One goal wins mark three British Open league games

One goal wins mark three British Open league games 

By Herbert Spencer

Competition was unusually tight Wednesday with all three league games won with a single goal in the British Open Championship for the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club. 

The match between Edouard Carmignac’s Talandracas, winners of this year’s Queen’s Cup, and Christopher Hanbury’s El Remanso, went into extra time before Talandracas secured a 12-11 victory.

 El Remanso was without their injured star, David “Pelon” Sterling, who was substituted with Eduardo Heguy. The Hanbury team did have the advantage of a goal on the scoreboard to start, Talandracas having gone to 23 goals when their Facundo Sola was raised to 7 midseason.

After a first chukka tie, El Remanso kept the lead throughout the match until Talandracas equalised in the six, pushing the match into extra time. Sola scored the golden goal in the seventh to give Talandracas their win.

Ali Albwardy’s Dubai, the Gold Cup titleholders, led through most of their match against Lyndon Lea’s Zacara, but finally won by only a single goal, 13-12. Patron Lea was injured in the sixth and was substituted with Harry White.

Scoring was equal in the match between Stefano Marsaglia’s Piaget and Jerome Wirth’s Enigma, but Piaget started with a point reflecting the team handicap difference and it was this that gave Marsaglia’s side their 9-8 victory.