By Diana Butler, Communications Director Guards Polo Club. Photos by www.imagesofpolo.com (Tony Ramirez).
Top Srivaddhanaprabha’s VS King Power defeated Rashid Albwardy’s Dubai (rec 2 goals) 13-10 in another thrilling quarter-final match, this time played on the Queen’s Ground at Guards Polo Club on Sunday afternoon.
Dubai had the edge in the first three chukkas – leading 8-5 at half-time. The second half was all about VS King Power, fighting back from the first ball of the fourth chukka. They started to better understand how the young Castagnola boys play and successfully closed them down whenever possible.
This tactic was so effective that Dubai failed to score in the fourth, while V S King Power put through a couple. Top’s team gradually added to their tally – Polito Pieres in particular having a great second half, offering some wonderful displays of aerial polo. He also played well with the rising star, Juan Martin Zubia, who made sure that he was always in the right place to receive a pass.
In the sixth chukka, VS King Power pulled away from their rivals, securing not only four more goals but a place in Wednesday’s semi-final.
This victory also meant that VS King Power won the Gerard Leigh Cup, which was presented by David and Jessica Gerard Leigh, son and granddaughter respectively of Guards Polo Club’s second Chairman, Col William Gerard Leigh.
Cartier Queen’s Cup Semi-Finals – Wednesday 12 June
12noon Scone Polo v V S King Power for the Hubert Perrodo Trophy
4pm La Indiana v Park Place for the Kerry Packer Trophy