TRIPPETTS LAUNCHES UK HIGH-GOAL SEASON
The British high-goal season kicked off Thursday, May 8 at Cowdray Park Polo Club with the 2018 Murus Sanctus Trippetts Challenge (22 goals). Heavy hitters include Pelón Stirling and Juan Martín Nero (La Bamba de Areco), Facundo Pieres (La Indiana) and Sapo Caset (RH Polo).
Defending champion El Remanso edged past La Indiana 10-9 on opening day with its solid four-man team of 4-goaler Charlie Hanbury and 6-goalers Ollie Cudmore, James Beim and James Harper. Play resumes today with La Bamba de Areco v La Indiana, and bracket play concludes Wednesday with Cortium v RH Polo. The final is Sunday, May 20.
RESULTS AND ROSTERS:
HEAVY SLATE IN QUEEN MOTHER CENTENARY TROPHY
On the same day as the Trippetts final at Cowdray (May 20), the La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Centenary Trophy final takes place at Guards Polo Club. After that there will be no rest for the weary at Guards, as the 2018 Cartier Queen’s Cup begins there two days later (May 22), and the final is June 17.The 15-goal Centenary Trophy has attracted a large field of 15 teams. Big guns to watch for: 8-goalers Diego Cavanagh (Sifani), Alejandro Novillo Astrada (HB Glebe Farm), Guille Terrera (Les Lions) and Fred Mannix (Hurlingham 1875).
Today’s games: Armis Snakebite v. Four Quarters Orange and Four Quarters Black v. HB La Forge. Bracket play ends tomorrow with Hurlingham 1875 v. Oakley Court Polo Team and Mad Dogs v. Sifani. The semifinals will take place this Friday, May 18.
SUPER SATURDAY: THREE FINALS IN ARGENTINA
Three finals took place Saturday as the Argentine fall season continues. The most prestigious was the Sesquicentennial (150th) Cup of the May Revolution (2018 CAIH), played on court 1 of Tucumán Polo Club at Los Sauces (San Luis). The Pompeya Polo Team (representing Córdoba) won the tournament for the first time, defeating Los Sauces 14-12. Ten teams of 10 to 16 goals competed in the province of Tucumán. Among them were two local teams and teams from the provinces of Santa Fe, La Pampa, Entre Rios, Córdoba, Corrientes, San Luis, Catamarca and Salta.
The province of Córdoba which took its twelfth CAIH victory, remains the most successful of the championship. The province of La Pampa has won eight times, largely due to the performance of Capaleufú, the most winning club in the history of the tournament. Behind Córdoba and La Pampa are Entre Ríos with five wins and Santa Fe with two. Tucumán, Salta and Correntes each won once. Sebastion Borghi, who played this year for Pompeya Escorihuela, won the CAIH trophy for the third time.
The Roberto Cavanagh Cup followed on field 3. The home team of Tapia Polo defeated Chapaleufú Escorihuela RUS (La Pampa) 13-12 in overtime. Felipe Corroto Buffo made the golden goal with a penalty shot 25 seconds into the extra chukker. The day ended with the Friendship Cup on field 2. Hípico Gualeguaychú Granazo (Entre Ríos) defeated Venado Tuerto (Santa Fe) 9-8.
More information on the three tournaments: http://www.aapolo.com/noticias
Photography: Matias Callego (AAP) and Snoopy Productions