Fresh off their victory in the Copa de Plata Appletiser (Silver Cup) final, Lechuza Caracas is still blazing in Sotogrande. This week they snagged a place in the semifinals of the primo event of the season: the Maserati Copa de Oro (Gold Cup) high-goal. Lechuza defeated Dos Lunas A&G Banca Privada 11-9 as the 2018 International Polo Tournament gallops toward a conclusion at Santa María Polo Club.
Lechuza Caracas overpowered Dos Lunas, again courtesy of their 10-goalers, Juan Martin Nero and David Stirling. The score at halftime stood 7-4 for Lechuza. Dos Lunas managed to outscore Lechuza in the second half, but it was too little too late. Baited by Lechuza, they got into consistent foul trouble that made it impossible to recover. Nero took full advantage every time his opponent sent him to the penalty line, going 5-for-6.
Dos Lunas mainstays Facundo Sola and Kian Hall swarmed the field in the final chukker and tightened the gap to a very respectable two goals, ending the contest 11-9.
SCONE POLO TO FACE VALIENTE IN COLORADO OPEN FINAL
A newcomer to the Colorado Open, Scone Polo earned a place in the final, defeating Hawaii Polo Life 11-7 at Valiente Polo Farm/J5 Equestrian Center. In Wednesday’s other third round game, defending champion Valiente, who was already through, defeated Colorado 7-5.
Wednesday’s games followed an intense weekend. A double dose of Cambiaso (Adolfo and Poroto) propelled Valiente to a 9-4 win Sunday over Colorado, who Valiente defeated in last year’s final. Saturday’s Hawaii Polo Life/Scone Polo faceoff was the most stunning game so far of the 20-goal tournament. Both teams were searching for their first wins when the game flipped on its head in the final chukker.
Hawaii Polo Life, who had been trailing at the end of every chukker (except for a tie in the first), made an astounding comeback in the final minutes to win 12-10. The performance of MVP Diego Cavanagh, game high-scorer with seven goals, was pivotal.
“We went into the last chukker with nothing to lose. We all went in attack position, and when we had the opportunities we scored,” said Cavanagh.
The Colorado Open final is this Saturday, August 25 at Denver Polo Club in Sedalia. It is being held in conjunction with PoloFest Denver, an all-day music and entertainment festival at the same venue. Tickets: polofest.com
BANQUE ERIC STURDZA WINS SWITZERLAND’S TOP TOURNAMENT AGAIN
Cedric Schweri and his teammates on Banque Eric Sturdza raised the trophy last week in their second Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad, which is Switzerland’s highest-goal tournament (14 goals).
It was more than a fight; this was war. Clinique La Prairie attacked so strongly to the point where one could wonder if the game was not going to be one-sided.
“In the beginning of the game, we did not really play well,” said Schweri, captain of Banque Eric Sturdza. “The other team started the game off very strongly, and it began to look bad for us. But our team is like a good Swiss clock: It takes time to adjust, but once it runs, it runs with great regularity.”
Things went uphill for Banque Eric Sturdza in the second chukker. “We then started to speed up our game,” said Schweri. Marcelo Pascual’s lightning accelerations and brilliant organization of his team were crucial. He made the two goals that tied the game in the last chukker. All there was left to do for Brazilian Joao Novaes was to score on a 30-yard penalty, giving Banque Eric Sturdza their second consecutive title.
The tournament's top scorer was Argentine Agustin Canale, who made 15 goals total, averaging five per game.