The Queen’s Cup, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, continued at Guards Polo Club with two exciting semifinal matches. The results mean that Les Lions/Great Oaks and Park Place will go head to head on Sunday, August 23, in the final of the competition, which was established in 1960 to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The first semi saw Les Lions/Great Oaks and Thai Polo NW battle it out. Thai Polo received two goals on handicap and made the most of their advantage in the first two chukkas. But Dillon Bacon’s team made a comeback in the third to tie the match 5-all by half time. The two following chukkas saw Les Lions/Great Oaks leading the match. Thai Polo NW never gave up, and were able to tie the game 9-all by the end of the sixth. This sent the match into an extra chukka. That’s when Barto Castagnola came through to score a great goal and secure a place for Les Lions/Great Oaks in the final.
The second semifinal, between Park Place and title holders Scone, told a very different story. Park Place overwhelmed David Paradice’s team, who couldn’t do that much against a merciless and powerful Pieres’ duo. By the second chukka, Park Place had taken an impressive 5-0 lead. The match did not present too many problems for Andrey Borodin’s boys – their powerful polo and well balanced team play, combined with the skills of the two Pieres brothers, Gonzalito and Facundo, led them to a 14-8 victory and gave them a place in the final.
Les Lions/Great Oaks and Park Place will meet on The Queen’s Ground on Sunday, August 23, at 3pm.
QUEEN’S CUP SEMIFINALS:
- LES LIONS/GREAT OAKS 10-9 THAI POLO NW (in OT)
LES LIONS/GREAT OAKS: Dillon Bacon 2, Camilo Castagnola 7 (7 goals), Bartolomé Castagnola Jr. 8 (2), Santiago Laborde 6 (1).
THAI POLO NW: Ned Hine 3 (1), Miguel del Carril 6 (1), Jack Richardson 6 (2), Tomás Beresford 6 (3).
Score Les Lions/Great Oaks: (0-2) 2-5, 3-5, 5-5, 7-5, 8-7, 9-9. 10-9.
- PARK PLACE 14-8 SCONE
PARK PLACE: Andrey Borodin 0 (2), Will Harper 3 (4), Gonzalo Pieres Jr. 9 (3), Facundo Pieres 10 (5).
SCONE: David Paradice 0 (1), Ollie Cudmore 6 (1), Nicolás Pieres 9 (6), James Harper 7 (2).
Score Park Place: 3-0, 5-0, 7-3, 9-5, 11-5, 14-8.