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2017 season in England
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2017 season in England

High goal teams set

April 5, 2017
April 5, 2017
By Alejandra Ocampo

While the season in Palm Beach is entering its final stages with the US Open, England is preparing for an exciting new season.

The upcoming British season was in jeopardy due to the Visa ruling issue. At one point, the Home Office banned the Hurlingham Polo Association from providing endorsements for the 2017 season, suspending a special rule that allowed the employment of foreign players, rated at any level, as well as grooms. Luckily, an agreement was reached, so teams are getting ready to play several tournaments in England, including the two most prestigious polo competitions: The Queen's Cup, at Guards Polo Club, and The Gold Cup, at Cowdray Park Polo Club.

The most exciting news of the season is Adolfo Cambiaso new team. This year he won't be playing with his long team team Dubai, but with Ben Soleimani's RH. Double Gold Cup winners King Power will look to pose a challenge to RH, as brothers Gonzalo and Facundo Pieres return to the line-up. 

Speaking of brothers, the Hanbury boys will play in different teams: Charlie will be with El Remanso, while George will be play in a new team: Sommelier Polo Team. 

La Indiana are also set to return. They were one of the most successful teams of 2016, making it to the final of the Queen's Cup and the Gold Cup. This year Michael Bickford, Nic Roldán and Agustin Merlos will play alongside  Luke Tomlinson.

There will be two new teams: Corinne Ricard's Murus Sanctus (only played the Gold Cup in 2016), in a lineup that will include two young stars, Facundo Sola and Hilario Ulloa, and Alessandro Bazzoni's Monterosso.

Two lineups have chosen to play one of the two high-goal tournaments: Habtoor, with Nico Pieres, will play the Gold Cup, while Sifani are due to play the Queen's Cup.

The Queen's Cup will be played from May 23 to June 18, and the Gold Cup will take place from June 27 to July 23. 

There will be plenty of tournaments for all levels, making England a very competitive season.


El Remanso:
Charlie Hanbury 4, Ollie Cudmore 5, James Beim 6, James Harper 6. 
Sommelier Polo Team: 
George Hanbury 3, Fred Mannix 8; Juan Gris Zavaleta 7, Alec White 4.
La Indiana:
Michael Bickford 1, Agustín Merlos 8. Nic Roldán 7, Luke Tomlinson 6.
Ben Soleimani 0. Adolfo Cambiaso 10, Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade 8. Tomás Beresford 4. 
Murus Sanctus: 
Corinne Ricard 0, Facundo Sola 8, Hilario Ulloa 10, Dirk van Rennen 4. 
Edouard Carmignac 0, David Stirling 10, Guillermo Caset 9, Jack Hyde 3. 
King Power: 
Top Srivaddhanaprabha 0, Gonzalo Pieres Jr. 10, Facundo Pieres 10, TBA 2.
La Bamba de Areco: 
Jean-Francois Decaux 0, Rodrigo Rueda Jr. 6. Cristian Laprida 8, Diego Cavanagh 8.
Alessandro Bazzoni 1, Ignacio Toccalino 8, Santiago Toccalino 8, Matt Perry 5.
Sifani (Queen's Cup):
Hilali Nordeen 0, Jerónimo del Carril 5, Julián de Lusarreta 7. Guillermo Terrera 8.
Habtoor (Gold Cup for the British Open): 
Mohammed Al Habtoor 0, Nicolas Pieres 8, Francisco Elizalde 7, Isidro Strada 6.