Black Bears were able to recover from their debut loss against UAE Polo, and defeated Monterosso 14-10, in the single match played for the British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup, on Monday July 3. The tournament is hosted by Cowdray Park Polo Club, set in Midhurst, West Sussex, England, and sees fifteen teams up to 22 goals, partake.
Led by Juan Martín Nero’s remarkable performance (he scored ten goals), Black Bears managed to remain in the lead thoroghout the six chukkas of play, while Monterosso stood on their tail. By the end of the penultimate chukka, Black Bears had a tight 11-10 lead; but Guy Schwarzenbach & Co. changed the story quickly in the last chukka. They outscored Monterosso 4-0 to secure their first victory in the tournament.
It is worth noting that the grounds at Cowdray Park Polo Club are indeed splendid; despite the match was played with much wind and some rains as well, the ground was always in perfect conditions.
The final of the British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup is due on Sunday July 23.
THE 2023 BRITISH OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE COWDRAY GOLD CUP IS STREAMED LIVE ON COWDRAY TV, WITH THE PRODUCTION OF POLOLINE HERE.
British Open, Monday July 3:
BLACK BEARS 14-10 MONTEROSSO
PARTIDO #1: UAE 12-7 BLACK BEARS
BLACK BEARS: Guy Schwarzenbach 2 (2 goals), Antonio Heguy 5 (2), Ollie Cudmore 6, Juan Martín Nero 9 (10). Total: 22.
MONTEROSSO: Alessandro Bazzoni 1, Ignacio Toccalino 7 (8 goals), Lucas Criado Jr. 6 (1), David Stirling 8 (1). Total: 22.
Score Black Bears: 3-2, 4-3, 7-4, 9-7, 11-10, 14-10.
Umpires: Ben Turner & Peter Wright. Third man: Tim Bown.
MVP: Juan Martín Nero.
The British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup will resume on Tuesday July 4, with the following order of play:
11am: Talandracas vs. Marqués de Riscal
2pm: BP Polo vs. Vikings
CRÉDITO FOTO: MARK BEAUMONT.