|Fri 19th Jul 2019|
Hurlingham Polo Association Chairmanship
Nick Wiles to be put forward for election in November 2019
In November 2019, Stephen Hutchinson will come to the end of his four year tenure as Chairman of The Hurlingham Polo Association. The HPA has announced Stephen’s intention to put forward Nick Wiles for election as his successor. Wiles was appointed as an HPA Steward at the HPA Council meeting in December 2018 and recently agreed to take on the Chairmanship of the new Commercial Activities Board, which he will continue to chair.
The HPA shared the following information about Nick Wiles:
“Nick and his family live near Tetbury and he has been involved in the sport for over 30 years, playing mainly at Cirencester and the Beaufort in low and medium goal. He has a son who is a keen polo player and his daughter events.
“After a short service commission in the Army, Nick had a career as an investment banker, principally at Cazenove, where he was a partner prior to the business being acquired by JP Morgan. During his time at Cazenove, he worked as an advisor to various public companies, both in the UK and internationally. Since retiring, he has sat on a number of public company boards and is currently Chairman of Paypoint plc.”
Wed 17th Jul 2019
King Power Gold Cup Final
VS King Power and Dubai through to the Final
In an exciting day of high goal polo at Cowdray Park Polo Club, the finalists for the 2019 King Power Gold Cup have been decided.
First to take to the iconic Lawns 2 was host team VS King Power and Andrey Borodin’s Park Place. From the off, the match was closely fought, with the teams trading goals up and up the scoreboard. Going into half-time, there was little room between the teams and it was neck-and-neck throughout the final three chukkas, as the teams valiantly fought for possession. But in the final moments of the final chukka, young Juan Martín Zubía secured the winning goal for Top Srivaddhanaprabha’s VS King Power team, to take the Semi Final 11-10 and secure the first King Power Gold Cup Final position.
The second Semi Final of the afternoon was a battle of woes between a younger and lower handicapped Dubai side and Cartier Queen’s Cup winners, the experienced Scone Polo, who took to the field with England stalwarts James Beim and James Harper. The first two chukkas saw Dubai take an early lead, with the Castagnola brothers Bartolito and Camilo using their fraternal senses to outwit the Scone players, but as the play wound down to the half-time break, Scone Polo came back to even the scoreboard, 6-6. Nico Pieres began Scone’s second half with a neckshot goal to put his team ahead for the first time, 7-6, but Dubai were quick to respond. The teams began to trade goals, but with a 12-8 lead, Dubai’s Rashid Albwardy was knocked from his horse and momentarily taken off the field for medical attention. With the game restarted, Dubai continued to hold the lead into the sixth chukka, 14-8 and despite Scone coming back with two goals, Dubai secured their King Power Gold Cup Final position with a 14-10 victory.
The King Power Gold Cup Final will take place at 3pm on Sunday 21 July, with tickets still available here
The King Power Gold Cup Final Teams:
VS King Power (22): Top Srivaddhanaprabha (0), Polito Pieres (9), Marcos di Paola (7) & Juan Martín Zubía (6)
Dubai (21): Camilo Castagnola (6), Rashid Albwardy (1), Bartolito Castagnola (6) & Nachi du Plessis (8)
Photograph: VS King Power and Dubai have made it through to The King Power Gold Cup Final on Sunday 21 June. By Pablo Ramirez and Helen Cruden
Mon 15th Jul 2019
King Power Gold Cup Semi Finals
Final four decided
The final four teams have been decided for The King Power Gold Cup, following a thrilling weekend of matches. Cartier Queen’s Cup winning Scone kicked off the weekend, with an 11-10 win over rivals Talandracas. Scone took the early lead, but in the second, third and fourth chukka, Talandracas came back with a vengeance. Scone turned the tables in the fifth, but Talandracas were hot on their heels. In the final seven minutes, Scone moved one goal ahead to take the win and the first Semi Final spot.
In a similarly close match, VS King Power secured their Semi Final position with a 13-12 win against Corinne Ricard’s Murus Sanctus. VS King Power took the lead early on and held it throughout, but Murus Sanctus came charging back in the final two chukkas, but it wasn’t quite enough.
On Sunday 14 July, the matches were just as close, with Park Place securing a 9-8 victory against Emlor and Dubai defeating La Indiana 8-7. In a very exciting match, Park Place were 8-3 down in the sixth chukka of their Quarter Final and came back to win the match 9-8 with a flurry of goals.
The King Power Gold Cup Semi Finals will take place on Wednesday 17 July at Cowdray Park Polo Club in the following order:
12pm: VS King Power vs Park Place
4pm: Dubai vs Scone Polo
The Final is scheduled to take place at 3pm on Sunday 21 July, with a full report following in the next issue of Polo Times. Make sure to check your subscription is up to date here
The King Power Gold Cup Semi Final Teams:
VS King Power (22): Top Srivaddhanaprabha (0), Juan Martín Zubía (6), Marcos Di Paola (7) & Polito Pieres (9)
Park Place (22): Andrey Borodin (0), Juan Britos (7), Hilario Ulloa (10) & Benjamin Urquiza (5)
Dubai (21): Rashid Albwardy (1), Camilo Castagnola (6), Bartolito Castagnola (6) & Nachi du Plessis (8)
Scone (22): David Paradice (0), James Beim (7), Nico Pieres (9) & James Harper (6)
Photograph: Scone Polo have made it through to The King Power Gold Cup Semi Finals. By Helen Cruden