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Thu 13th Jun 2019

Scone Polo and Park Place Secure Final Spots

The Cartier Queen’s Cup Final decided

The finalists for the 2019 Cartier Queen’s Cup have been decided, following two thrilling matches at Guards Polo Club yesterday, Wednesday 12 June. 

David Paradice’s Scone Polo were the first to secure their Final position, following a surprise 7-5 win against Top Srivaddhanaprabha’s VS King Power. Scone Polo, the only new name on this year’s team sheet, didn’t start the tournament well, losing their first two matches, but as the weeks progressed, the team found their form, winning the next three games to place them against the notoriously strong VS King Power in the Semi Finals. The four man power team, Scone Polo, which includes two British greats, James Beim and James Harper played a particularly impressive match of end-to-end polo, with few umpire’s whistles and winning horse races up and down the field when it really mattered. Despite two perfectly timed goals from Srivaddhanaprabha when it mattered to keep his team in contention, at the final whistle, it was the newbies who sailed to Sunday’s Final. Harper was named Most Valuable Player, receiving his prize from Carrie Perrodo, the widow of Hubert Perrodo, whilst his team mate Nico Pieres’s new pony Honey D’Amore, purchased only three-weeks-ago, was awarded the Best Playing Pony rug. 
The rain was well and truly on the way as the second Semi Final commenced on The Queen’s Ground. The game saw a rematch between 2018 Cartier Queen’s Cup finalists La Indiana and Park Place, with both teams vying for the final coveted spot. Park Place dominated the first half, finding themselves 7-3 up at half-time, due mostly to number three Hilario Ulloa’s monster of a third chukka, in which he scored three goals in as many minutes. Facundo Pieres and Rodrigo Andrade began to fight back for La Indiana and such was the change in pace, that Park Place failed to score in the fifth chukka, bringing La Indiana to within spitting distance of evening the scoreboard at 8-6. But, the sixth chukka sealed the deal for Andrey Borodin’s side, with another excellent goal from Benjamin Urquiza (his fourth of the day) and one from Juan Britos to put Park Place into their second consecutive Cartier Queen’s Cup Final. Ros Packer presented The Kerry Packer Trophy to Borodin and awarded Ulloa with the Most Valuable Player honours, to little surprise, but a loud cheer, from the assembled crowd! His legendary stallion Minchatos Mesquite was once again presented with the Best Playing Pony rug, an award he so righteously won this time last year. 
The Cartier Queen’s Cup Final will take place at 3pm on Sunday 16 June at Guards Polo Club. Polo Times and our sister publication The Polo Magazine will be in attendance, so stay tuned on all our social media channels for updates throughout the day and make sure to subscribe here now for the full report in the next issue. 
The Cartier Queen’s Cup Semi Final Teams:
Scone Polo (22): James Harper (6), James Beim (7), Nico Pieres (9) & David Paradice (0)
VS King Power (22): Top Srivaddhanaprabha (0), Polito Pieres (9), Marco Di Paola (7) & Juan Martín Zubía (6)
La Indiana (22): Dillon Bacon (1), Jimbo Fewster (3), Rodrigo Andrade (8) & Facundo Pieres (10)
Park Place (22): Andrey Borodin (0), Benjamin Urquiza (5), Juan Britos (7) & Hilario Ulloa (10)
Photograph: Scone Polo and Park Place will do battle in The Cartier Queen’s Cup Final on Sunday 16 June. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com 

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