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Tue 9th Aug 2022

Silver Cup Success for BenSoleimani.com

Jeff Hall’s tenth tournament title

On Sunday 7 August, BenSoleimani.com secured their first Farmers & Merchants Bank Silver Cup title at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club (SBPRC) following a 10-13 win against L.E.N.Y. in the fifth chukka. Both teams had met earlier in the tournament which saw BenSoleimani.com narrowly take an 11-10 win, so it was all to play for come Final’s Day. 
L.E.N.Y. received a one goal handicap advantage and quickly made the most, with Kristos ‘Keko’ Magrini breaking away to increase L.E.N.Y.’s lead to 2-0, however BenSoleimani.com swiftly replied and took the lead and by half-time were ahead, 8-5.
Focusing on closing the gap, a field goal from Paquito de Narvaez cut L.E.N.Y.’s deficit to two, but three unanswered goals from Criado Jr. kept BenSoleimani.com firmly in control and by the start of the last chukka, BenSoleimani.com held a comfortable three goal lead, which they were able to build upon with a further goal from Laprida, which extinguished any hopes of a last-minute comeback by L.E.N.Y. This was Jeff Hall’s tenth Silver Cup win having also secured the title in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2014, 2020 and he was also named Most Valuable Player, while Open Kilovatio, owned by Ben Soleimani and played by Iñaki Laprida was the Best Playing Pony. 
The Farmers & Merchants Bank Silver Cup Final Teams:
BenSoleimani.com (19): Ben Soleimani (0), Lucas ‘Luckitas’ Criado Jr. (6), Ignacio ‘Iñaki’ Laprida (7) & Jeff Hall (6)
L.E.N.Y. (18): Santino Magrini (4), Paquito de Narvaez (3), Kristos ‘Keko’ Magrini (4) & Matias Magrini (7)
Photograph: BenSoleimani.com, winners of The Farmers & Merchants Bank Silver Cup. By ©David Lominska

Mon 8th Aug 2022

Talacrest Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup

Semi Finals Set for Wednesday

Sunday 7 August saw the last day of group play in The Talacrest Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup with BP Polo vs Green Gates and a place in the Semi Finals up for grabs. Finding their rhythm in the second chukka, a blitzing BP Polo began a run of four unanswered goals led by Genaro Ringa, which saw them lead 6-3 going into the second half. A struggling Green Gates attack relied on Elizalde to kick-start their comeback with back-to-back goals to bring their team back within two goals of their opponents and working off the momentum established in the fourth, Fernandez Llorente took control of the fifth chukka by sending three consecutive goals across the line, including one from the 30-yard line, to give Green Gates the lead, 8-7, for the first time. A crucial penalty conversion from Ringa tied the match 8-8 with just one chukka remaining and the back-and-forth sixth chukka left the teams deadlocked at 10-10 as the horn sounded to end the chukka and force this match into extra time. Ringa, having contributed seven goals already to BP Polo’s tally, placed one final shot through the posts to take the win, 11-10, for BP Polo and with it their place in the Semi Finals. 
The Semi Finals are scheduled for Wednesday 10 August with Monterosso vs BP Polo (12pm) and Park Place vs Vikings (3pm). 
The Talacrest Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup
Monterosso (22): Alessandro Bazzoni (1), Juan Martin Nero (10), Guillermo Terrera (7) & Mackenzie Weisz (4)
Vikings (22): Isidro Strada (6), Siri Evjemo-Nysveen (0), Juan Martin Zubia (8) & Diego Cavanagh (8)
BP Polo (20): Garvy Beh (3), Joevy Beh (3), Rufino Bensadon (7) & Genaro Ringa (7)
Park Place (22): Juan Britos (8), Andrey Borodin (0), Hilario Ulloa (10) & Santos Merlos (4)
Photograph: Noor Khadra for Green Gates vs Joevy Beh for BP Polo. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

Sun 7th Aug 2022

UAE Polo Claim Countess Lilias Cup

8-4 win against Semper Anticus

UAE Polo broke Semper Anticus’ Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi winning streak on Sunday 7 August, securing an 8-4 win in The Cirencester Women’s Open for the Countess Lilias Cup at Cirencester Park Polo Club, with Lia Salvo named Most Valuable Player. The tournament saw four teams compete, with Indonesia defeating Claremont Family Office, 6½-5 in the Subsidiary Final. 
The Cirencester Women’s Open for the Countess Lilias Cup Final Teams:
UAE Polo (28): HH Sheikha Maitha (3), Lia Salvo (8), Hazel Jackson (10) & Milly Hine (7)
Semper Anticus (27): Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi (1), Mia Cambiaso (8), Candelaria Fernández Araujo (8) & Nina Clarkin (10) 
Photograph: UAE Polo, winners of The Countess Lilias Cup. By Tom Reynolds

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