Wins for Talandracas and La Indiana
La Indiana 10 – 9 El Remanso
La Indiana’s narrow win over El Remanso edges them closer to an automatic semi-final spot with one match to play. Michael Bickford’s team remain unbeaten and they are looking the strongest candidates to head up League One. However El Remanso gave them a major scare today – coming back from 4-1 down in the second to take the lead 7-6 in the fifth. The all-English team, headed up by Charlie Hanbury, put on a great performance on The Duke’s Ground and had lots of vocal support from the spectators. This was anyone’s game in the second half and both teams carried on fighting until the final whistle. In fact this match was so tight that extra time looked likely. But, with Nic Roldan picking up a ball from team-mate Luke Tomlinson and then running it all the way to goal, La Indiana’s victory today was assured.
Talandracas 13 – 9 Sommelier
Talandracas, who have had mixed fortunes in this year’s competition, secured their second victory, this time over George Hanbury’s Sommelier. The latter was also looking for their second win and as Fred Mannix said in a tweet before the game: “Win tomorrow and we play the quarter-finals of the Queen’s Cup”. It was not to be though as Talandracas, minus their patron, but playing the young Englishman Will Harper in his place, put up three goals in the first chukka to none in reply from Sommelier. Hanbury’s team gradually got themselves back into this fairly flowing game, played on the Castle Ground at Flemish Farm, and by the end of the fourth chukka, were only trailing 10-7. However time was against them and Talandracas, who had been consistent throughout all six chukkas, with goals from Pelon Stirling, Jack Hyde, Sapo Caset and Harper, won the match 13-9.
Tomorrow’s matches - Sunday 4 June
- RH Polo v Sifani at 12 noon at Coworth Park
- La Bamba de Areco v Murus Sanctus at 3pm at Guards Polo Club. The winning team will receive the Richard Watt Cup