Park Place win The Apsley Cup 2017
The Festival of Polo continues at Cirencester Park Polo Club with some more fantastic polo in the final stages of The Apsley Cup 18 Goal. Bardon Polo got within half a goal of doing the Warwickshire- Apsley Cup double, but Park Place stopped them in their tracks to take the top spot and lift the silver trophy, 6 - 5.5 the final score.
Juan Brittos was the first to score and get Park Place off the mark and in to the lead ahead of Bardon’s ½ goal start – due to a last minute team change for the final because of Martin Valent being replaced by Matias Machando due to injury. Strada was soon to put Bardon back in the lead however, easily converting a 40yard penalty. There was some great team play between Park Place at the end of the first chukka which resulted in a goal for Alfredo Bigatti, to leave it 2 – 1 ½ to Park Place at the end of the first chukka.
The goals continued to come in the second chukka with Isidro Strada scoring for Bardon; having carried the ball from the half way he eventually hit traffic and slotted the ball through players and posts from a standing shot. Juan Britos also converted a 30yard penalty, but just before the end of the chukka Bardon snuck back into the lead to make it 3 ½ - 3 to Bardon at the end of the second chukka.
Park Place pulled the lead back with one goal in the third chukka, they gained momentum and were definitely on the attack in the fourth with some incredible play from Bigatti to seal the Most Valuable Player Award. At the beginning of the fourth chukka he scored with an enormous lofted shot from at least 80 yards which went sailing high and bang on target. A similarly enormous cut shot attempt soon after didn’t quite find the posts and Bardon pulled one back with Strada converting a 60yard penalty. Bigatti was back on impressive form though; picking a ball from four foot in the air at a flat out gallop and taking it to goal. He lost it just in front of the posts but Chris Mackenzie was there to finish it off.
The crowds were kept on the edge of their seats until the final bell though as Bardon crept back to within half a goal with a with a sneaky goal coming out of a melee. A Bardon hit in saw them on the attack in the final minutes; some very strong ride offs and defensive play somehow resulted in an untimely dismount for Borodin. None the worse for wear however Park Place went on to stop a penalty and kept Bardon’s attacking attempts from finding the posts, long enough to hear the final bell.
We were delighted to have Lord Apsley to present the Apsley Cup trophy along with the additional awards: Alfredo Bigatti received the much deserved Most Valuable Player award, whilst the Best Playing Pony award went to Juan Britos’ lovely compact little black 7yr old stallion Tullipan.