RESULTS OF THE QUALIFICATION GAMES OF 19 AUGUST 2010
The first day of the 15th edition of the HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP GSTAAD was marked by high performance and summer weather.
The game plan read as follows:
1.30 pm: Team Bank Baring Brothers Sturdza against Team Hublot
3.00pm: Team Star Design against Team Gstaad Palace.
The first match ended with a very tight result. Bank Baring Brothers Sturdza won 10 to 9 against Hublot. Both teams played extremely well. The difference was clearly made by Marcos Heguy (hcp 10) who marked 8 goals including the last, winning one. The interactive team play between Marcos Heguy and Gaston Lauhle (hcp 7) was excellent. Team Hublot was led by the always superb combination of reactions of the Mendendez brothers (hcp 7 and 6). The team was unlucky insofar that the winning goal was marked in the 30 seconds of prolongation of the 5th chukker.
The field being in a better condition for the teams of the first match, Star Design and Gstaad Palace could not show as much speed as their predecessors. The result of this match was even tighter than the first one: Gstaad Palace Team won against Star Design by 7.5 to 7. The match was clearly led by Alejandro Agote (hcp 8). Together with Justo Saavedra (hcp 6) he they built a perfect team, Justo opening the game for Alejandro wherever possible. Star Design seized a few good chances. Newcomer Jack Richardson (hcp 3), 19 years old, was particularly impressing. Richardson was declared the best young player 2010 in Great Britain.
The semi-final matches will take place on Saturday, 21 August at 1.30pm and 3pm. The game plan reads as follows:
1.30pm: Bank Baring Brothers Sturdza against Star Design
3.00pm: Gstaad Palace against Hublot.