In a stunning 13-8 victory over Valiente on Sunday, La Indiana plowed their way into today’s semifinals of the King Power Gold Cup for the British Open 2018. La Bamba de Areco secured their place in the quarterfinals with a 10-8 win over Talandracas.
“It’s tough to keep the momentum going coming off a Queen’s Cup victory. But once you get to the semifinals of the Gold Cup none of that matters. It’s a clean slate and a brand new canvas,”said La Indiana’s Nic Roldan.
Roldan said his team wasn’ t surprised at taking down Valiente in the quarters. “We had a couple shaky games coming into the Valiente game, but we were hungry. We knew what we had to do. We also knew it was going to be super tough. Valiente is always strong. But we also knew we’re a very competitive team. We stuck to our system, changed things up a bit in the third chukker and came out really strong in the last three chukkers. And here we are, back in the semifinals again [like last year],” he said.
BPP UK honors in the quarterfinals went to Open Galáctica (Ellerstina Pícaro x Ellerstina Galaxia), played by Facundo Pieres of La Indiana, and Machitos Firenzey, played by Pelon Stirling (La Bamba de Areco).
Today’s semis pairings: El Remanso v. La Indiana (noon) and La Bamba de Areco v. RH Polo (3 p.m.), both on Wednesday. All times are local. All Gold Cup games may be viewed in their entirety post-match at: http://cowdraypolo.co.uk/cowdray-tv/ The final is set for next Sunday, July 22.
POSTAGE STAMP FARM ROCKS GREENWICH IN USPA SILVER CUP
After a 12-8 win last week over Faraway, Postage Stamp did it again three days later, defeating Island House 13-10 in the USPA Silver Cup on Sunday. Postage Stamp swept the awards:Marcos Garcia del Rio was MVP, and BPP went to Machitos Yupanqui, owned by Postage Stamp Farm and played by Brandon Phillips.
The Silver Cup continues this week. Four 16-goal teams are competing: Postage Stamp (Annabelle Gundlach A, Marcos Garcia del Rio 5, Brandon Phillips 4, Mariano Gonzalez 7); Island House (Peter Holowesko A, Santino Magrini 4, Pedro Gutierrez 5, Matias Magrini 7); Faraway (Stevie Orthwein 4, Kris Kampsen 6, Julian Daniels 6, Hutton Goodman A), and Huntsman (Mackenzie Weisz 1, Toro Ruiz 6, Tomás García Del Río 7, Segundo Merlos 2).
HIGH POWER RULES BRITISH LADIES OPEN
The Gold Cup isn’t the only big tournament taking place at Cowdray Park this week. Ten teams, including three with 18-goal totals, are competing in the Ladies British Open Championship. The teams for tomorrow’s matches: Nephilim v. Dobson and Horrel (both 18 goals), and Monterosso (18) v. Tarantula (16).
Top firepower in the tournament includes 10-goaler Nina Clarkin, Lia Salvo (9 goals) and Hazel Jackson (8). Eyes are also on Mia Cambiaso (6).
The first games produced the following results: UAE Polo Team def Apes Hill/The Villages 6-4; Dobson and Horrel def Maiz Dulce 7-5, and Monterosso def Cowdray Vikings 6-5. The final is set for this Saturday, July 21.
It was a big weekend for France, which hosted the 15-goal International Polo Cup final in Saint Tropez and whose soccer team won the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in Moscow. VT Wealth Management took Marquard Media 14-10. Ten teams competed in two divisions (15- and 10-goals). In the 10-goal Antelope defeated Battistoni 8-7.
High-scorers in the 15-goal, both making 8 goals: Gerardo Mazzini (VT Wealth Management) and Martincito Aguerre (Marquard Media). Tete Storni was MVP, and Darker than blue, played by Martincito Aguerre, was BPP.
In the 10-goal France’s Caroline Anier (Antelope) was MVP. Matisse, played by Pablo Jauretche (Battistoni), was BPP.
Photography: Snoopy, Helen Cruden, and Katerina Morgan