By Diana Butler, Communications Director Guards Polo Club. Photos by www.imagesofpolo.com (Tony Ramirez).
David Paradice’s Scone Polo – making their Cartier Queen’s Cup debut – are finding their form at the right stage of this year’s 22-goal tournament. A narrow, 10-9 win over Alessandro Bazzoni’s Monterosso has secured Scone a quarter-final test against the Carmignac family’s Talandracas team this Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, current Cup holders, Michael Bickford’s La Indiana – like Talandracas, automatic quarter-finalists – have to get past Jean-Francois Decaux’s La Bamba de Areco in Saturday’s second game to continue their Cartier story. La Bamba earned their place in this next stage of the competition by beating Corinne Ricard’s Murus Sanctus in the first knockout match of the week.
Sunday’s quarters will see HH Sheikha Maitha’s UAE Polo, automatic qualifiers, play last year’s finalists, Andrey Borodin’s Park Place in what sure to be a fast-paced game, with both teams having some fabulous horsepower. The latter won their knockout match by beating Spencer McCarthy’s Emlor 13-11.
The final quarter-final – played for the Gerard Leigh Cup – will also be played at top speed. Rashid Albwardy’s Dubai will face Top Srivaddhanaprabha’s VS King Power. Dubai had to go through the knockout stages – defeating Hilali Noordeen’s Casa La Vista Ibiza – to ensure their survival, but these two quarter-final teams are no strangers to victory in this tournament and have the horsepower – so spectators will be guaranteed some fabulous polo.
Games will be played at 11am and 3pm both days – check the Guards website for grounds on the day – and will be show live at GuardsTV.