Senzaltro take The Kingscote Cup in the storm
In pouring rain and extremely trying conditions, Senzaltro held their cool and came out victorious, beating Tayto 4 – 3 to take the Kingscote Cup Victor Ludorum 6 Goal. Reaching the final was a feat in itself with 12 of the country’s best 6 goal teams battling hard throughout the league stages with countless extra chukka games and many close score-lines. The semi-finals also experienced the lack of Indian Summer weather out on Aston Down, with both finalists winning their place in the final by just one goal in extra time.
The heavens opened above Ivy Lodge just on cue for the 3pm start of The Kingscote Cup Final, but with thunder to boot the show went on and those who braved the weather were not disappointed.
The first chukka saw many attempts to score but only one goal was clocked up on the board; a penalty from Jimbo Fewster which put Senzaltro 1-0 in the lead. Grant Collett did send another on target, but it crossed the line just after the final bell ended the first chukka so was not allowed.
The conditions took their toll in the third and no one could put another goal on the board. Tayto were strong in defence and Stephen Hutchinson came close to score, but his shot deflected off a pony.
Max Hutchinson makes it 1 – 1 in the third though – he takes the post with him, but the goal still stands. Mikey Henderson then stole the ball from the line out only to lose it to a divot half way to goal, but Collett was behind and punched a massive shot straight between the posts to make it 2 – 1. Rupert Lewis continued his penalty taking form from throughout the tournament to convert a penalty 3 to level it again to 2 – 2.
The level pegging continues to 3 all with just a minute to go in the last chukka. From the line out Henderson sends a shot up to Fewster who is waiting within reach of the goal, Fewster sends it through the posts literally on the hooter to put them on top just in the nick of time – 4 - 3 to Senzaltro.
Max Hutchinson won Most Valuable Player and Maizdulce went on to beat Sefton Lodge Racing to take the subsidiary Vale Bowl. Earlier in the day Los Chinos beat Noon Giraffe to claim the Owl Trophy.