Marqués de Riscal and Park Place Vaara are going strong and steady in the British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup following their respective wins over Vikings and Great Oaks Les Lions on Saturday, July 12. The tournament, hosted by Cowdray Park Polo Club, set in Midhurst, West Sussex, sees fourteen teams, up to 23 goals, compete.
In the day’s opening match, Marqués de Riscal took a tight 11-1o win in OT over Vikings to claim their third consecutive win in the tournament. The match was a fierce battle, that concluded with Alejandro Aznar scoring the golden goal.
Next up, Park Place Vaara (who received one goal on handicap), overwhelmed recent Queen’s Cup winners Great Oaks Les Lions in what was perhaps the biggest upset of the season so far. Led by top scorer Juano Britos, Vaara showed no mercy as the held Dillon Bacon’s team back to claim an impressive 12-4 win. Cruz Heguy scored all of the goals for Great Oaks LL.
BRITISH OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE COWDRAY GOLD CUP – SATURDAY, JULY 2:
MARQUÉS DE RISCAL 11-1O VIKINGS (OT)
Marqués de Riscal: Alejandro Aznar 0 (1 goal), Santiago Laborde 6 (4), Guillermo Caset 9 (6), Santiago Cernadas 7. Total: 22.
Vikings: Siri Evejmo-Nysveen 0, Mark Tomlinson 6 (1 goal), Juan Martín Zubía 8 (6), Diego Cavanagh 8 (3). Total: 22.
Score Marqués de Riscal: 2-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-10, 11-10.
Umpires: Tim Bown & Ben Turner.
Third man: Peter Wright.
PARK PLACE VAARA 12-4- GREAT OAKS LES LIONS
Park Place Vaara: Sam Wisbey 0, Santos Merlos 4 (1 goal), Hilario Ulloa 10 (4), Juan Britos 8 (6).Total: 22.
Great Oaks Les Lions: Dillon Bacon 2, Juan Martín Nero 9, James Beim 6, Cruz Heguy 6 (4 goals). Total: 23.
Score Park Place Vaara: (1-0) 3-1, 7-2, 7-3, 8-4, 10-4, 12-4.
Umpires: Peter Wright & Jason Dixon.
Third man: Tim Bown.
The British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup continues on Sunday, July 3:
12pm: UAE vs. Thai Polo NP
3pm: Argentine’s Ambassador Cup: Scone vs. Murus Sanctus
The final of the British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup is set to be played on Sunday, July 17.