polo.
LES LIONS 8-6 VALIENTE (at Les Lions)
Les Lions: Eduardo Novillo Astrada 8 (2 goals), Jaime García Huidobro 7, Joaquín Pittaluga 7 (4), Max Gottschalk 0 (2). Total: 22.
Valiente: Rob Jornayvaz 1 (Replaced in the fifth chukker by Poroto Cambiaso 1, 1 goal), Hugo Lewis 4, Magoo Laprida 7 (2 goals), Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (3). Total: 22.
Score Les Lions: 3-1, 4-3, 5-3, 7-5, 8-6, 8-6.
Umpires: Julian Appleby and Peter Wright.
Third man: Jason Dixon.
MONTEROSSO 11-8 RH POLO (at The Castle Ground, Flemish Farm)
Monterosso: Steve Hutchinson 0 (1 goal), Juan Martín Zubía 6, Cubi Toccalino 8 (3), Santiago Toccalino 8 (7). Total: 22.
RH: Ben Soleimani 0, Mín Podestá 5 (1 goal), Sapo Caset 9 (3), Rodrigo Andrade 8 (4). Total: 22.
Score Monterosso: 2-1, 3-2, 4-4, 6-7, 9-7, 11-8.
Umpires: Jason Dixon and Tim Bown.
Third man: R. Graham.
The Queen’s Cup resumes this weekend with the quarterfinals:
12pm: RH Polo vs Park Place.
3pm: Valiente vs Talandracas.
12pm: Emlor vs La Indiana.
3pm: Les Lions vs La Bamba de Areco.
QUEEN’S CUP 2018: Les Lions vs Valiente
QUEEN’S CUP 2018: Monterosso vs RH Polo
QUEEN’S CUP: Fixture & Teams