Gold Cup Day 1
Talandracs 8 vs 9 Murus Sanctus
In the first match of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open, Murus Sanctus continued their upward trend, defeating Talandracas 9 goals to 8 in a clean, if close, game. Although never letting them get more than a couple of goals ahead Talandracas found themselves chasing the Murus Sanctus team led by 10 goaler Hilario Ulloa throughout the match. Few fouls from either side meant a clean game dominated by field goals rather than a scrappy foul riddled match as was the case in their last match up in the quarter finals of the Queen’s Cup in which Murus Sanctus also came out on top. There were no big Fantasy scorers in the game, perhaps a testament to its closeness, even Ulloa and Guillermo “Sapo” Caset (usually known for their 30+ scores were only just able to achieve 20 with 22.75 (highest scorer of the game) and 21 respectively. Facundo Sola was out with injury and swapped with Francisco Elizalde who was able to hold his own and score a respectable 21.75 points.
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El Remanso 11 vs 9 La Bamba de Areco
A close, nail biting finish in the second match of the day saw El Remanso cling to their lead over a determined La Bamba de Areco side after a 6 chukka battle. Tempers ran high of and an unusually high 3 yellow cards were given out (Diego Cavanagh, Rodrigo Rueda and Charlie Hanbury) as well as a total of 16 fouls (only Harper avoided the umpires whistle) meant low scores all round except for Christian Laprida and James Harper who scored 34 and 26 respectively. Despite the high number of fouls, the match was open and field goal heavy, with everyone except James Beim and Ned Hine (in for Jean Francois Decaux) getting their names on the scoreboard and there was plenty for the crowds to get excited about. The final chukka held out at 9-9 with the clock running down, Laprida having scored to equalise, but it was not to be and a penalty 1 by Rueda meant a free goal to El Remanso that was shortly followed by a field goal to seal the win at 11-9.
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Ph: Cymon Skinner – People of Polo