THE GOLD CUP FOR THE BRITISH OPEN / July 2016, West Sussex, U.K.
King Power Foxes retain Open crown

A crowd of 15,000 descended the lawns of Cowdray Park to watch King Power Foxes, patronized by Tal Srivaddhanaprabha, whose family owns Leicester City FC, successfully defended their title against American patron Michael Bickford’s La Indiana team by 9-5 goals in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup. It was a cracking final, and the first half of game saw both teams tied at 5-all and it could have been anyone’s game. After the half time ritual of treading-in, both sides came back onto the field for what proved to be a tough, defensive chukkar with no goals scored. The beginning of the fifth chukkar saw Facundo Pieres miss a 40-yard penalty but soon the luck changed for the team as Julian De Lusarreta scored a self-goal which put King Power back in the lead. Thereafter, the spectators witnessed some fantastic tactical play by the Pieres’ brothers, Facundo and Gonzalito, as they sought every opportunity to find a way through the La Indiana defence. There was no coming back for La Indiana and King Power gained victory as Gonzalito scored the ninth goal for his side. There were no surprises when the MVP and Best Polo Pony were announced for Facundo Pieres and ‘Sarmiento’ (dark bay gelding bred by Ellerstina, and played by Facundo three times in the match) respectively.

On his way to the awards ceremony, Facundo Pieres said, “Today was Amazing! It was very tough. La Indiana had a great season all the way through, but today maybe we were a little bit stronger”. He heaped praise on his brother as well, “Gonzalito played one of the best games I think I’ve ever seen him play”. After accepting his MVP prize, Facundo walked straight over to Gonzalito and presented it to him with a giant smile. After the match an understandably disappointed but ever-gracious Nic Roldan, who played a powerhouse No. 2 for La Indiana said “King Power is an amazing organization. It was an honor to play them, and we worked really hard to get here”.

The Finalists:
KING POWER FOXES (22): Tal Srivaddhanaprabha (0), Hugo Lewis (2), Gonzalito Pieres (10) & Facundo Pieres (10)
LA INDIANA (22): Michael Bickford (1), Julian De Lusarreta (6), Agustin Merlos (8) & Nic Roldan (7)

For more info, please visit: www.cowdraypolo.co.uk

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