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Thu 2nd Jul 2020

King Power Gold Cup Teams & Schedule

Opening wins for Les Lions/ Great Oaks & Park Place

Yesterday, Wednesday 1 July saw the start of the 2020 King Power Gold Cup for The British Open at Cowdray Park Polo Club with opening matches between Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Next Generation and Park Place vs Park Place Vaara. Both Les Lions/Great Oaks and Park Place secured victories. 
The first match of the day saw a 14-10 win for Les Lions/Great Oaks against Next Generation for the Carlos Gracida Memorial Trophy, featuring the father-son Cambiaso duo, with Barto Castagnola scoring an impressive nine goals for his team while his brother Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola’s mare Cielito, ridden by Alejandro Muzzio, was named as the Best Playing Pony. 
The second match of the day saw two teams from the same polo set-up face each other with Park Place vs Park Place Vaara. Park Place, fresh from their Prince of Wales Final win last week defeated Park Place Vaara 10-8 in an incredibly hard fought match, which saw Park Place secure four goals in the final chukka to take the win.  
Today, Tuesday 2 July saw the action continue with a 10-9 win for Monterosso vs Thai Polo NW at 12pm and later today with Polo Stud Schockemöhle vs Scone (3pm). 
With all matches are closed to spectators and being played behind closed doors, you can still catch all the live action via Cowdray TV here
King Power Gold Cup Schedule:
Sunday 5 July: 12pm Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Scone & 3pm Polo Stud Schockemöhle vs Park Place Vaara
Monday 6 July: 12pm Monterosso vs Next Generation & 3pm Park Place vs Thai Polo NW
Thursday 9 July: 12pm Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Park Place Vaara & Park Place vs Next Generation
Friday 10 July – Argentine Ambassador’s Cup: 12pm Monterosso vs Scone & 3pm Polo Stud Schockemöhle vs Thai Polo NW
Tuesday 14 July: Park Place vs Scone & Monterosso vs Park Place Vaara (Time TBC)
Wednesday 15 July: Monterosso vs Park Place Vaara & Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Thai Polo NW (Time TBC)
Saturday 18 July: Centenary Cup Match 1 ¬– Team Ranked 1 vs Team Ranked 6 & Vichai Srivahannabrhaba Match 2 ¬– Team Ranked 4 vs Team Ranked 5
Wednesday 22 July: Ellerston Cup Semi Final Match 4 ¬– Team Ranked 1 vs Winner Match 2 & Tramontana Cup Semi Final Match 4 – Team Ranked 2 vs Winner Match 1
Saturday 25 July: Ashton Silver Cup Subsidiary Final
Sunday 26 July: King Power Gold Cup Final
King Power Gold Cup Teams:
Group A
Les Lions/Great Oaks (22): Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola/Alejandro Muzzio (7), Dillon Bacon (2), Barto Castagnola (7) & Santiago Laborde (6)
Monterosso (22): Alessandro Bazzoni (0), Guillermo Terrera (8), Ignacio Toccalino (8) & Jeronimo del Carril (6)
Park Place (22): Andrey Borodin (0), Kian Hall (3), Gonzalito Pieres (9) & Facundo Pieres (10)
Polo Stud Schockemöhle (19): Echard Jules (0), Patrick Maleitzke (4), Jaime Huidobro (7) & Diego Cavanagh (8)
Group B
Next Generation (22): Jean-Francois Decaux (0), David ‘Pelón’ Stirling (9) Adolfo Cambiaso Jnr (3) & Adolfo Cambiaso (10)
Park Place Vaara (22): Zac Beim (1), Will Harper (3), Juan Britos (8) & Hilario Ulloa (10)
Scone (22): David Paradice (0), Ollie Cudmore (6), Nico Pieres (9) & James Harper (7)
Thai Polo NW (22): Ned Hine (3), Jack Richardson (6), Juan Martin Zubia (7) & Rodrigo Rueda (6)
Photograph: Action from Day 1 of The King Power Gold Cup Final, Next Generation were defeated by Les Lions/Great Oaks. By Mark Beaumont Photography

