Dubai and Orchard Hill Earn Semi Final Spots
After thrilling performances in the final qualifying rounds of the US Open at the International Polo Club, Palm Beach, Dubai and Orchard Hill have secured their spots in the Semi Finals due to be played on Wednesday 20 April. Dubai were the first to gain their pass to the Semis, defeating White Birch in a 14-6 walkover to put them in top position of their league. Also on Wednesday 13 April Valiente defeated Coca-Cola in a match which sees Coca-Cola out of the tournament, while Valiente advance to the Quarter Final stages. Thursday’s matches saw Orchard Hill win their third match of the tournament 14-8 leaving Flexjet winless and out of the competition despite all their best efforts. Earlier in the day, Audi and Lucchese played a much closer and more equally contested match where Audi just pipped Lucchese to the post with 8 goals to 7. Both teams advance to Quarter Final stages however having achieved at least one win, enough to keep them in with a chance.
Dubai and Orchard Hills’ respective opponents will be decided on Sunday 17 April as White Birch take on Lucchese and Audi battle it out with Valiente for the last two Semi Final spots.
Photograph: Sticks entwined as Flexjet take on Orchard Hill. By Alex Pacheco