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Thu 13th Aug 2020

Queen’s Cup Quarter Finals Set

Action continues on Saturday

Yesterday, Wednesday 12 August, the Cartier Queen’s Cup league matches came to and end at Guards Polo Club, the results of which decided those teams playing in Saturday’s Quarter Finals. 
The first match yesterday was between Les Lions/Great Oaks and Park Place Vaara on The Castle Ground at Flemish Farm, with a stunning backdrop of Windsor Castle. Until this point, Park Place Vaara had failed to win a single match in the tournament, but the combination of Juan Britos and Tommy Marin Moreno were transformed into goal scoring machines, securing five and four goals respectively. Remarkably, the scoreboard remained empty until the third chukka, nearly unheard of in a high goal match, but by half-time both teams had notched up several goals apiece and the half-time bell rang out to a score of 7-6. The scores continued to change rapidly in the second half, but in the end Park Place Vaara managed to hold onto the advantage and took the win, 11-10. Although Park Place Vaara won the day, they head to the Subsidiary Quarter Finals on Sunday where they will play Segavas. Les Lions/ Great Oaks find themselves in a repeat of last month’s Gold Cup Final against Next Generation on Saturday. 
The second match yesterday between MT Vikings and Scone, the final league match of the 2020 Cartier Queen’s Cup, delivered a thrilling game with both teams fighting every inch. MT Vikings were joined for the first time by their patron Siri Bazzoni who was recovering from injury, however Bazzoni did have to retire after a couple of chukkas and her place was again taken by Holly Butler, who has been so impressive in defence for the Vikings. MT Vikings faced further line-up upheaval as they were without Sebastian Merlos who had been given a red card in his last match, so his place was taken by Ignacio Toccalino who plays for the organisation’s Monterosso team. Despite these changes, both teams were evenly matched and the first half saw the scores tied at 5-5 going into half-time. Nico Pieres’ goal scoring spree took Scone into the lead with a three goal advantage, but James Beim (who last year formed part of the Scone line-up) brought MT Vikings back into the chukka, scoring one for himself and setting up another goal for teammate Juan Martin Zubia to take the scores to 9-8 at the end of the fifth chukka. Toccalino levelled the scores at the start of the sixth chukka, but James Harper sent home the final goal to secure Scone a 10-9 win and with it a place in Saturday’s Quarter Finals. 
You can watch all of the action live via GuardsTV.
Cartier Queen’s Cup Schedule:
Quarter Finals – Saturday 15 August: Scone vs Monterosso (12pm) & Next Generation vs Les Lions/Great Oaks (3pm)
Subsidiary Quarter Finals – Sunday 16 August: Monterosso Vikings vs Polo Stud Schockemöhle (12pm) & Segavas vs Park Place Vaara (3pm)
Semi Finals – Wednesday 19 August: Park Place vs TBC & Thai Polo vs TBC
Subsidiary Semi Finals – Thursday 20 August
Finals – Sunday 23 August
Photograph: Scone will face Monterosso in the Quarter Finals on Saturday. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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