Wed 1st Jul 2020

HPA Elite Development Pathway & Players announced

Plus Covid-19 Steering Group 30 June Notes

In the HPA’s No 9 Update for Clubs (published on 13 June), it was detailed that “The 8 goal and above and Victrix Ludorum may proceed as planned but each team must include a minimum of 3 professional or aged 16 and over elite pathway players (as 1st January 2020), along with the team player/manager who will is responsible for putting together and entering the team. The HPA will produce a list of elite pathway players shortly which will be kept under review as the season progresses.”
Yesterday, Tuesday 30 June, the details of the HPA Elite Development Pathway as well as those players who are included as part of the Elite Development Squad were published. The HPA Elite Development Pathway is open to British and Irish players who fulfil the following criteria:
Mixed handicaps
Any player aged over 16 and under 19 on 1st January who has a current handicap of at least zero goals.
Any player aged over 18 and under 21 on 1st January who has a current handicap of at least one goal.
Women’s handicaps
Women players aged over 16 and under 19 on 1st January who have a current handicap of at least one goal.
Women players aged over 18 and under 21 on 1st January who have a current handicap of at least three goals. 
The entire list of players who meet the above criteria and are included on the HPA’s Elite Development Squad are listed in below:
Name Age at 01/01/20 Mixed Women’s 
Luke Wiles 16 3
Ed Walker 16 2
Timi Badiru 16 1
Alfie Hyde 16 1
Edward Morris 16 1
Marcus Speed 16 1
Zachary Dampier 16 0
Ben Fleming 16 0
Harry Fuller 16 0
Barney Hughes 16 0
Riley Leake 16 0
Myles Murphy 16 0
George Smith 16 0
Will Harper 17 3
Ned Hine 17 3
Zachary Beim 17 1
Oliver Conway-Johnson 17 1
Louis Heard 17 1
Tom Jodrell 17 1
Connor Kay 17 1
Christian Oberschneider 17 1
Kiki Severn 17 1      3
Lola Barlow 17 0      2
Cecily Day 17 0
Gabriel Iglesias 17 0
Morgan Parry-Joyner     17 0
George Deverall 18 2
Milly Hine 18 2      6
Charlie Townsend 18 2
Frankie Barlow 18 1
Dylan Hateley 
Padfeild Jones 18 1
George Hobbs 18 1
Stanhope-White    18 1     3
Monty Swain-Grainger 18 1
Faris Ashraf 18 0
Danyaal Choudary 18 0
Ben Crookes 18 0
Archie Fuller 18 0
Capucine Granchi 18 0    3
Amelia Hughes 18 0    2
Oscar Power 18 0
Alex Telfer 18 0
Matthew Thake 18 0
Lachlan Gilmore 19 3
Jack Aldridge 19 2
Yesterday, Tuesday 30 June, the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) held another Covid-19 Steering Group meeting which was attended by David Woodd, Michael Amoore, Victor Chua, Antony Fanshawe, Chris Bethell, Josh Tuthill, Mark Tomlinson, Tim Bown, Issy Branch, Olly Hughes and Lucy Lewis. The notes from the meeting are outlined below:  
1. Notes of Meetings Tue 23 Jun. Noted.
2. Outlook. No change but regular discussions continue to be held with DCMS. Govt is clearly under pressure to allow recreational cricket to start and ECB pushing for a change on 4 July. Difficult for the Govt to approve sports which include amateurs on an individual basis. 
3. Elite Pathway Players. Due to go on the website today. 
4. Rules and Umpire Measures. Agreed that:
All teams should appoint a Covid Marshall responsible for their team’s social distancing and wearing of face coverings (tent, pony lines, loading, unloading). If there was evidence of abuse of the above the team Captain would be subject to an immediate fine of up to £500 payable before the next game.
Any player who failed to wear a suitable face mask that covered his mouth and nose effectively when playing or changing ponies would be penalised with a minimum Penalty 5b or a yellow card and/or a sin bin and only allowed back on with an effective mask. An umpire who failed to enforce the above would have his fee reduced by 50%.
Teams in the 22 goals would continue to be limited to playing 40 ponies in a match but could take 2 spare ponies in case of injury on the journey. Any team playing more than 40 ponies would be liable to disqualification and a fine.
Teams would be allowed to use their substitutes to hold spares. Subs limited to 5 to allow for a double substitution.
The ‘no contact’ rule would be amended with contact allowed as soon as the umpire called play. The use of the whip could still not be used until the ball was in play, ie when it was hit or hit at. 
No change to the length of chukkas in the 22 goal. 
5. Procedures. 
Agreed that it was important that clubs and individuals maintained high standards and did not allow them to slip.
Confirmed that a face mask must always be worn if persons were within 2 m of each other and put on if that was appearing likely. However, if persons were practising social distancing correctly, then they were not required to wear one by Govt guidelines and this applied at a polo ground. 
6. Clubhouses. 
a. Agreed that the Govt guidelines were that polo should be played behind closed doors and that this meant still no spectators at polo (incl over 70s). Where catering facilities existed at clubs, it was up to clubs as to whether they could open within the guidelines and independently and separate from any polo being played.
7. Covid-19 Education and Test. Agreed that this requirement should apply to all attendees at polo and should be delayed by a week, so effective Wed 8 July.  
8. Next Meeting. 1100 Tue 7 July 2020. 

Mon 29th Jun 2020

Double Win for Park Place

Success in Prince of Wales & Black Bears Victrix Ludorum

Last week was a fruitful few days for Park Place’s teams! 
On Wednesday 24 June, The Prince of Wales Final took place at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club between Park Place and Les Lions. Both teams reached the Final unbeaten, with blemish free scoresheets, having both enjoyed two wins each. Les Lions opened the scoring with the first goal, but Park Place soon settled into their rhythm and took an early lead. The boys in blue managed to maintain the pressure throughout the Final and ran out the winners with a final score of 13-9. Kian Hall scored six goals and was justly awarded the Most Valuable Player prize. The Polo Times Best Playing Pony was Lovelocks Illusive, owned by Park Place and played by Gonzalito Pieres. 
Later in the week, the first Victrix Ludorum Series Final took place with The Black Bears Women’s Tournament Final. The series comprises of seven tournaments played at different clubs across the UK, with eight 18 goal teams competing. The Black Bears Women’s Tournament Final was played on Sunday 28 June between Park Place and Tarantula, with Park Place taking an 8-3½ win. Milly Hine’s Mosqueta was awarded the Best Playing Pony honours. A full report will follow in the next issue of Polo Times. Want to gift a subscription to a friend? Click here.   
Prince of Wales Final Teams:
Park Place (22): Andrey Borodin (0), Kian Hall(3), Gonzalo Pieres (9) & Facundo Pieres (10) 
Les Lions (22): Alejandro Muzzio (7), Dillon Bacon (2), Barto Castagnola (7) & Santiago Laborde (6) 
The Black Bears Women’s Tournament Final Teams:
Park Place (18): Varvara Borodina (1), Cata Lavinia (3), Lía Salvo (8) & Milly Hine (6)
Tarantula (17): Kristina Karailieva (3), Robyn Evans (3), Rosanna Turk (5) & Heloise Wilson-Smith (6)
Photograph: Lovelocks Illusive, the Polo Times Best Playing Pony. By Park Place

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