US HANDICAP CHANGES: ARGENTINA ON TAP
Since the U.S. Open final April 22, players have been anxiously awaiting news of the handicap changes in the United States. They were announced Friday.
Tommy Beresford got monstered after a stunning 2018 winter season with Valiente in the 26-goal series. Currently handicapped at 4 goals, Beresford goes to 5 on June 1 and to 6 on January 1, 2019. Nico Pieres was raised to 9; Juan Britos 8; Julian de Lusarreta 8; Sterling Giannico 7; Felipe Viana and Jesse Bray 6. Adolfo Cambiaso’s children, Poroto and Mia, both go from 1 to 2.
Complete list of U.S. handicap changes: https://www.uspolo.org/uploads/2018-April-Handicap-Changes-5.4.18.pdf
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Meanwhile the AAP announced that proposals for Argentine handicap changes will close this Thursday, May 10. An application can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE, and must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRAW HELD FOR CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP
Eleven teams have entered the 2018 Cartier Queen’s Cup, which traditionally kicks off the British high-goal season. The teams: Les Lions, RH Polo, Emlor Polo Team, La Bamba de Areco, Monterosso Polo Team, Valiente Polo Team, Talandracas, La Indiana, Clinova, Park Place and El Remanso.
Opening day for the 22-goal tournament is May 22, and the final is set for June 17. The draw was held Saturday, May 5.
Some notable changes: Multiple-year winner King Power Foxes will not return, so Facundo Pieres (10) has signed with La Indiana. Eight-goalers Diego Cavanagh and Magoo Laprida, teammates last year on La Bamba de Aereco, go to different teams: Laprida to Valiente and Cavanagh to Emlor (with Tincho Merlos, also 8). Adolfo Cambiaso (10) goes from defending champion RH Polo to Valiente, and Sapo Caset (9) shifts to RH Polo.
The final is historically attended by HM The Queen. Last year when she presented the MVP trophy to Tommy Beresford, the diminutive royal looked up to the 6’6” player. When he leaned down to accept the trophy, she whispered in his ear, “Standing beside you is like standing beside a lamp post!”
Complete draw results, rosters and schedule: https://www.guardspoloclub.com/tournaments-and-results/cartier-queens-cup-2018
ARGENTINE FINALS: RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY
We’re going to have to wait until the Argentine spring season (which is fall in North America) to find out whether Argentina or Colombia wins the IX Copa de las Naciones (Nations Cup). Saturday’s final was postponed due to rain.
Likewise for the final of the 2018 ESPN Evolution Cup, which was rained out today in Argentina. Finalist teams: La Aguada Lavinia and Las Praderas.
The ESPN Evolution Cup is a new tournament created by the Argentine Polo Association with the Argentine Association of Polo Players (AAJP) in order to evaluate several new rules. Among the new rules are the number of personal fouls per player, the goal worth double if the shot is outside the 80-yard line, the change of direction directly in the middle of the game and limitations on the number of horses.
Photography: Matias Calléjo (AAP) and Snoopy
Article by: Darlene Ricker