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Queen's Cup draw and fixture set

May 9, 2017
May 9, 2017
The Queen’s Cup draw took place on Monday at Guards Polo Club. Special guests and representatives from the participating teams were present at the event. Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK, drew the teams. Four seeded teams were drawn first (La Indiana, RH Polo, King Power Foxes and Talandracas), followed by the remaining six teams. 

The complete fixture was announced Tuesday. The Queen's Cup will kick off on May 23rd with the following order of play:
12pm: King Power Foxes vs Sifani
3pm: El Remanso vs Talandracas

Complete fixture

League One: 
La Indiana: Michael Bickford 1, Nic Roldan 7, Tincho Merlos 8, Luke Tomlinson 6. Total: 22.
Talandracas: Edouard Carmignac 0, Sapo Caset 9, Pelon Stirling 10, Jack Hyde 3. Total: 22.
Sommelier: George Hanbury 3, Juan Gris Zavaleta 7, Fred Mannix Jr 8, Alec White 4. Total: 22.
El Remanso: Charlie Hanbury 4, Oliver Cudmore 5, James Beim 6, James Harper 6. Total: 21.
Monterosso: Alessandro Bazzoni 1, Cubi Toccalino 8, Santiago Toccalino 8, Matt Perry 5. Total: 22.

League Two: 
RH Polo: Ben Soleimani 0, Tommy Beresford 4, Adolfo Cambiaso 10, Rodrigo Andrade 8. Total: 22.
King Power Foxes: Top Srivaddhanaprabha 1, TBC 1, Gonzalo Pieres 10, Facundo Pieres 10. Total: 22.
La Bamba De Areco: Jean Francois Decaux 0, Diego Cavanagh 8, Magoo Laprida 8, Rodrigo Rueda 6. Total: 22.
Sifani: Hilali Noordeen 0, Jero del Carril 6, Julián de Lusarreta 7, Guillermo Terrera 8. Total: 21.
Murus Sanctus: Corinne Ricard 0, Hilario Ulloa 10, Facundo Sola 8, Dirk Van Reenen 4. Total: 22.
 
Anthony Fanshawe, in his third season as Manager of Guards Polo Club, spoke to Pololine regarding the upcoming season.

On the Visa issue in the UK: "I think the visa issue has had a big effect because some people are cutting off their polo; but polo is going to continue happening, for sure. Those who have European visas, like Argentines or Australians are getting better paid, and it's positive. We thought we'd have less polo and less teams at Guards but fortunately we were wrong. Guards is a members club, not a private club, and if we get less money this year, it will have an effect. If this season is a disaster - which I don't think it will be - we'll have to look for a way to maintain this, because it is very expensive."

On the new fields at Guards: "Currently, the club has a new field at Flemish Farm, the Castle Ground, overlooking the Windsor Castle behind. We've already played 15-goal and 18-goal on this field last season. Every single game was amazing, very well played; it's a big field that allows for fast polo. I guess we will use this ground during the Queen's Cup for the first time this year; we're a bit nervous about it! We settled the field for the Queen's Cup last winter. It will be a great high goal season, no doubt about it. It should be perfect! The idea is to get permission from the club to move the road that goes behind ground one along grounds 4, 5 and 6, move that it along the woods on the left. That will give us room to set four new fields where grounds 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 currently are, all of them with drained, fully irrigated fields. That's the plan; we will start in September with moving the road first."

On polo at Guards and the UK: "Despite the situation, Guards have plans to get better and increase all the time; we're very positive. But it's not just about professional polo; I mean, it's OK with professional polo, but in England there are a lot of people who play polo, which was not the case when I was 20-years old. No one played polo in England; there were no polo schools or pony clubs. So polo is much bigger now, and I think there is a massive problem with professional polo, and that has changed in the last twenty years. No one expected a one-goaler or a two-goaler to be paid to play back then, and now a lot of people are getting paid to play polo. I think they have the right to be paid, but I'm not sure if I agree with that. We're talking about it, there are too many people who think of money first, and that's what polo is not about. Of course everyone needs to make a living - the grooms have to be well paid, that's obvious - but if you think you have to be paid to win a game, well, to me that's the end of polo. It's not fun."

On improving Guards' passion: "The nature of the club is all about the members, what they do. If the members have a bad time, they come to polo and they say: 'Oh, I'm having a bad time'. You need the members to have fun at the club, that's why we give them the best facilities, it's what we are doing or at least what we try to do. Guards gives them the best polo fields, and you can see our efforts. This sport is very passionate, aggressive, fast and with high adrenaline. It's a crazy sport, but having fun in this sport is the best thing in the world."