Murus Sanctus – La Magdeleine 15 – 9 UAE Polo Team
Talandracas 11 – 8 Emlor
Murus Sanctus-La Magdeleine were fighting for their Cartier Queen’s Cup life this afternoon and created a brilliant rescue attempt. Sapo Caset decided to deliver some of his best polo in this game to ensure that Murus Sanctus-La Magdeleine can breathe for a few days more. Their opposition was the unbeaten UAE Polo Team who have been impressive in every game so far. However some fabulous goals off the sticks of Caset and Facundo Sola – although too many penalties stopped this being classed as a good game – delivered Murus Sanctus-La Magdeleine that much needed third league win. UAE got themselves back in contention after a shaky start by levelling in the third (6-6) but then the tension showed. Murus Sanctus-La Magdeleine successfully converted four penalties plus a clutch of goals in the next two chukkas, to only one penalty from Tommy Beresford and a lovely goal from Polito Pieres, who made the most of finding himself on his own. So with the score at 15-8 going into the sixth chukka in favour of Murus Sanctus-La Magdeleine, they just had to keep UAE from finding the flags too often. This they achieved, the only goal in this chukka was a Tommy Beresford penalty.
The second match of the day, also played at 3pm, saw Talandracas win their second game of the tournament. They defeated Spencer McCarthy’s Emlor who were looking for their first win. Spencer himself had a good game, scoring a trio of goals himself as well as setting up Max Charlton to score in the second. With both teams needing a win this was a close game with the scores level at the end of the first (2-2), fourth (6-6) and the fifth (8-8). Jeta Castagnola then confirmed Talandracas’s superiority with two goals and a penalty to win the game. A clutch of yellow cards emphasised the importance of this match to both teams; Jeta receiving a card in the fourth and Alfredo Bigatti and Tincho Merlos each being shown a card in the sixth and final chukka.
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