La Bamba win narrowly in Queenâ€™s Cup league
By Herbert Spencer
Jean-FranÃ§ois Decauxâ€™s La Bamba de Areco had another narrow escape Tuesday when they beat Karan Thaparâ€™s Aravali by 7 goals to 6 in their second league match for the Queenâ€™s Cup at Guards Polo Club.
La Bamba de Areco are the only team in the tournament with two 10-goalers, brothers Gonzalito and Facundo Pieres, supported by French patron Decaux and Englandâ€™s own 19-year-old Matt Perry. They have been a powerhouse, winning the British Open in 2009.
Aravali are newcomers to high goal and, according to their coach Howard Hipwood, have only played together once before, losing to Adrian Kirbyâ€™s 1870 in their only other Queenâ€™s Cup match.
The Pieres brothers managed to keep La Bamba ahead throughout the low-scoring, six-chukka match, but only just. The match would have gone into extra time had Aravaliâ€™s 7-goaler Marcos Di Paola not missed a try just seconds before the final hooter.
Decauxâ€™s team just eked out a win in their first league match and will need to improve if they are to be serious contenders in later stages of the Queenâ€™s Cup.
In the dayâ€™s other Queenâ€™s Cup match at Brooksfield, Cowdray Park Polo Club, Eduoard Carmignacâ€™s Talandracas defeated Oussama Aboughazaleâ€™s Sumaya 10-9. Thus far half the league matches have been won by a single goal.