Kirbyâ€™s 1870 team win in Queenâ€™s Cup league
By Herbert Spencer
Adrian Kirbyâ€™s 1870 team easily dominated Ben Solieaniâ€™s Mansour Jaeger-LeCoultre by 13 goals to 6 Wednesday to top League Two of the Harcourt Developments Queenâ€™s Cup at Guards Polo Club.
Unlike most of the other teams in the 22-goal Queenâ€™s Cup, centred on Argentine professionals, Kirbyâ€™s pros are all from Australasia: 8-goaler John Paul Clarkin from New Zealand and Australians Ruki Ballieu, 7, and Rob Archibald, 6.
The team also has some fine Thoroughbred ponies from Down Under and they made a difference as Kirbyâ€™s 1870 outstripped Mansour Jaeger-LeCoultre, led by 9-goal Argentine Eduardo Novillo Astrada, in pony power.
The match gave 1870 a 2-0 win/loss position in their league and at this point they top the bracket and the tournament with the biggest difference in goals scored. This makes Kirbyâ€™s Australasian side strong contenders to qualify for the final stages of the 2011 Queenâ€™s Cup.
In an earlier match at Guards, Ali Albwardyâ€™s Dubai, the reigning titleholders led by 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, beat Christopher Hanburyâ€™s El Remanso, with his sons Charlie and George playing, by 9 goals to 6. Dubai are now the leaders in League Three of the Queenâ€™s Cup with a 2-0 win/loss record.