GOLD CUP FINAL HELD AT COWDRAY PARK POLO CLUB
25 July 2017
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup was played to decide the British Open Polo Championship and is the premier polo tournament in the world at 22 goal (High Level) goal
The tournament was established in 1965 by 3rd Viscount Cowdray. Players have included members of the British Royal Family like Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Philip,Duke of Edinburgh Kerry Packer and his son Jamie Packer.
The finals on Sunday, 23rd July had the teams King Power Foxes and El Remanso competing with each other. They were on neck and neck competition.
There were a few knights as mascots during the cup for entertainment purposes. Also, BMQ was a sponsor while Air Ambulance was their wonderful charity partner. There was also a special Reverso watch engraved for the winning team.
Both the teams gave their best and performed wonderfully. Unfortunately, for team El Remanso, they could not perform as well King Power Foxes. The final score came to El Remanso having 8 points and King Power Foxes having 13.
King Power Foxes had a hat-trick in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship. Hugo Taylor, of King Power team was one goal player, and took the place of “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha, with James ‘Jimbo’ Fewster at 2, and the mighty combination of the 10 goal Pieres brothers Gonzalito at 3 and Facundo at Back. El Remanso played the tried and tested line up of their 2016 side with Charlie Hanbury at the front door, Ollie Cudmore (5 goals) at 2, and 6 goal players James Beim and James Harper at 3 and Back.
Team El Remanso made a great start with Charlie Hanbury first to score. The English quartet dominated early, shutting down the two Pieres superstars while sending their own players out front to score. However, the boys in blue understood their tactics easily, and the score was 3-3 at the end of the second chukka. Chukka 3 saw a turning point for King Power Foxes, who managed to get a score of 6-3 by the end.
Chukka 4 witnessed two more goals on the scoreboard for King Power, including an amazing performance from Fewster, before James Harper added to El Remanso’s scoreline. Facundo scored a goal and the chukka ended with the Foxes five goals ahead on 9-4. El Remanso rallied in the fifth, James Beim scoring a field goal and Harper converting a 30 yard penalty. Facundo Pieres answered with the accurate conversion of a 60 yard penalty and a super field goal and it was left to Harper to follow his example and finish the chukka.
The final chukka was extremely exciting, with Jimbo Fewster contributing his third goal of the match, and when Power Foxes were awarded a spot penalty, Gonzalito slipped the ball through the posts for the side’s 13th goal. El Remanso had a throw-in and won the ball, and Harper sent a long ball down the field and Ollie Cudmore picked it up and scored but it was late since Foxes were already ahead since they wanted the title for the third time. Although the scoreline may not have reflected the closeness of the game, King Power proved to be extremely strong and overpowered El Remanso in the second half. Facundo Pieres led the scoring with five goals while Jimbo Fewster playing in his first Gold Cup Final equalled Gonzalito Pieres in the goalscoring stakes and was named Most Valuable Player. Everyone on the El Remanso side contributed to the score with at least one goal each.
Lila Pearson presented the Best Playing Pony award to New Chicago, owned and played by Gonzalito Pieres. Zahra Kassim-Lakha of Jaeger-LeCoultre UK, presented the Most Valuable Player award to Jimbo Fewster and together with the Deputy CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Geoffroy Lefebvre, presented individual prizes to the El Remanso team. Specially engraved Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches were presented to the winning team by Geoffroy Lefebvre and Zahra Kassim-Lakha. Thierry Wallaert, Export Manager of Louis Roederer presented a Salmanazar of champagne, equivalent to 18 bottles, to the King Power Foxes’ captain Facundo Pieres. Finally, Geoffroy Lefebvre of Jaeger-LeCoultre presented the coveted golden trophy to Facu, who hoisted it aloft in front of the King Power Foxes’ support team, clearly delighted that he and his brother had achieved a hat trick of wins on behalf of the Srivaddhanaprabha family.