El Remanso edges out Loro Piana in one of best Queenâ€™s Cup games
By Herbert Spencer
The Hanburysâ€™ El Remanso beat Alfio Marchiniâ€™s Loro Piana 15-14 in the last minute of their Queenâ€™s Cup match Saturday (29 May).
The hard-fought match on the Dukeâ€™s Ground at Guards Polo Club was seen by many as perhaps the best game of the whole tournament thus far, fast and open with the two closely-matched teams trading points throughout. â€œThis was polo at its very best,â€ commented HPA chief executive David Woodd.
El Remanso, the team fielded by non-playing patron Christopher Hanbury for his sons Charlie and George, kept the edge through most of the encounter thanks to a brilliant performance by their Uruguayan 9-goaler David â€œPelonâ€ Sterling who was up against Loro Pianaâ€™s 10-goaler Juan Martin Nero. In the end, however, the two teams scored equally from the field.
The Hanbury squad, rated at 21 goals against Loro Pianaâ€™s 22, started with a point on the scoreboard and kept the lead through most of the first three chukkas until Nero equalised just on the half-time bell.
El Remanso recovered the lead and kept it, but only barely, through the next two periods. In the sixth it was anybodyâ€™s game, with the lead changing several times. It was El Remansoâ€™s Jaime Huidobro who scored the winner with a 60-yard penalty conversion less than a minute before the final bell.