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Queens Cup: Final set
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Queens Cup: Final set

la Indiana & RH will go head to head on Sunday

June 14, 2017
June 14, 2017
La Indiana and RH Polo have qualified for Sunday’s Cartier Queen’s Cup Final after winning their respective matches. The spectators at Guards Polo Club were treated to two superb matches, which highlighted the very best of the high-goal.
 
LA INDIANA 14-11 MURUS SANCTUS
 
La Indiana, who were finalists in 2016, did not have an easy path to victory today, thanks to a great partnership from Murus Sanctus’s Hilario Ulloa and Facundo Sola. Ulloa was the first one to score and found a couple before La Indiana got started. MVP Tincho Merlos made up for it before the end of the first chukka, putting through a field goal and penalty to level up the scores 2-2. This was pretty much a template for the early stages of the match, with the scores levelling 6-6 at the half-way stage.
 
La Indiana turned on the pressure in the fourth, with some impressive aerial play from Merlos and Nic Roldan. The tension became evident through Murus Sanctus giving away too many penalties. Michael Bickford’s boys took these with interest, piling through the goals to make it 13-9 at the end of the fourth. At last some daylight in the scores and La Indian took advantage. The downside was a much more stop/start affair with the umpires being kept busy. The sixth was very tense and Murus Sanctus struggled to find their earlier spark, while Merlos defied nerves to produce a fabulously corner to take his team’s tally to 14. Ulloa closed the match as he had started it, with a goal, but it was too late to stop La Indiana winning this match and the Hubert Perrodo Trophy. 
 
MVP: Tincho Merlos.
BPP: Delta, owned by Bickford and played by Tincho Merlos in the fourth chukka.
Score La Indiana: 2-2, 4-5, 6-6, 11-7, 13-9, 14-11.
 
RH POLO 14-12 EL REMANSO
 
Adolfo Cambiaso, who is chasing a record 10th Queen’s Cup victory, remains on target after RH Polo defeated El Remanso 14-12 in the second semi-final of the day. However RH Polo, who had been impressive in the early stages of the tournament and headed up their league, did not have everything their own way as Charlie Hanbury’s El Remanso team fought for possession in every moment of this match. This quartet of four English players came to this semi-final after knocking out King Power Foxes. Hanbury was impressive in the line ups, invariably winning them for his team. This was followed up by some great team-work between James Harper, James Beim and Ollie Cudmore, ensuring El Remanso were always very much in this game. In a similar format to the earlier match, tensions surfaced in the third, with Cambiaso successfully converting three penalties and firing through a field goal to give Ben Soleimani’s team an 8-4 lead at half-time.
 
El Remanso turned the tables in the fourth, with Harper sending up some perfect shots to his team-mates to level the score 9-9 just before the end of the fourth. The fifth was equally tough, but will be remembered for Cambiaso’s sportsmanship. Beim had a fall but was back on his feet unhurt, but minus his pony and the play continuing further down the field. Cambiaso remained with Beim, so that the match, for a short period, remained balanced, three on three. Harper shot through a goal at this time to level the scores again, only for Cambiaso to then fire through a penalty to give RH Polo the edge going into the sixth (12-11). With both Cambiaso and Beim scoring in this chukka, extra time seemed possible, but when Tommy Beresford successfully converted a 30-yard penalty, RH Polo’s place in Sunday’s final was assured. 
 
MVP: Adolfo Cambiaso (Scored 12 goals for his team).
BPP: Rosita, owned by Ollie Cudmore and played in the fourthh chukker.
Score RH: (0-1) 1-2, 4-4, 8-4, 10-9, 12-11, 14-12.  
 
The Queen’s Cup will continue on Thursday with the Subsidiary Semi-Finals:
3pm: Sommelier v Talandracas, at Manor Farm. 
3pm: Monterosso Polo Team v King Power Foxes, at Coworth Park.   
 
Picture Galleries:
Semi 1 - La Indiana vs Murus Sanctus
Semi 2 - RH Polo vs El Remanso
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