The British Open Gold Cup continues this week with the last league rounds, the final qualification stage before the quarterfinals due over the weekend (Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18). The championship is recognised as one of the three Grand Slams of Polo, alongside the Argentine Open and the US Open. This year’s tournament sees thirteen teams, up to 22 goals, compete.
First up, Thai Polo claimed a solid 14-10 win over Murus Sanctus. The latter overwhelmed the French squad (who had Kayley Smith filling in for Corinne Ricard) with a magnificent display of teamwork, allowing them to maintain the advantage over the six chukkas of play.
Up next, Scone defeated UAE Polo Pod (who received one goal on handicap) by 10 goals to 7. While UAE Polo Pod got off to a stronger start, Scone managed to make a comeback in the second half and secure the win.
Action continues on Tuesday, July 13:
12pm: Vikings vs. King Power (ground TBA in the morning)
3pm: Park Place vs. Emlor (ground TBA in the morning)
The Gold Cup final is scheduled for Sunday, July 25.
SUMMARY, MONDAY JULY 12
THAI POLO 14-10 MURUS SANCTUS
Thai Polo: Louis Hine 2 (4 goals), Ned Hine 4 (2), Nicolás Pieres 9 (6), James Harper 7 (2). Total: 22.
Murus Sanctus: Kayley Smith 0*, Matt Perry 5, Guillermo Caset 9 (7 goals), Facundo Sola 8 (2 goles). Total: 22. (*Subbed in for Corinne Ricard).
Score Thai Polo: 3-1, 4-3, 7-4, 10-4, 11-6, 14-10.
Umpires: Peter Wright & Julian Appleby.
Third Man: Tim Brown.
BPP UK: Open Fantasia, ridden by Louis Hine.
SCONE 10-7 UAE Polo Pod
Scone: David Paradice 0, , Poroto Cambiaso 7 (6 goals), Isidro Strada 6 (1), Adolfo Cambiaso 10 (3). Total: 23.
UAE Polo Pod: Lucas Monteverde Jr. 6, Alfredo Cappella 8 (5 goals), Sam Browne 1 (1), Jack Richardson 7. Total: 22.
Score Scone (0-1): 1-2, 3-6, 5-6, 7-6, 8-6, 10-7.
Umpires: Peter Wright & Tim Brown.
Third Man: Julian Appleby.
BPP UK: Bam Bam, ridden by Adolfo Cambiaso.