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Mon 10th Aug 2020

Cartier Queen’s Cup Continues

Weekend wins for Thai Polo NW & Segavas

Over the weekend, The Cartier Queen’s Cup continued at Guards Polo Club with wins for Segavas and Thai Polo NW. 
On Saturday 8 August, with temperatures soaring to 36 degrees in the late afternoon, the only match of the day was moved to an earlier time of 11am in order to avoid the heat. The temperatures did not appear to affect Segavas who enjoyed registering their first win of the tournament with a 15-11 win against Polo Stud Schockemöhle, despite Polo Stud Schockemöhle starting with a four goal handicap advantage. Segavas’ final qualifier match is tomorrow, Tuesday 11 August, where they will face Monterosso – both teams are searching for the important second win to give them third place in League Two and a guaranteed Quarter Final match, so tomorrow is an important day for both teams. 
Yesterday, Sunday 9 August, the action continued with plenty of goals between Thai Polo NW and MT Vikings at Flemish Farm. Going into the match, Thai Polo NW were looking for their third win to secure them a better chance of leading League One and advancing straight into the Semi Finals. Meanwhile, MT Vikings needed their second win in the tournament to keep their tournament hopes alive. The tensions were reflected in the penalties from both sides in the opening minutes of the match and in the second chukka MT Vikings’ Sebastian Merlos was sent off with a red card, meaning his team had to play with just three players for two minutes. Tommy Beresford took full advantage and scored from both the penalty line and the field. From the third chukka, Ignacio ‘Cubi’ Toccalino substituted for Merlos, Toccalino is currently playing for MT Vikings’ sister team Monterosso and so was familiar with Merlos’ horses, which was evident as he fired a great field goal through the posts. With four players apiece, both teams fought to gain possession throughout the remainder of the match, with each team matching their opponents’ goals. In the end, despite a last-minute goal from Toccalino, Thai Polo NW secured themselves a 12-11 win and with it The Richard Watt Cup, presented by the Watt family in memory of a former Chairman of Guards Polo Club.  
The tournament action continues tomorrow, Tuesday 11 August, with Monterosso vs Segavas (12pm) and Next Generation vs Park Place (3pm).
Photograph: Thai Polo NW are the only team in League One to have registered three wins so far. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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