Zacara and Talandracas edge upset wins

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BRITISH TRIPLE CROWN: JAEGER-LECOULTRE GOLD CUP FOR THE BRITISH OPEN (2016) – DAY 13
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Zacara vs. Apes Hill, during day thirteen of the 2016 Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, Tuesday, July 5th, at Cowdray Park Polo Club

Zacara vs. Apes Hill, during day thirteen of the 2016 Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, Tuesday, July 5th, at Cowdray Park Polo Club / Photo by Tony Ramirez/Images of Polo / imagesofpolo.com


 

Zacara – 8 (OT)

Tom Brodie (3), Lyndon Lea (1),
Lucas Monteverde (8), Pablo Macdonough (10)

Apes Hill – 7

Tom Beim (3), Mark Tomlinson (6),
Eduardo Novillo Astrada (9), Alec White (4)


Zacara defeated Apes Hill 8-7 and Talandracas took King Power Foxes 11-10 on Day 13 of the 2016 Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open.

Both matches epitomized the meaning of a “down-to-the-wire” victory, with the first taking it to the extreme. Spectators held their breath for more than two hours as Apes Hill fought their way back from a seemingly insurmountable 6-2 halftime deficit. The core of the battle unfurled in the tense final chukkas.

It’s not uncommon, of course, for a polo match to be decided in the last two chukkas, but normally that means the fifth and sixth. This time the pivotal chukkas were not only the seventh, but also a rare eighth.

Apes Hill started the scoring in the first chukka as Mark Tomlinson peppered the goalmouth with two rapid-fire unanswered goals. Lucas Monteverde gave it right back, promptly scoring twice in the second. Zacara kept Apes Hill off the scoreboard for two consecutive chukkas (two and three), only to have their opponent return the favour in the fourth and fifth.

Tom Brodie had an outstanding day, scoring twice in the third to fuel the Zacara push. His back-to-back goals came on passes from the team’s 10-goaler, Pablo MacDonough, for whom Brodie provided powerful backup throughout the match. Brodie held the line in the sixth, making Zacara’s only goal. With all four players contributing to the scoreboard on the day, Apes Hill consistently inched forward to make the score 7-all at the end of the sixth.

Neither side scored in the first extra-time chukka. Finally in the eighth MacDonough sealed the deal on a 40-goal penalty for Zacara.

–Darlene Ricker

 

Talandracas vs. King Power Foxes, during day thirteen of the 2016 Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, Tuesday, July 5th, at Cowdray Park Polo Club

Talandracas vs. King Power Foxes, during day thirteen of the 2016 Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, Tuesday, July 5th, at Cowdray Park Polo Club / Photo by Tony Ramirez/Images of Polo / imagesofpolo.com


 

Talandracas – 11

Edouard Carmignac (0), Pablo Pieres (9),
Tommy Beresford (4), Sapo Caset (9)

King Power Foxes – 10

Tal Srivaddhanaprabha (0), Hugo Lewis (2),
Gonzalito Pieres (10), Facundo Pieres (10)

 


The Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship was established in 1956, when it was then known as the Cowdray Park Gold Cup. The trophy itself was stolen in 1968, and has not been recovered. Stowell Park and Tramontana share the record for most wins, with five titles apiece.
 


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