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2017 Cartier Queens Cup coverage

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El Remanso remains undefeated; King Power improves to 2-1


Story By Alex Webbe, Photo of Gonzalito Pieres courtesy of Images of Polo.


Talandracas 12, Monterosso 11  OT
El Remanso 13, Sommelier 6
King Power 13, La Bamba de Areco 9

A stubborn La Bamba de Areco (Jean Francois Decaux, Diego Cavanagh/Santiago
Toccalino/Rodrigo Andrade, Magoo Laprida and Rodrigo Rueda, Jr.) team kept it close
in the early goings of Wednesday afternoon’s Cartier Queens Cup match, trailing by a
single goal, 5-4 at the end of the first half before an explosive King Power offense (Hugo
Taylor, Charles Cooney, Gonzalito Pieres and Facundo Pieres) ran away with the 13-9

Taking a one goal lead into the fourth chukker and hoping to improve on their 1-1
record, Gonzalito Pieres scored back-to- back goals for King Power as they stretched
their lead to three goals, 7-4. Facundo Pieres scored the final goal of the period while
an oppressive King Power defense held La Bamba de Areco scoreless for an 8-4 edge.

Rodrigo Andrade took the field for La Bamba de Areco in the fifth period (replacing
Santiago Toccalino-who replaced an injured Diego Cavanagh in the third), but King
Power continued to press their attack. A well-placed pass from Facundo Pieres to
Charles Cooney resulted in a goal and a 9-4 King Power advantage. Magoo Laprida
responded with a blistering shot on goal from over 100-yards out to trail, 9-5. Gonzalito
Pieres closed out the scoring for King Power for a five-goal lead, 10-5, with one chukker
left to play.

Facundo Pieres opened the sixth period with a 60-yard penalty conversion, 11-5, and
followed it up with a goal from the ensuing throw-in to make it 12-5. La Bamba de
Areco team captain capitalized on King Power penalties, scoring on a pair of 30-yard
penalty shots, 12-7. Facundo Pieres added another 60-yard penalty goal for King
Power for a six-goal, 13-7 lead, with less than four minutes on the game clock. La
Bamba de Areco scored the final two goals of the game with Laprida adding a goal and
Andrade getting on the scoreboard for the first time. When the bell sounded, however,
it was King Power with the 13-9 victory.

The win boosts the King Power record to 2-1 while La Bamba de Areco remains winless
in two games, 0-2.


Talandracas 12, Monterosso 11 OT

Monterosso (Alessandro Bazzoni, Ignacio Toccalino, Santiago Toccalino and Matt
Perry) and Talandracas (Edouard Carmignac, Guillermo Caset, Pelon Stirling and Jack
Hyde) didn’t play like two winless teams (0-2) in Wednesday’s opening match.

The two teams battled to an 11-11 tie in regulation time before a Monterosso foul sent
Sapo Caset to the penalty line after just 1:38 gone in the overtime chukker. Caset
converted the 30-yard shot for the 12-11 victory.

The win was the first of the tournament for Talandracas (1-2), while Monterosso fell to

El Remanso 13, Sommelier 6

El Remanso (Charlie Hanbury, Oliver Cudmore, James Beim and James Harper)
remained undefeated with a 2-0 record after dispatching Sommelier (George Hanbury,
Juan Gris Zavaleta, Fred Mannix and Alec White) in a second noon match. The loss is
Sommelier’s first in Queens Cup play, leveling its record at 1-1.

With the win, El Remanso joins only two other unbeaten teams in RH Polo (Ben
Soleimani, Tommy Beresford, Adolfo Cambiaso and Rodrigo Andrade) and La Indiana
(Michael Bickford, Nic Roldan, Agustin Merlos and Luke Tomlinson).

La Indiana and El Remanso sit atop the League I standings with 2-0 records while RH
Polo is currently in sole possession of first place in League II play at 2-0.

A Saturday afternoon match between La Indiana and El Remanso will cut the number of
undefeated Queens Cup teams down to just two. The second Saturday match will see
Sommelier play Talandracas.