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Cartier Queen's Cup Day 7 28th May 2024

Marques de Riscal 17 – 10 Ferne Park

Dubai 12 – 11 Sujan Indian Tigers

Alejandro Aznar’s Marques de Riscal registered their first win in the tournament with a convincing win over Vere Harmsworth’s Ferne Park. The latter were again fielding their super subs, Bejamin Panelo and Fran Elizalde in place of the injured Cristian Laprida and Pelon Stirling respectively. Aznar’s squad were impressive from the start, leading 4-0 after the first chukka and an impressive 10-1 at the half-time break. Ferne Park had a better second half but could not make much impact on Marques de Riscal’s already  commanding lead. Guillermo Caset went on to emphasise Aznar’s team’s superiority in this game by firing through two outstanding goals in the final minute of the match.

The second game of the day looked initially as if it might deliver a major upset. Jaisal Singh’s Sujan Indian Tigers, who have already registered one win in this competition, were 3-0 up against the mighty Dubai team in the first chukka. Dubai soon found their stride though, levelling the scores (3-3) in the second and then a huge hit, from some distance, by Camilo Castagnola, gave them the lead for the first time, a  minute into the third. By the half-time break it was business as usual for Dubai, showing a two-goal lead on the scoreboard (6-4). The second half was a similar story; Dubai built up their lead, while Sujan Indian Tigers consistently worked hard to keep themselves in contention, scoring four goals in the sixth chukka alone. Rufino Bensadon was particularly impressive for the Tigers. However, cohesive team-work from every member of the Dubai team not only made them a fearsome opposition but ensured they remain unbeaten. Dubai are the first team to win three games in this year’s competition.

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