Sumaya to face Apes Hill in Harcourt Developments Queenâ€™s Cup Final
By Antje Derks
Two very different semi finals took place at Guards Polo Club yesterday. The first, between Sumaya and
However, it was last yearâ€™s runners up â€“ Sumaya â€“ who dominated the first chukka, and with another superb goal by Milo Fernandez Araujo at the start of the second, they had a 5 â€“ 2 lead over Dubai. Sumayaâ€™s strength was winning the throw-ins. Indeed four out of the five goals they scored came as a direct result of snatching the ball from the line-out.
The teams stayed neck-and-neck at seven goals each at half-time.
The tension got to both the teams and there were penalties a-plenty. Not least a penalty that was moved up due to Cambiasoâ€™s arguing with the umpire. It was this crucial moment that, in my opinion, lost the game for
The second semi between Apes Hill and Lechuza Caracas was a messy affair. Both teams were unbeaten in the league stages and as a result were very evenly matched. Having seen Apes Hill play a stunning match in their quarter final, I felt they took a while to find their rhythm yesterday. There were far fewer goals in the early chukkas and many more infringements that in the first semi, and at times it was a bit like watching paint dry.
By the end of the third chukka though, things had started to rock and roll for Apes Hill and they edged in front by two goals; 4 â€“ 2. By the end of the fourth chukka, Apes Hill had advanced their lead to 6 â€“ 3. Lechuza Caracas managed to claw one back at the start of the fifth chukka, but Guillermo Caset really shanked a chance to catch up further, by missing a 30 yard open goal penalty. Apes Hill showed their superiority and effortless team play after Luke scored probably the tournamentâ€™s best goal. Mark followed suit and suddenly Apes Hill had opened up a four-goal lead.
A penalty in favour of Lechuza was missed by Caset, and another vital opportunity to catch up had been thrown away. Despite scoring three goals in the final chukka, Lechuza still trailed Apes Hill by two goals, due to Luke smashing in another 30 yard penalty, showing Guillermo Caset just how it should be done. Final scores: Apes Hill 9; Lechuza Caracas 7.