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Cartier Queens Cup opening day


Zacara hammers Sifani in Cartier Queens Cup Opener

By Alex Webbe

You would have expected opening day jitters from the fledgling Zifani polo team (Hilali Noordeen, Matias Torres Zavaleta, Nic Roldan and Juan Ambroggio), but it was Zacara that seemed a little slow to get on track in the opening game of the 2014 Cartier Queens Cup as they battled to a 2-2 first chukker.

Zifana seemed to have the upper hand in second chukker action, outscoring Zacara, 2-1, and taking a 4-3 lead after the second chukker of play.

The Zacara defense showed up in the third, shutting down the Zifani attack. Goals from Facundo Pieres and Gonzalo Del Tour had Zacara in front, 5-4 at the end of the first half.

A reorganized Zacara team took the field for the fourth chukker, s coring four unanswered goals and taking an 8-4 lead over an out-gunned Sifani foursome.

Sifani could find no offense in the fifth period as Zacara hammered them with five more goals without any response from Zifani. At the end of the fifth Zacara sat on top of a commanding 13-4 lead.

The two teams traded goals in the final chukker with Zacara team captain Lyndon Lea getting on the scoreboard in his team’s 15-6 blowout win.


Enigma (Jerome, Chris Mackenzie, Sapo Caset and Guillermo Willington) got off to a slow start Tuesday afternoon at The Guards Polo Club in the opening day of play in the 2014 Cartier Queens Cup, but managed to rebound in the second half to score a comfortable 13-9 win over HB Polo (Ludovic Pailloncy, Ignacio Toccalino, Pite Merlos and Sebastien Pailloncy).

HB Polo took an early 3-2 lead but Enigma battled back to tie it up at 5-5 at the end of the third chukker.

Enigma took control of the game in the second half, outscoring HB Polo two to one and finishing off the day with a 13-9, four goal win.

Cartier Queens Cup play continues on Wednesday, May 21st with Talandracas (Edouard Carmignac, Juan Martin Nero, Polito Pieres and Santiago Stirling) facing Lucchese (John Muse, Lucas James, Nico Pieres and Luke Tomlinson) at noon followed by a 3pm contest between Black Bears (Guy Schwarzenbach, Facundo Sola, John Paul Clarkin and Patrick O’Dwyer) and Cortium Sports (Francisco Elizalde, Salvador Ulloa, Tomas Garcia del Rio, Adrian Kirby).