Titleholders Dubai lose Queenâ€™s Cup league lead
By Herbert Spencer
Reigning titleholders Dubai, with 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, were knocked out of first place in League Three of the Harcourt Developments Queenâ€™s Cup Sunday when they were narrowly defeated by Edouard Carmignacâ€™s Talandracas 11 goals to 10 at Guards Polo Club.
Ali Albwardyâ€™s Dubai won the first chukka, but Talandracas held their opponents scoreless in the second to take the lead. Dubai led 6-5 at half-time, but Talandracas effectively secured victory in the fifth period when they outscored Dubai three to one, with both teams scoring only a goal apiece in the sixth and final chukka.
Six-goaler Facundo Sola was man of the match for Talandracas, scoring 6 of his teamâ€™s 11 goals.
In the first of the dayâ€™s other league matches, Jean-FranÃ§ois Decauxâ€™s La Bamba de Areco downed Adrian Kirbyâ€™s 1870 team 11-8 to secure a place in the quarter-finals from League 2. Kirbyâ€™s side, however, still has a chance to make the first eight.
Joachim Gottschalkâ€™s Les Lions beat Paul Oberschneiderâ€™s La Golondrina 11-7, with Agustin Merlos scoring nine of Les Lionâ€™s goals. Les Lions are now joint leaders of League 4 with Lyndon Leaâ€™s Zacara.
The last of the Queenâ€™s Cup league matches will be played Monday: Zacara v Loro Piana, El Remanso v Sumaya, Piaget v Emlor and Aravali v Mansour Jaeger-LeCoultre.