|Wed 22nd May 2019|
Cartier Queen’s Cup Underway
Park Place secure first win
The 2019 Cartier Queen’s Cup began yesterday, Tuesday 21 May, with the first match between Park Place and Monterosso Polo Team.
Park Place lost out on The Queen’s Cup title in 2018 after being defeated in the Final by La Indiana, and this year they seem set on once again reaching the Final, and no doubt are aiming to take the top title. Monterosso, winners of the 2018 Prince of Wales Trophy and 2019 Prince of Wales subsidiary finalists, were very much in with a chance in the first half, and thanks to the skill of Ignacio Toccalino and Joaquin Pittaluga, they were leading 2-1 at the end of the first chukka.
However, the second half saw a change in momentum as the powerful combination of Juan Britos and Hilario Ulloa applied the pressure and increased Park Place’s lead to 7-4 and a goal apiece from Ulloa and Britos in the fifth chukka saw Park Place steaming ahead. Monterosso came back fighting and managed to lock down Park Place in the sixth chukka, which resulted in a goal less seven minutes for the boys in blue, whereas Monterosso secured three. The match teetered on the edge of over-time, but Pittaluga’s final shot on goal went wide, and with it Park Place secured the first win of The 2019 Cartier Queen’s Cup, 9-8.
The second match of the day was between UAE Polo and Casa La Vista Ibiza and was a much more clear-cut match, with UAE Polo clearly dominating the action and the scores. By the end of the final chukka, UAE Polo held a convincing score of 14-7.
The Queen’s Cup action continues for the next few weeks, with matches most days, until the Final on Sunday 16.
Photograph: Park Place secured their first win of The Cartier Queen’s Cup yesterday. by ©www.imagesofpolo.com
Tue 21st May 2019
The Copenhagen Cup
Wellington College triumph at Guards
On Sunday 19 May, before The La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Trophy, the annual Copenhagen Cup was played for, with a great display of youth teams. In The Copenhagen Cup Final Wellington College defeated Harrow 5-4, Hugo Taylor’s Dolfina Milla was awarded the La Martina Best Playing Pony rug and Louis Hine received The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award. The Copenhagen Cup Subsidiary Final saw Rugby defeat Millfield 4½-1. Also played on Sunday were The Copenhagen Shield Final and Subsidiary Final. In the Final narrowly defeated Eton 4-3½, whilst Heathfield Diamonds defeated Marlborough College 7-2.
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Copenhagen Cup Teams:
Harrow (-3): Marc Lindgren (-2), Dougal Barr (-2), Michael Fitzgibbon (-1) & Hugo Taylor (2)
Millfield (-2): Jemima Heffron (-1), Armand Le Page (-1), Gabriel Iglesias (0) & Harry Fuller (0)
Rugby School (-4): Amin Fazal (-2), Ned Ponsonby (-2), Fred Thame (0) & Toby Bradshaw (0)
Wellington College (0): Will Drewitt (-1), Jakob Samonig (-1), Louis Hine (0) & Ned Hine (2)
Copenhagen Shield Teams:
Eton (-5): Tad Sikorski (-2), Seb Stanga (-2), Harrison Murphy (-1) & Tom Jodrell (0)
Heathfield Diamonds (-7): Kiki Severn (-1), Victoria Schneider (-2), Minty Clarry (-2) & Kitty Clarry (-2)
Marlborough College (-5): Cyriaque Genest (-2), Harry Alexander (-2), Eloise Fanshawe (-1) & William Millard (0)
Stowe (-4): Jamie Baillie (-1), Billy Hawkins Byass (-2), Henry Hobby (-1) & Ivan de Poligny (0)
Photograph: Wellington Collage, winners of The Copenhagen Cup. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com
Mon 20th May 2019
UK Weekend Round-Up
Four 15-22 goal Finals
Over the weekend, 18 – 19 May, the UK saw a bonanza of polo across all levels, but especially in the medium and high goal with the Finals of The La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Trophy at Guards Polo Club, The Prince of Wales Trophy at The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and The Trippetts Challenge played for the James Wentworth Stanley Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club. Here we bring you a short round-up of the scores, with full reports to follow in Polo Times
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The first of the UK’s high goal tournaments, The Prince of Wales Trophy, came to an end on Saturday 18 May at The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club. Dubai got off to a strong start, dominating the first two chukkas so by the start of the third chukka Marchfield trailled 3-6. However, Marchfield, led by 10 goal Argentine powerhouse Pablo Mac Donough, managed to not only lock down Dubai’s attacks but also levelled the scores to 6-6 at half-time. This meant the second half was a totally different game to the first as a reinvigorated Marchfield dominated the plays to reach a 13-7 lead by the end of the fifth chukka. However, the mighty Dubai weren’t ready to give up that easily and scored four goals to none in reply from Marchfield in the final chukka. Yet, it wasn’t enough, and Marchfield secured The Prince of Wales Trophy with a final score of 13-11.
This year The Trippetts Challenge played for the James Wentworth Stanley Cup had five locally based sides taking part in the competition with Michael Bickford’s La Indiana and Corinne Ricard’s Murus Sanctus making it through to the Final. La Indiana led the scoring from the start and despite Alfie Hyde being substituted for patron Michael Bickford due to injury, La Indiana continued their goal scoring spree and ended the match with a convincing 12-8 win.
Meanwhile, on Sunday 19 May, the Finals of La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Trophy were played at Guards Polo Club between Bardon and OS Challengers. A strong partnership and some impressively angled goals from Santiago Laborde and Matias Machado delivered victory for Bardon in a tense, penalty-packed Final on The Queen’s Ground, with a final score of 9-8. La Martina has supported this competitive 15-goal contest for more than a decade and this was the second time patron Andras Tombor has put his name on this silverware, having won the honours in 2017. Matias was later named The Polo Magazine’s Most Valuable Player. Nick Hine, publisher of Polo Times, then awarded Matias Machado with the Best Playing Pony blanket for Aruba, who is owned by team-mate Santiago but whom Matias had played in the second and fourth chukkas.
Also on Sunday, Black Bears Polo Club hosted The Oxfordshire Cup Final between Black Bears and Ferne Park. Black Bears secured an early lead, but Ferne Park fought back and relentlessly piled on the goals. The final chukka saw the goals tied at 8-8 and with the trophy at stake, it was Black Bear’s Ollie Cudmore who managed to secure the winning goal for his team. Best Playing Pony plaudits went to Paco O’Dwyer’s pony Malibu and Ollie Cudmore was justifiably awarded the Most Valuable Player prize.
Photograph: The weekend saw a bonanza of polo action across the UK. By ©www.imagesofpolo, Mark Saunders & Mark Beaumont