Enigma, Richard Mille win in Queenâ€™s Cup
By Herbert Spencer
Jerome Wirthâ€™s Enigma squeezed past Spencer MacCarthyâ€™s Emlor 9-8 Friday to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the 22-goal Harcourt Developments Queenâ€™s Cup at Guards Polo Club.
Emlor were the only all-English team in the tournament, but have replaced Luke Tomlinson, sidelined with a leg injury, with Chilean JosÃ© Donoso. MacCarthyâ€™s side took an early 3-0 lead in the first chukka and were still ahead at halftime.
In the sixth period, Enigmaâ€™s French patron Wirth scored an impressive goal to put his team 8-7 ahead, only to be answered by a penalty conversion by Emlorâ€™s Nacho Gonzalez. The final bell tolled and it looked like the game would go into overtime.
Then in the last 30 seconds allowed at the end of a tied match, Enigmaâ€™s Matias MacDonough broke away and scored to give Enigma their third victory of the tournament.
In the dayâ€™s other match at Guards, Prince Bahar Jefriâ€™s Richard Mille downed Stefano Marsagliaâ€™s Piaget by 12 goals to 9. Richard Mille led by 5-4 at halftime, with two fine goals by patron Bahar in the third chukka. Then Piaget unluckily lost Magoo Laprida to a fall in the fourth chukka and Hilario Ulloa from the Zacara team substituted. Richard Mille slowly increased their lead to win.