Queen’s Cup: Scone and La Indiana to semifinals

Scone Polo delivered an upset in the first Queen’s Cup quarterfinal, defeating Edouard Carmignac’s Talandracas 11-7 at Les Lions. Talandracas had been unbeaten coming into this match – one of four automatic quarter-final qualifiers – while Scone Polo had lost their first two games. Playing with Maximilian Kirchhoff as Scone patron, David Paradice, was away, the red shirts harried and hassled Talandracas, stopping them playing their more running style of play. James Beim scored five of his team’s goals, clearly finding his stride at a crucial stage of the competition. They will face either VS King Power or Dubai on Wednesday at 12pm in the Hubert Perrodo Trophy.

La Bamba de Areco looked as if they were going to cause an upset on The Duke’s Ground this afternoon too, matching current holders La Indiana goal for goal for most of this game. A strong partnership from Juan Martin Nero and Pelon Stirling ensured the score read 2-2 at the end of the second. La Bamba patron Jean Francois Decaux had a brilliant game – scoring goals and producing some fabulous runs up the ground.

La Indiana’s Rodrigo Andrade and Facundo Pieres stepped up a gear in the third, taking the lead for the first time (5-4) thanks to a 60-yard penalty. A great pass from young Englishman Jimbo Fewster to Pieres allowed them to secure a two-goal advantage at half-time. Halfway through the fifth it was level once again [8-8]. The ultimate break came late in the fifth when Dillon Bacon, a great sub for injured patron Michael Bickford, passed a ball to Pieres who scored. La Indiana will play either UAE or Park Place on Wednesday.


Scone: Maximilian Kirchhoff 0 (1 goal), James Beim 7 (5), Nico Pieres 9 (3), James Harper 6 (1). Total: 22.

Talandracas: Alejandro Muzzio 7, Francisco Elizalde 8 (4 goals), Julián de Lusarreta 7 (3), Edouard Carmignac 0. Total: 22.

Scone Scone: 2-1, 7-1, 9-2, 9-4, 10-5, 11-7.

Umpires: Tim Bown and Peter Wright.     Third man: Jason Dixon.

Best Playing Pony UK: Peaches. Played by James Harper.      


LA INDIANA: Dillon bacon 1, Jimbo Fewster 3, Rodrigo Andrade 8, Facundo Pieres 10. Total: 22.

LA BAMBA DE ARECO: Jean Francois Decaux 0, Kian Hall 3, Pelon Stirling 9, Juan Martín Nero 10. Total: 22.

Umpires: Julian Appleby and Jason Dixon.     Third man: Peter Wright.

Best Playing Pony UK: Cube (Norman Pentiquad x Cubita). Played by Facundo Pieres.      

The order of play for Sunday is as follows:

12pm: UAE vs Park Place

3pm: VS King Power v Dubai

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