By Gonzalo Etcheverry
Lehuza Caracas started its performance in the Cartier Gold Cup with the right foot, defeating Brunei, the winner of the Casa de Campo Silver Cup, by 12-11 in a great match that was full with spectators on the Los Pinos Field 3, the main area of the 45th INDI International Polo Tournament.
Victor Vargas team added for this tournament the participation of Matt Perry, instead of José Donoso. Matt played a great match and defeated mighty Brunei. Even though Lechuza Caracas suffered at the end of the match, they showed a great level of game during the six chukkas, and even had 4 goals of difference at some point.
Juan Martín Nero and Julian de Lusarreta, as always, played great and Perry, the new addition, was at the same level. Victor Vargas, the patron, was very precise on attack. Brunei had to fight always with a disadvantage and even though they shortened the difference to one goal at the end of the match, Lechuza Caracas put up with them and emerged victorious of this important match of the Cartier Gold Cup.
Juan Martín Nero was the goaler of the match with 9 goals, while Pablo Mac Donough with 7, was Brunei’s top scorer.
Lechuza Caracas: 3-2/ 4-2/ 5-4/ 9-5/ 10-7/ 12-11
Víctor Vargas (Lechuza Caracas)
“;;We are very pleased with the victory, the change was good. We are doing well, we have brainstormed and now we are fully trained, because we had been not doing so for some months, and now we definitely feel more confident, as well as the horses. We hadn’t played since the Dominican Season and the other teams come from England fully trained, and are very good. I believe Santa María Polo Club is lucky to have six of the best polo players in the world here, and this is why is not easy to win to the best in the world, even though you have one of them playing with you (Juan Martín Nero)”
The Cartier Gold Cup resumes tomorrow with a great match in Los Pinos, main area of the Torneo Internacional de Polo, Dubai and Ayala Polo Team will play at 18:30 on field 4.
Aerolíneas Argentinas Gold Cup (Medium Goal)
Today in the afternoon, the Aerolíneas Argentinas Gold Cup in the medium goal category started and had three attractive matches in the Los Pinos and Rio fields. At Los Pinos, Sainte Mesme defeated the finalist of the Silver Cup, Seven Sevens by a tight 11-10.
At Rio, two matches were played: GSA, champion of the Bronze Cup, defeated Twenty/20 by 8-5, while Santa Quitería did the same with FCT by 13-9. Tomorrow two more matches will take place, Marques de Riscal makes its debut in the season playing against Royal Salute at the Los Pinos Field 2, while at the same time, 17:00, but on Rio Field 1, Brunei, the defending champion will meet Golden Goose.
GSA vs. Twenty/20
Isolas 1892 Gold Cup – Low Goal
Tomorrow is the start of the Isolas 1892 Gold Cup with three matches at the Puente de Hierro fields. At 11, two matches will take place simultaneously. Lechuza John Smith will meet Foxcote and Sotovila will meet Jolly Rogers.
At 12:15 it will be the turn of Valdeparras vs. Bayswater.