New boys emerged to claim the Hildon Queen’s Cup at Guards Polo Club last weekend

Emerging enjoyed a successful debut at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park last Sunday’s when they won the Hildon Queen’s Cup. The team’s patron Fabian Pictet (1) was delighted with his team’s 9-8 victory over Hubert Perrodo’s (0) Labegorce.

Labegorce started favourites after losing only one match in their battle to the final, although Emerging had gone from strength to strength during the competition, and had been playing well as a team.

The game went according to form in the first, with Labegorce scoring three goals including a first minute goal from number one Mark Tomlinson (5).However, the formbook was thrown out in the second, when Emerging fought back to level the score.

Goals came from Hector Guerrero (7) and Milo Fernandez-Araujo (8). Emerging also successfully converted two penalties, including one by Luke Tomlinson (6) to take the lead.

Fabian Pictet was first to find the flags in the third, before Labegorce’s Pepe Heguy (8) scored his second goal of the game. Hector Guerrero then gave a breathtaking display of skill to extend Emerging’s lead from the line-up.

The teams returned to the field after half time with the scores reading 6-4. The Labegorce partnership of Heguy and Carlos Gracida (10) stepped up a gear, closing the gap to 6-6. Emerging took the lead once more, with Gracida levelling just before the bell.

Labegorce started the fifth with plenty of chances, but failed to find the flags. Luke Tomlinson successfully converted a penalty before scoring again from the resulting line-up.

Emerging were looking confident with a 9-7 lead and, despite Labegorce’s best efforts and Gracida’s successful penalty in the last minute of the game, Emerging were the winners on the bell.

The Queen presented the Hildon Queen’s Cup to a delighted Fabian Pictet. Jethro, a nine-year-old English-bred gelding played by Luke Tomlinson, received the Hildon rug as the best playing pony of the match.

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