Cartier Queen’s Cup Day 11
Park Place 11 – 8 UAE Polo ll & King Power 16 – 10 Vikings
A change of line up for Park Place today as Andrey Borodin was unable to play and his place was taken by Sebastian Petragallo. Despite this change in personnel, Park Place went on to secure their third league win in this year’s tournament but had to remain focused against a defensive UAE Polo ll team. This was a back and forth game at Coworth Park that saw both teams level at half-time, 4-4. The game opened up a little more in the second half and Park Place found some air in the fifth when UAE Polo ll failed to score at all. However there was plenty of tension, with both Sebastian Petragallo and Jaime Huidobro being shown yellow cards in the fourth chukka. Two goals apiece in the sixth chukka ensured victory for Park Place but both teams delivered some good play and Hugo Taylor was particularly impressive in defence for UAE Polo ll. Park Place have now completed their league stages, winning three out of four games but will have to wait and see where they will finish heading into the quarter-finals.
King Power proved that starting strong pays off, beating the Vikings 16-10 on The Duke’s Ground at Guards Polo Club. They were 5-0 up at the end of the first thanks to goals and penalties from Fran Elizalde and Charles Cooney. By half-time King Power had cemented their dominance 11-3. The South African John Watson again subbed for Vikings patron Siri Evjemo-Nysveen in the second half of this match and the team gradually put themselves back into contention, offering some really strong team play. Juan Martin Zubia scored six goals in this second half but had mixed fortunes as he was also given a yellow card in the sixth. It should be noted too that despite leading from the first chukka King Power were taking no chances in this game and continued to push until the final whistle. Both teams have one league game each left to play and will be eager to go to next weekend’s quarter-finals with three league wins under their belts.
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