The final game of league play in the Gold Cup for the British Open Championship produced a resounding 18-4 victory for Great Oaks LL over BP Polo on the Les Lions grounds.
A complete team performance from Great Oaks LL ensured their place in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 record, outplaying BP Polo across the field. Bartolome Castagnola led Great Oaks LL with nine goals, leading an attack that shot an efficient 14 for 22 from the field. BP Polo, without 10-goaler Juan Martin Nero for the third consecutive game, had Alfredo Bigatti step in but were unable to match Great Oaks LL’s offense, finishing just 2 for 15 from the field in the 18-4 defeat.
Entering play with two less goals on handicap, BP Polo challenged Great Oaks LL throughout the first chukka, conceding two early goals to Cruz Heguy and Guillermo Terrera, but responded with a Penalty 3 conversion from Alejandro Muzzio to trail by just one. Unable to maintain any consistent possession for the remainder of the half, BP Polo struggled to keep pace with the fast-paced Great Oaks LL offense that quickly generated a significant lead. Three field goals from Castagnola in the second chukka began a stretch of seven unanswered goals for Great Oaks LL, receiving contributions from all four players on the field. A Penalty 4 conversion for Joevy Beh provided the only other offense for BP Polo as they were held without a field goal in the first half, trailing 9-2.
Picking up where they left off, Great Oaks LL continued to stretch their lead further, scoring the first three goals of the second half, two coming from Castagnola to push the difference to double-digits. With the game out of reach, BP Polo tried to generate some offense in the fifth chukka, receiving one goal from Muzzio, but it was a brief reprieve from Great Oaks LL’s dominance in the match. A collision to begin the sixth chukka forced Joevy Beh off with his second yellow card, while father James Beh sat with an injury, leaving Great Oaks LL with four players against two, cruising to the 18-4 victory. Improving their record to 3-1, Great Oaks LL secured their spot in the quarterfinals, joining four other teams at the top of the standings after league play.