Scone Polo 10 – 9 Great Oaks LL Les Lions
Vikings 12 – 11 Murus Sanctus The Castle Ground- Flemish Farm
Scone Polo, finalists in this competition last year, made their 2022 debut today against Great Oaks LL at Les Lions. Substituting for Monterosso’s David Stirling on Wednesday, Adolfo Cambiaso Jnr (Poroto) was back on the field for Scone Polo. Kicking off their season without an injured Adolfo Cambiaso, a rearranged line-up of Guillermo Terrera, Kian Hall and Rosendo Torreguitar gave Scone Polo the early advantage with one goal on handicap. Responding to their one goal deficit, Great Oaks LL’s Cruz Heguy kick-started their attack with four first half goals, including three penalty conversions to give his team a two-goal lead at half-time. Scone Polo found their stride in the second half, with contributions from Terrera and Hall combining for four goals in the fourth chukka, along with Cambiaso’s third goal of the match to re-take an 8-5 lead. Following a sharp defensive performance from Scone Polo, Heguy took advantage of Scone Polo’s foul troubles to convert two more conversions from the 40-yard line to keep Great Oaks LL in contention. Matching each other stride-for stride with four goals in open play and three successful conversions each, a final drive from Cambiaso and the handicap differential made all the difference, with Scone Polo emerging victorious 10-9.
In the second match of the day, Murus Sanctus and Vikings made their 2022 Cartier Queen’s Cup debuts on the majestic Castle Ground at Flemish Farm. Finding early success from the penalty line, Viking’s Juan Martin Zubia was a perfect 4 for 4 at the penalty line in the first half to overcome a slow start in the field, with Vikings only managing two goals from Zubia and Mark Tomlinson on eight shots from open play. Relying on their early accuracy in the field to overcome their five fouls committed in the first half, Murus Sanctus’s trio of Marcos Araya, Facundo Sola and Alfredo Cappella combined for six goals, including two conversions from Sola as the two teams remained deadlocked, 6-6, at the break. Resuming play with grit and determination, goals from Araya and Cappella gave Murus Sanctus a three-goal advantage going into the later stages of the match. Turning the tables to claw back into the lead, Vikings’ Diego Cavanagh hit his first of the match in open play, as Zubia continued to take advantage of Murus Sanctus’s foul troubles. Sending a Penalty 4 through the goal posts, Zubia tied the game at 11-all with six minutes remaining as the two teams remained in a fierce battle until the final seconds. Inside the final minute, a Murus Sanctus foul sent Zubia to the penalty line where he converted his eighth penalty goal as time expired and a triumphant Vikings team captured a 12-11 win.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures – Friday 20 May
12:30 am – Dubai Polo Team vs Thai Polo NP at Coworth Park 1
3:30 pm – La Magdaleine vs Clinova at TBC
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