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Thu 20th Aug 2020

Queen’s Cup Finalists Decided

Les Lions/Great Oaks & Park Place

The 2020 Cartier Queen’s Cup Semi Finals were originally scheduled for Wednesday 19 August, but with more than 15mm of rain the Semi Finals were postponed until yesterday, Thursday 20 August, in order to avoid the deluge. A wise decision, as yesterday the sun was shining as the four semi-finalists took to the grounds to battle it out for their place in Sunday’s Final. 
The first match of the day saw Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Thai Polo – both teams had met earlier in the tournament, with Les Lions/Great Oaks winning by just on goal, would they be able to replicate the win? Thai Polo received a two goal handicap advantage and by the end of the first chukka were ahead 5-2, with lovely displays of four-man polo. However, Les Lions/Great Oaks continued unabashed and by half-time had levelled the scores to 5-5. Both teams remained evenly matched throughout the second half and with the clock counting down, the scored again were tied, 8-8; Jeta Castagnola pushed Les Lions/Great Oaks ahead to 9-8 but Tommy Beresford scored a penalty to level the scores once again and pushed the match into an extra chukka. The seventh chukka was frenetic, Thai Polo gained possession but failed to convert this into the golden goal, and Barto Castagnola pounced on the ball, ran to goal and scored the winning goal for Les Lions/Great Oaks and with it securing his team’s place in Sunday’s Final. Brian Stein, Chairman of Guards Polo Club, presented Dillon Bacon with The Hubert Perrodo Trophy, Santiago Laborde received the Best Playing Pony prize for Clarita and Thai Polo’s Jack Richardson was the Cartier Most Valuable Player. 
The second Semi Final was a much more one-sided affair, with Park Place aiming for their third consecutive Queen’s Cup Final (although they have yet to secure the trophy) and their determination to win was evident from the first whistle. After two chukkas Park Place were leading 5-0 and last year’s champions, Scone Polo seemed to be struggling to keep up as they failed to find their previous form. The match was a family filled affair as Will and James Harper faced each other from opposing teams, Will Harper had a fantastic match and was justly awarded the Cartier Most Valuable Player prize. By the fifth chukka Scone Polo had failed to catch up and the scores read 11-5, not ones to sit on their laurels Park Place continued to send goal after goal home until the final whistle with the final scores reading 14-8 in their favour. 
So the Final is set, Park Place and Les Lions/Great Oaks will meet at 3pm on Sunday 23 August on The Queen’s Ground at Guards Polo Club. The Final will be played behind closed doors, but it will be live streamed via GuardsTV. 
The Cartier Queen’s Cup Final Teams: 
Les Lions/Great Oaks (23): Dillon Bacon (2), Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola (7), Barto Castagnola (8) & Santiago Laborde (6)
Park Place (22): Kian Hall (3), Andrey Borodin (0), Gonzalito Pieres (9) & Facundo Pieres (10)
 
Photograph: Park Place and Les Lions/Great Oaks will meet in Sunday’s Final. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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